Obama has gone in assuming that his anti-colonial resentments, so aptly documented by Dinesh D’Souza, will give him something in common with Ahmadinejad, Chavez and Putin. This was his mistake.
Forget the marble pillars, this time there will be a giant 16-foot sculpture of Obama made out of 15.5 tons of sand at the Democratic National Convention. Building a giant sand sculpture of a living leader might be considered a bit tacky with its worshipful implications, but building one during a hurricane in South Carolina is in particularly bad taste.
Whether it was Gawker running a photoshopped picture of Condoleezza Rice with lipstick on her teeth, Juan Williams sneering at Ann Romney as a corporate wife, the LA Times mocking Christie’s weight or Rachel Maddow ridiculing Clint Eastwood as senile… the left wanted to do everything but have a debate about ideas.