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Richard Cohen: Obama has lost the Hamptons

Interesting “read between the lines” column by Richard Cohen in the Washington Post today. In it he relates his sojourn in New York’s Hamptons on Long Island. As he describes it, “[t]he Hamptons is where the Democratic energy, money and intellectual firepower of Manhattan goes for R&R. It’s just not another beach.” Or said another way, it is an enclave of the East Coast liberal elite.

So given that fact, and frankly it is pretty indisputable, you’d believe there’d still be a lot of support for Barack Obama – given the alternative. Yes?

No.

Cohen:

Over the Labor Day weekend, I went to a number of events in the Hamptons. At all of them, Obama was discussed. At none of them — that’s none — was he defended. That was remarkable. After all, sitting around various lunch and dinner tables were mostly Democrats. Not only that, some of them had been vociferous Obama supporters, giving time and money to his election effort. They were all disillusioned.

It’s taken them 3 years to become disillusioned, but per Cohen, they finally are. And what are they disillusioned about? The very same thing we’ve harped on for 3 years. The fact that Obama isn’t a leader and certainly not the guy this country needs in charge in this time of crisis.  The difference is we knew that before he ever took office:

I expected more than a few people to defend the president. No one did. Everyone — and I do mean everyone — expressed disappointment in him as a leader. In that area, they thought he was a bust.

And this wasn’t something that was anticipated given his thin resume and his lack of ever being in an actual leadership position previous to the White House?

You know, at times I wonder about the supposed elite in this country. As is obvious in the case of Barack Obama and the wool he pulled over the eyes of the rich and powerful on the left, critical thinking is apparently not a requisite skill  for making money. That’s further demonstrated by the fact that they then handed over gobs of it to a political novice with no leadership experience and precious little experience in much of anything of worth when it comes to governing.

But here we are. And now they’re “disillusioned”.

Imagine that.

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO

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26 Responses to Richard Cohen: Obama has lost the Hamptons

  • As is obvious in the case of Barack Obama and the wool he pulled over the eyes of the rich and powerful on the left, critical thinking is apparently not a requisite skill for making money.

    Especially since a good portion of those in the Hamptons didn’t make the money – it was handed to them.

    But hey, we should not be too hard on those on the left, because they’re not the only ones taken in. What kind of cluelessness does it take to judge someone’s ability to lead the free world by the sharp crease in their pants? (Of course, that assumes you don’t think David Brooks is on the left. I’d say that’s a matter of opinion.) 

    But then we had a serious case of thigh tingling from Chris Buckley. I note that we have not heard much from him lately. I hope he at least inherited enough self-awareness from his dad to realize how badly he was snookered, and is embarrassed about it.

    • I just had to add this in from Don Surber. It’s USDA Prime Snark:<.p>

      Idealists and cynics on the Left race to abandon ship, in an effort to distance themselves from the sad consequences of their beliefs.
      The first to go were Maureen Dowd, Kathleen Parker, Peggy Noonan, and the rest of the choir of giggling middle-aged women who swooned over the Audacity Of Hope three falls ago.

  • “As is obvious in the case of Barack Obama and the wool he pulled over the eyes of the rich and powerful on the left, critical thinking is apparently not a requisite skill  for making money.”

    Thought I’d give a little perspective via name substitution -
    “As is obvious in the case of Bernie Madoff and the wool he pulled over the eyes of the rich and powerful on the left, critical thinking is apparently not a requisite skill  for making money.”

    Remember, these are the same people who are allegedly in favor of taxing the crap out of the rich.

  • I, for one, am damn grateful that Obama is a poor leader.  Think about the objectives toward which he is attempting to lead us.  Had Obama been a great leader, things could be measurably worse.  

    —Tom Nally, New Orleans

    • I didn’t expect Obama to be a great leader, but I did think he would be good enough to avoid obvious mistakes like overexposure in the media and conspicuous rich vacations while most of the nation suffered in this severe economic downturn.

    • That’s good with respect to domestic policy, but in terms of foreign policy it is still bad. We need a strong leader when facing the world’s bad guys. But the bad guys long ago figured out that Obama was weak. And, as Rumsfeld liked to say, “weakness is provocitive”.

  • I simply remind everyone of the observation that people of considerable intelligence can OPT to be idiots by embracing delusional thinking.
    The human mind is a “garbage-in/garbage-out” system.

  • But here we are. And now they’re “disillusioned”.

    Just wait till they find out just how thin the justification for so many things that they have laughed at conservatives for thinking, like …
    the “stimulus,” AGW, that America can tax and spend endlessly, ..

  • During the campaign Obama supporters focused on the qualities they perceived in Obama based on his demeanor or appearance. They couldn’t point to his record because he didn’t have one beyond a degree from Harvard Law and a couple of books about himself and his opinions.

    A few years ago Malcolm Gladwell wrote “Blink” explaining that the human mind makes decisions on two separate tracks. One is quick and intuitive; the other slow and rational. Gladwell cited the example of Warren Harding’s candidacy being based on little more than his ability to portray “presidential” to the voters of his time.

    Leaving aside his baleful politics, Obama is the Warren Harding of our time.

    I’ve wondered to what extent his election was enabled by Hollywood’s constant portrayal of blacks as police chiefs, doctors, scientists, judges, professors, military leaders and even as President far beyond the proportion of blacks in America, much less the real proportion of blacks in authoritative positions.

