Friday, December 12, 2008

Can the Center Hold?

Like John Yoo and Francis Fukuyama, I find Charles Krauthammer mildly terrifying. His is a brilliant intellect leveraged to unconscionable ends by the Bush administration. His justifications for the Iraq war--like the pure ideology of neoconservatism or "democratic realism"--are limpid and stunning. (Including pejorative overtones).

While it's easy to dismiss him as an ideologue crackpot, he is nonetheless quite shrewd. Take, for example, his assertion that by choosing Palin, McCain effectively undermined his campaign's message of "experience" to its detriment. Score: 1, Krauthammer.

Today's op-ed in the Washington Post is equally astute. Perhaps Obama has chosen centrist picks because he is uninterested in resolving the messy business of foreign policy and the floundering economy--and instead, interested in dramatic reform--Paul Krugman's New New Deal--at home.

If Krauthammer's right, I can only hope that Obama will employ the same merciless efficiency of his campaign in domestic policy. Or will it be the Second Coming?

TURNING and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

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