By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog
Upon reflection, another thing strikes me about the Obama-Cheney face-off, or rather its interpretation. There is a mirror-universe quality to the partisan reactions to the two speeches—perhaps not surprisingly, but still quite strikingly. If you are a consumer of conservative blogs, Cheney was "a grownup," "sober," a projector of "gravitas" ... you get the idea. Obama, by contrast, is the callow, dilettante law school professor too busy campaigning to grasp the grownup, sober, grave nature of the presidency and the threat we face. It was "a mismatch."
If you're touring the lefty side of the blogosphere, the battle between them seems quite different. Obama was "characteristically thoughtful and elegant," Cheney was "completely illogical ... a complete moral simpleton." In short, "it wasn't even close."
Perhaps to distinguish which universe one is in when reading such reactions, Obama should be pictured on all conservative sites with a mirror-universe goatee, Spock-style, while Dick Cheney should be pictured on all liberal sites caressing a white cat.
And for a straight laugh, enjoy Cheneyku.
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