The Obama Purchase

Many years ago I knew a couple who adopted the habit of being gratuitously defensive about one another. If you made even the slightest comment questioning one of them in the other's presence, that party would say something such as "Watch it!" The admonition, however, would lack a certain conviction. Not long after they were divorced. Their earlier behavior then made sense: They couldn't accept that their marriage was in trouble. And each spouse would react defensively to even obliquely negative feedback about the other not because he knew it was false, but because he feared it was true. It validated feelings each was having about the other but desperately wanted to keep repressed. I'm reminded of this when considering the intellectual contortions of liberals who defend Barack Obama. No, it's not perfectly analogous: liberals are driven more by political ambitions and ego than by a desire to make their "marriage" work. But the denial is similar. A good example is a Vanity Fair piece...(Read Full Article)

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