Shut Up, He Explained

Earlier today, I’d intended to do a post with that title commenting on Barack Obama’s outrageous, arrogant remark:

But I don’t want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess. I don’t mind cleaning up after them, but don’t do a lot of talking.

By the “folks who created the mess,” I suppose he doesn’t mean Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and their fellow Democrats who have controlled Congress for the last 2 1/2 years. Nor, presumably, does he mean himself; yet I can’t recall Obama ever identifying a single measure that he opposed as a back-bench senator that somehow contributed to current economic problems.
But Obama lacks any such self-knowledge. By “the folks who created this mess,” whom he wants to shut up, he no doubt means Republicans and others who oppose his government medicine scheme and other crackpot plans.
I meant to do this post, but instead I went to a movie–500 Days of Summer–with my wife and two of my kids; I recommend it. So Glenn Reynolds beat me to the post title; others may have as well. But we can’t repeat the message too often. Barack Obama is an arrogant would-be machine boss who fundamentally fails to understand representative democracy, perhaps because of his below-average knowledge of history, which we’ve noted on a number of occasions. Fortunately, “shut up” is not yet a winning political argument. Not in the United States of America, anyway.

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