Leftist law professor David Cole got the Washington Post to publish a piece with the juvenile title (in the print edition): “We don’t have to listen to Dick Cheney ever again (Thanks, Liz!).” Consider this a wish fulfillment dream.
No one ever had to listen to Dick Cheney, an ex-vice president with an approval rating that seemed to be approaching single figures. But the public does listen to him because it thinks he’s making sense on the issues he has chosen to talk about — fighting terrorism and keeping American safe.
This isn’t going to change just because his daughter’s organization produced a video that offended some sensibilities, including mine. The public will continue to listen to Dick Cheney, and I’m pretty sure that Prof. Cole will sneak a peek at Cheney’s future comments. For that matter, there’s no reason to think the public won’t listen to Liz Cheney.
One of the pleasures of being a conservative is to observe the left’s obsession with figures like Cheney and Justice Scalia (recall how lefty lawyers keep calling for a Supreme Court nominee who can match wits with Scalia). The obsession stems from the fact that, In their particular spheres, Cheney and Scalia are able to speak with a strength and clarity that the likes of Prof. Cole can only fantasize about.
The left is convinced that somewhere out there is a champion who can articulate their visions with the same kind of strength and clarity. In light of the nature of these visions, consider this a wish fulfillment dream.
That dream helps explain Barack Obama’s initial appeal to the left. But so far, he’s only been able to speak with strength and clarity on the campaign trail, not in the realm of policy. In that realm, his supporters find him “nuanced” and the rest of us find him muddled or worse.
Either way, Obama hasn’t been the one they’ve been waiting for.
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