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The mother of all defining moments?

Pat Sajak on President Obama’s anti-entrepenurial riff:

It’s as if President Obama climbed into a tank, put on his helmet, talked about how his foray into Cambodia was seared in his memory, looked at his watch, misspelled “potato” and pardoned Richard Nixon all in the same day.

Sajak argues that “defining moments take hold most devastatingly when they confirm what a large portion of the electorate already believes.” Anyone can make an unguarded remark or a slip of the tongue. But “when voters are able to nod and say, ‘I knew it,’ these moments stick and do terrible damage.” This, says Sajak, is such a moment.

I hope Sajak is right. If he isn’t, then the fact that Obama’s remark, so at odds with traditional American sensibilities, did not prove to be defining will become a defining moment.

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