There was less wow in the address that preceded [singer Kelly] Clarkson. Obama teased the crowd with a theme of unity: “Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation and one people.” But his “we the people” theme turned out to be more of a campaign retread. “We the people understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it,” he said. “We reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.”
And we the people accept that we live in an era of diminished oratory.
Yes, and we the people also accept that some high-profile, highly-paid, political pundits make careers out of confusing vapidity with statesmanship. And oratory with substance.
And rote, formulaic nonsense with analysis.
Ask not what your political pundit can do for your understanding of substantive policy issues and politics–ask what you can do for your political pundit’s logic compass. Which I think is to stop reading his column.