Noted contrarian news outlet Slate has a very, er, interesting piece today called “I Still Love Obama. Love. Love. Love.” by well-known novelist Curtis Sittenfeld. To be charitable, the premise of the piece could be seen as amusing or just an attention-grabbing launchpad for a deeper discussion. But alas, no such luck:
It’s not that I can’t understand voters’ frustration with, for example, the fact that the Guantanamo Bay detention camp is still open. So Obama is an imperfect president—who wouldn’t be? During the almost two years he’s been in office, I (apparently alone among sentient voters) don’t think he’s made any major missteps: As far as I can tell, the economic stimulus package might not have been perfect, but it prevented something bad from being even worse. Health care reform will offer better coverage—or coverage, period—to millions of Americans, including children and those with pre-existing conditions. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is providing billions of dollars to improve education and infrastructure. And, hell, I have no idea what Obama could have done differently with the oil spill, with the possible exception of not succumbing to political pressure and so-called optics by making Sasha go swimming with him off the coast of Florida.
No major missteps? None? Obama couldn’t have done anything different, even with the oil spill? Even Rolling Stone, the most blindly-devoted-to-Obama media outlet in the country, wrote a damning critique of his administration’s handing of events in the gulf. I mean I can (barely) understand why some partisans might remain enthusiastic fans of Obama, but this is socially, politically and culturally obtuse rationalization. Which helps explain why there are approximately no substantive facts mentioned or discussed in a pointless and rambling 1700 word piece.