Oxymoron of the day: political elites
Walter Russell Mead finds faults with our so-called elites. And although the title of this particular post speaks to political elites, it really applies to “elites” of all stripes.
What’s a nation to do, submit to an inexperienced, purposefully vague, empty suit like Barack Obama or go with a dull white man like Mitt Romney who has a record of success outside of leftist politics and autobiography writing?
In America, the voters spoke and went with a man whose record would normally be a gross and self-evident disqualifier. How do such things happen? Because we have a political metasystem which favors style over substance, image over accomplishment, and academic credentials (and yet, Obama’s credentials must be questioned given his records have been sealed for one reason: to keep him from looking bad) in lieu of wisdom.
It’s clearly easier for Dear Reader to campaign than to lead; that’s what he’s good at. Unfortunately, America needs a leader.
This will not end well.