Is the definition of political misfortune Peter Beinart’s faint praise of Joe Biden, or Jeffrey Goldberg and William Kristol’s praise of Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy toughness? Mr. Biden is another stolid, unimaginative New Democrat, not withstanding Mr. Beinart’s attempt at steering the political conversation into a direction that is to say the least puzzling, or just one ‘liberal’ scratching another ‘liberals’ back? Was Mr. Beinart subject to courtship, or was he like John Stewart a regular caller on a prominent office holder? Public intellectual and comedians have a weakness for the powerful!
After Obama’s ‘Hope and Change’ mantra of 2008, that was pure public relations sloganeering devoid of political substance, and the policy schizophrenia of second term: a proxy war in Ukraine led by Victoria Nuland, and her Neo-Con and R2P zealot allies, and the Iran Deal led by John Kerry-what can one make of the whole of it? Not to speak of Obama’s boast that he could be elected to a third term!