Mistaking The Horse’s Ass For The Horse
Time, already rapidly replacing the Sears Catalog as the cleansing material of choice for outdoor plumbing aficionados everywhere, has, with its latest offering, bid fair to outdo even Mad Magazine, the venerable old periodical of ‘Humor In A Jugular Vein’, as the top purveyor of sophomoric jocosity in America:
Barack Obama, the leftiest left-winger to ever hold high office in America, ‘hearts’ Ronald Reagan, one of the most conservative of our U.S. Presidents?? One might be forgiven for presuming that Richard Stengel, Managing Editor of Time has redeemed one too many prescriptions for medical marijuana. But Stengel says,
“It’s a Photoshopped image of the two men together. They never actually met, but I’d like to think they’d have a good time if they were sitting down at the White House together and it’s basically how Obama from even the 1980s started looking at Reagan as a transformational politician–not in terms of substance, but in terms of style–with someone he would model himself after, and that has happened over the last 20 years.”
Au contraire, Monsieur Stengel. Obama has his role models, as I’ve discussed elsewhere, but Ronald Reagan has never been one of them. In fact, says Rush Limbaugh,
[…] “we’ve read countless times from Obama’s book about how he hated Reagan and his minions. In fact, one of Obama’s stated reasons for wanting power was to do away with what Reagan had accomplished.”
Assuming that Obama is in any way similar to Mr. Reagan is like mistaking the horse’s ass for the horse. But there is usually a method behind apparent media madness such as this, and in this case, with less than two years remaining before the next Presidential election, it seems to be the beginning of the Long March by beleaguered liberals to convince the public that the lifelong socialist for whom they mistakenly cast ballots in 2008 is in actuality a misunderstood centrist. Can they? Well, stranger things have happened, and you’ll generally never go broke betting on the idiocy of human beings, but this time it’s going to be, I think, an uphill slog.