    • I don’t think there’s any doubt that some portion of the liberal and moderate electorate needed the emotional release of supporting a black candidate for president. They all knew it wasn’t respectable to support charlatans such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Here, finally, was someone respectable to support.

      So they didn’t want to look too closely, lest they realize he wasn’t really qualified and they would not have that internal assurance of their own lack of racism. Especially after pulling the “blink” trigger on him, they really, really didn’t want to hear about things such as his hard-left predilictions, his thin-to-non-existent experience, his racist preacher, and his terrorist buddies.

      I see some genuine psychological pain in these people, as some of the self-aware ones realize that they let their emotional need to feel good about a black candidate override any objective consideration of his actual qualifications. Few of them are ready to admit that to themselves, but the worse things go for Obama, the worse the cognitive dissonance builds up.

      • Harry Reid referred to Sen. Barack Obama as “light skinned” and “with no Negro dialect.”
        Biden noted that Obama is clean and articulate.

      • Even worse, by electing an empty suit, they’ve basically insured that this is the last black president for a long time.  There’s lots of people out there that will basically go “hey, we gave them a shot and they failed” and that’s that. And believe me, there will be planty of democrats in that category.  They did nobody any favors by pulling the lever for this guy

    • He was enabled, but it wasn’t by portrayals of role models, it was by ignoring obvious facts like his 20 year connection to racism, his association with domestic terrorists and his nonexistent record of either business success or legislative accomplishment, well. that and the Republican elite giving us McCain/Palin as their serious option.

      • … but they continue to ignore obvious facts, but now their disillusioned.
        And all of this can be cleaned by one trip to the Hamptons ?  Who wooda thunk it ?

      • When a Democratic president loses the op-ed braintrust of The New York Times, the jig is up.

        When Progressive sites start writing stuff like that, well …

  • Lemmings going over a cliff?

    I think much of it was based upon MSM approval or the approval of other “respected opinion”. No one on the left viewed Obama through a critical eye. They assumed, since others thought highly of him, that he was qualified. Besides, he was “smart”, an editor of the Harvard law Review, and well spoken with a teleprompter.

    This is a devestating failure of the “reality based” folks. They are not critical thinks, but follow the pack. They are not deep thinkers, they focus on superficials. They don’t understand leadership, but think that academics is the end all and be all of expertise and knowledge. And they trust the “experts”, those in government or the MSM, to do their thinking for them.

    This is not to claim that conservatives or libertarians are perfect. We have plenty of issues as well. But their side seems to be almost exclusively clueless fools.

  • It is fitting that Pres**ent Obama’s Jobs speech is on the same day as the start of the NFL regular season. The agreement between the NFL players and the owners will have saved or created more jobs than any program coming out of Pres**ent Obama’s Jobs speech.

  • “And now they’re “disillusioned”.”

    Gee and to think it only cost us $4.5 trillion.

  • The Hamptons is where the Democratic energy, money and intellectual firepower of Manhattan goes for R&R. It’s just not another beach.


    Is it just me, or does Cohen’s column just drip with elitist snobbery?  I mean, jebus: the dems are SUPPOSED to be the party of the little guy, the working class, the blue collar, 9-5 average joe, yet here is Cohen waxing lyrical about the Hamptons and the uber-rich libs as the opinion- and king-makers of the democrat party.  Blech.  It’s like Iowahawk’s T. Coddington van Voorhees VII, but with a totally straight face.

    McQI wonder about the supposed elite in this country. As is obvious in the case of Barack Obama and the wool he pulled over the eyes of the rich and powerful on the left, critical thinking is apparently not a requisite skill  for making money. That’s further demonstrated by the fact that they then handed over gobs of it to a political novice with no leadership experience and precious little experience in much of anything of worth when it comes to governing.

    Easy enough to explain: Bad Luck Barry told them what they wanted to hear and acted like what they wanted to see.  MiniTru – which is in part peopled and run by the Hampton elites – backed him up, carefully covering up unfortunate facts (Ayers, Wright, academic record, etc.) while creating the legend of the post-partisan, post-racial messiah.  Further, he (with MiniTru’s help) portrayed himself as ONE OF THEM.  This is what’s behind David Brooks’ crap about sharply-creased trousers: Barry appeared to have the credentials to make him a part of the liberal elite.  Unlike the snowbilly Palin (oh, how the elites in both parties hate her!), he didn’t go to a mere state school: he went to Columbia and Harvard!  Why, he is a LAWYER!  A constitutional scholar!  He rubbed elbows with the upper crust (snort) in Chicago!  He spoke like rich man, ate like a rich man, dressed like a rich man… What more did the other rich libs need to convince them that he was their guy?  Other people have made the comparison to Peter Sellers in “Being There”; it is apt to the extent that people were fooled by appearances BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO BE.  The only difference is that Sellers’ character didn’t set out to be a hustling con man; Barry did.

  • There are all sorts of ways to make money, and no, you don’t have to be particularly smart. especially if you are talented or well connected.

    These people all think they are so knowledgeable and sophisticated, looking askance at the teabagger in flyover country, they they are easily duped and believe some of the stupidest things.

  • IMO Obama has set the cause of African Americans in politics back at least 20 years singlehandedly.

    • IMO Obummer has set the cause of AMERICANS in politics back at least 20 years singlehandedly. Darker skinned AMERICANS are less African than I am European (first generation) and I don’t run around calling myself E-A. How many self-described AAs do you know who have ever even set foot in Africa? Ok it’s pet peeve of mine, one of many, but this ethnic tribalisation is more damaging than even the Dept of Education!