Victor Davis Hanson concisely takes the measure of Team Obama in his post “Anatomy of petulance.” Pete Wehner’s “The art of discontent” is a good companion to Hanson’s post.
Toward the end of his post Hanson mentions a congressional race that we have overlooked. Hanson writes:
[A] rare American — war hero, author, West Point instructor, retired colonel, conservative– Chris Gibson is running neck and neck in New York’s 20th Congressional District [against incumbent Scott Murphy]. I don’t get involved in political races per se; but I met Chris during his one-year stay at Stanford, and found him a rare Renaissance figure — yet another of these idealistic first-time candidates without a political resume who are entering the fray to save this country. I think pundits have not appreciated the fact that this is not quite a red/blue, Republican versus Democratic race, but a historic election in which many of the Republican candidates are first-time politicians, beholden to no one, and not part of the Republican establishment. Their ascendancy should make things very interesting. Chris is a rare candidate, whose integrity is as unquestioned as his talents are boundless. It was an honor to be called his friend. He is an investment in our collective future.
Gibson served in the Army for 24 years, rising (as Hanson notes) to the rank of colonel. His deployments included four combat tours to Iraq and separate deployments to Kosovo, the southwestern United States for a counter-drug operation, and, most recently, to Haiti, where he commanded the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team during the opening month of that humanitarian relief operation. Among his military decorations are four Bronze Star Medals. He also notes that he earned a Ph.D. in Government at Cornell and taught American politics at West Point.
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