Seizing control of the remote
[This series of comments is well worth discussing as a corrective to the bright shiny objects of campaign coverage dangled in front of us daily by our betters in the Village. I think the interchange so interesting and provocative that I'm going to call it out as a post. -- lambert]
On both fronts, Iraq and Afghanistan, this trip has moved Obama from a “presumptive nominee” to the foremost advocate of a rational approach to America’s problems there, moved him ahead of not just John McCain but also George Bush in his standing as a world leader....
The political power, indeed the voice of government as expressed by the people, has already shifted in America; we are witness to a slow-motion coup d’etat, a transfer of power well in advance of the formal election and one that is being done peacefully. This is extraordinary, unprecedented as Lambert observes, and well worth reportage.
Further, bringiton writes:
The monster of an Imperial Presidency conceived by Nixon and embodied by the Unitary Executive of Cheney and Bush is about to turn on its creators; there will be revenge, and it will not be pretty.
It remains to be seen what all will be done with it under the hand of its new master Obama, who is a clever lad and quickly realized that he did not need to wait for an election to take hold of the remote control, but compared to McCain it simply cannot be as bad. This particular maneuver, outflanking and turning back the imperialist adventurism of Iraq and vowing to start cleaning up the absolute debacle that is Afghanistan, appears to me to be a useful employment of power and one about which I am going to remain optimistic until I am shown otherwise.
I, for one, welcome our new overlords....