Greenwald also worries too much about the Republicans and the press saying nasty things about Barack Obama. This is a lesson I learned for myself by scientific method: a young-middle aged African-American, new to DC, wins the presidency with margin to spare; this is a new fact. I have two choices about what to do with it; I can tack the new fact onto my prejudice that it matters terribly what Republicans and the press say, or I can re-evaluate from scratch, reaching the conclusion that I overestimated the importance of Republican insults and biased reporting—what is this new phenomenon? I ask and then try to find answers.
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The way I see things, we all live in a big townhouse association, and don’t get along well with all our neighbors. Barack Obama lives in the association and is the association president. He cannot rid himself of the neighbors with whom he, and you, and I do not get along, and he cannot ignore their concerns even though they vote against every proposal, because, frankly, they are his neighbors and ours, and we can’t do a damn thing about it. Better that the bad neighbors vote against a project that unconsciously halfway satisfies them, than that they vote against a plan that just inflames them.