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Wed Oct 23, 2013, 03:34 PM

2. Tip and Ronnie would have found a bargain! What would Lincoln do? Obama needs a team of rivals!

Itís all such crap, and to me, it demeans the entire human experience. Confronting complicated problems isnít easy for anyone, no matter how much Churchillian resolve or Burkean restrain or Washingtonian patriotism or Lincolnian grit they have.

Sometimes things are just fucked up, and you could easily argue that weíre lucky to have people like Obama and, yes, even Boehner (he could be a lot worse) mostly trying to avert catastrophe. Who knows what Lincoln would do if he were in Obamaís shoes? All we know is how he handled the last southern uprisingÖand frankly I donít think Bobo and Ron Fournier would find Shermanís march to the sea so leadershipy and compromisy if it happened today.

Itís fun to imagine that the Great Americans of yore could solve all our problems if they came back from the grave. But pointless fantasizing is a retreat from reality. So is Niall Ferguson-style counterfactual historicizing.

Itís a mark of decadence and decline that so many elites waste their time wanking about things that didnít happen and things that will never happen instead of reporting accurately on what is happening.


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