I'd collected a few observations from last fall, as the presidential election approached.  In light of the accumulating evidence that Our President is more interested in campaigning than in governing, and in the face of the rent-seekers crowding out the idealists, and the idealists becoming dizzy with success, it's useful to return to those observations.

Start with Sarah Hoyt, counseling possible Romney voters to beware the presidential cult.
None of us was born when this nonsense started. In a way it is a twentieth century brand of nonsense, at least for the United States, the idea that a superior man will be found who will embody the virtues of the republic and flawlessly lead the people. Let’s face it, until World War Two showed us the horrors behind the curtain, Western Civ had got all jiggy with genetic superiority and the idea of the great man. And even World War Two didn’t wipe it out completely. FDR was to an extent our Caesar, the man who was perfect to take the ship of state and sail it to a “progressive” future where only the enlightened would make decisions and all would be as it should be.
In light of recent developments, a subsequent passage is on point.
Obama is no Carter. And our situation is in many ways far worse than it was.

But it is good, most of all, because Obama was bad enough that he woke the force that protects this country. It had been asleep for seventy years, sleeping beneath the dark hill of statism. It is now up, and roused and active. It is moving. The tea parties are proof of that, as is the massive swatting the Lords of Political Correctness got over the Chick-fil-A business.
President Obama and his willing accomplices in the legacy press weren't enough to awaken an electoral majority. It's going to take hard work to keep awake people upon whom it is dawning that the President's willing accomplices in the Internal Revenue Service investigating ordinary people extends the threat of Overweening Government to everybody.

Whether it's enough to produce the outcome George Will desires also remains to be seen.
Someday, someone is going to seek the presidency by demystifying it. Many voters will be astonished by, and even be grateful for, the novelty of being addressed as adults.
There's an intriguing observation at Mahablog about the propensity of self-styled progressives to seek the Savior President.
What [Erik] Loomis is calling “Green Lantern presidencies” I’ve called the “magic candidate,” which is the syndrome that makes people believe all we have to do to counteract 50 years of relentless wingnut organizing is elect the right guy to be president.
Perhaps, if politically active people of all stripes abandon their presidential cargo cult, they might find a way to resolve some of the tussles that seem so intractable.

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