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Keep Your Stinking Stimulus?

While the Blago/Burris mess doesn't touch Obama directly, David Frum argues that it reflects his longtime approach to politics:

"When another Chicago pol, Rep. Bobby Rush stepped forward to compare Burris opponents to Southern segregationists, Senate Democrats collapsed--and President Obama collapsed with them. Obama surely feels little love for Rush, who bested Obama in the Democratic primary for the House seat Rush took in 2000. But Obama would not stand up against Rush either.

"Okay, presidents don't have to join every fight. But Obama's abstention from this particular fight follows a career-long pattern. Obama rose through one of the most corrupt political systems in the United States. He largely avoided contamination by the system (largely but not perfectly: see Rezko, Tony, benefactions of). But neither did he ever confront that system."

Not as much reaction as I expected to Eric Holder's strong words about the alleged lack of racial candor in this country, but Powerline's Paul Mirengoff jumps on it:

"Attorney General Holder has called America 'a nation of cowards' when it comes to 'things racial.' According to Holder, 'average Americans' are afraid to 'talk enough with each other about race.'

"By using the word 'cowards,' Holder has gotten himself some attention, at least for today. That's ironic because his long-winded speech is 99 percent content free."

My own view is that we had a lengthy national conversation about race built around Obama's candidacy, and his election.

In whacking Gov. David Paterson, the New York Post editorial page includes these eye-opening words:

"Paterson's blindness severely constricts his ability to acquire basic information. His administration is adrift; he is inconsistent, imprecise and often contradictory in his public statements."

Well, he is legally blind, and that means he can't read memos and has to memorize speeches. But should that be included in an indictment of his political skills?

My column yesterday on newspapers being damaged by the inability to charge for online content was part of a raging debate about the industry's viability.

Jeff Jarvis, author of a new book on Google, weighs in at Buzz Machine:


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