I guess the WaPo is a full service editorial page. You get neo-con warmongering, establishment excuse-making and ass-covering, as well as sneering glibertarianism:
Barely six months into his presidency, Barack Obama seems to be driving south into that political speed trap known as Carter Country: a sad-sack landscape in which every major initiative meets not just with failure but with scorn from political allies and foes alike. According to a July 13 CBS News poll, the once-unassailable president’s approval rating now stands at 57 percent, down 11 points from April. Half of Americans think the recession will last an additional two years or more, 52 percent think Obama is trying to “accomplish too much,” and 57 percent think the country is on the “wrong track.”
Yeah- Obama sucks because the minority hates him, the economic crisis he inherited will last into next year, and because the decades of mistakes will take more than a few weeks to correct. I suppose the most annoying thing about the Carter comparison is that it comes around the anniversary of the malaise speech, and you should read it again to see how much of what Carter was right then about, he is still right about today:
What you see too often in Washington and elsewhere around the country is a system of government that seems incapable of action. You see a Congress twisted and pulled in every direction by hundreds of well-financed and powerful special interests. You see every extreme position defended to the last vote, almost to the last breath by one unyielding group or another. You often see a balanced and a fair approach that demands sacrifice, a little sacrifice from everyone, abandoned like an orphan without support and without friends.
I’d start by condemning Reason HQ and forcing sneering glibertarians to go Galt.
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I can’t tell you how much the cardigan stuff irritates me. “Busting out the cardigan” is a sane response to keeping your energy consumption down. It is something simple, efficient, and everyone can do it with minimal effort. I other words, it is a smart thing to do, like keeping your tires fully inflated. I suppose the libertarian ideal is wearing only boxers in January with your windows open and the thermostat set to nuclear.