Commentary Magazine


The Great Insulter

I imagine that some might be put off that Barack Obama told a concerned Hillary Clinton supporter, “If women take a moment to realize that on every issue important to women, John McCain is not in their corner, that would help them get over it.” Let me offer a word of advice: “get over it” ranks up there with “don’t worry your pretty head” or “sweetie.”

There really is a disconnect between the image of Obama as a sort of national psychiatrist whose sensitivity and listening skills outstrip those of mere mortals and a series of events which suggest he is less than tactful. Really, if Obama is the anti-Bush, the Great Diplomat why does he keep antagonizing people? It’s hard to be a conciliator if you never admit any errors and accuse skeptics of being irrational.