Several of my friends, along with the online liberal community, have publicly complained about the junior Senator from Illinois' recent flight from leftist ideals (and even common-sense American ideals) on items as different as the FISA bill-now-law and his Iraq policy. And as an unreconstructed populist and low-class rabble rouser, I have a certain amount of sympathy with that sentiment.
It's worth remembering that it's not about the American Idolatry we've made our politics into; this isn't about electing the Bright New Hope, the "Good King".
Our forebearers would remind us that the cure for a weak, foolish and depraved old king......is NOT a handsome, charismatic young king......but Revolution!
I'm not talking Laura Bush's head on a pike like the Princesse de Lamballe. But we were founded as a nation of rebels, dammit - cautious rebels, wealthy, propertied Enlghtenment-gentlemen-rebels, to be sure, but rebels all the same. We have spent much of the rest of our nation's history running from that. But there are times when you have to stop running and start fighting or lose everthing worth running to.I am not hopeful that we can reverse the slide into oligarchy and the Imperial Presidency that has characterized the U.S. since the end of the New Deal in the late Seventies. But if we fight the worst we can be is conquered. To simply throw off the citizen in our craving for a "change" from an ignoble leader to a noble one is to voluntarily put the shackles of a subject on ourselves.