Archive for March 24th, 2007

Shorter David Brooks

“Dear Voters: Please elect another amoral hack.”

When we Americans pick a leader, we usually look for the Leonidas type: direct, faithful and upright. We usually pick someone we hope is uplifting. Especially since Watergate, Americans have sought presidents uncorrupted by capital intrigue.

From Carter to Reagan to Clinton to Bush, we’ve favored Washington outsiders, people who seemed to offer freshness or authenticity, whose claim to leadership flowed from some inner light, rather than rugged expertise in the tough and nasty business of national politics.

But I wonder if this will be the election in which voters seek out a Themistocles, an election in which they put aside dreams of finding somebody pure and good, and select somebody they think will be wily and effective.


[W]hat the country seems to need is somebody who understands power, and the subtlety of its use, and who has had direct experience with friends and foes, foreign and domestic.


This is a unique set of qualities – more Themistocles than Leonidas, more Bismarck and Sharon than Gandhi, Havel and Mandela. People who have this mixture of idealism and wiliness are usually experienced and tainted by scandal.

But I suspect the voters will go to the polling places with a colder eye this time. In any case, before we get too lost in the tactics and personalities of the campaign, it might be a good idea to actually figure out what kind of leader we are seeking to hire, what qualities the times require. Is it those of Themistocles or those of Leonidas, or someone else?

So, who is this a love letter to? Rudy, McCain, or (ugh) Newt? Or possibly Hillary…

5 comments March 24th, 2007 at 10:57pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Media,Politics,Wankers

Again With The Oakland Photoblogging

Yep, more photos from Oakland.

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Orange windows. No matter what I do, the color and contrast are always a little “off.” Which is why I’m so fond of black & white…

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Coltart Street.

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Building pillar. More of these to come…

2 comments March 24th, 2007 at 12:04pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

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