Analogy of the Day So Far

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Dec. 6 2010 12:26 PM

Analogy of the Day So Far

From the American Spectator and Quin Hillyer :

Not to push theanalogy too far, but at times he reminds me of "IT," the brain onthe planet Camazotz in Madeleine L'Engle's AWrinkle in Time . One gets the impressionObama would be perfectly happy if all of us bounced our basketballsin unison -- in "mechanistic synchronicity," as the Wikipedia entryput it -- with his aim being "to enforce absolute conformity…, withthe claimed benefit of eliminating war, unhappiness andinefficiency."

Again, the analogy should not be pushed too far: This isnot to suggest that Obama, like IT, is evil, but only that he seemsin a rather bloodless way to want a society that marches to auniform beat, dictated by supposed cognoscenti from above.

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The gap between conservative and liberal opinion about Obama today is several oceans wide, isn't it? In the midst of a historic and unprecedented knuckle-under to conservatives on taxes, one that has liberals talking about ways to punish the president in 2012, the conservative line on Obama remains that he is a dedicated socialist who can only be understood with ever-grimmer and more frightening analogies. A president "IT" would probably favor no tax rate compromise.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. You can reach him at daveweigel@gmail.com, or tweet at him @daveweigel.