Jonah Goldberg (You know: son of Lucianne… author of Liberal Helpings: From the All-U-Can-Eat Pizza Bar to The Frozen Yogurt Machine… Doughy Pantload. That Jonah Goldberg) writes a column about Barack Obama’s ego.
…a closer reading reveals a possible explanation. Perhaps he’s an adulation junkie. Maybe the diminishing "nourishment" Sen. Obama receives from "popularity" is actually causing him to ratchet up his pursuit of more and more praise just to get the minimal fix he needs.
This, of course, coming from someone who once wrote of his own Magnum Dopus:
"My book isn’t like Dinesh’s latest book. It isn’t like any Ann Coulter book. It isn’t what the Amazon description says or what the Economist claims it is. Or what Frank Rich imagines it is. It is a very serious, thoughtful, argument that has never been made in such detail or with such care."
…and maintains a website devoted to posting admiring emails and good reviews (including ones in German and Jeebus knows there is a joke in there somewhere) about his book. But never mind that. Is there a politician alive who doesn’t have an indecently high regard for his or her own abilities? How else would you explain a doddering and most likely incontinent candidate like 93 year-old John McCain’s still questing after the gold? And how about Mitt Romney who, need I remind you, SINGLE-HANDEDLY SAVED THE FUCKING OLYMPICS and amassed a small fortune and still had time to strap a terrified dog to the car roof while wearing magic underwear? Actually Mitt was wearing the magic underwear, not the dog. A dog strapped to the top of the car wearing magic underwear would be weird. At least outside of Utah.
And don’t even get us started on Joe Lieberman…. unless we’re going to strap him to the roof of a car…
The fact remains that politicians have big egos. All politicians. In fact, it seems like only yesterday……:
George Bush has claimed he was on a mission from God when he launched the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, according to a senior Palestinian politician in an interview to be broadcast by the BBC later this month.
Mr Bush revealed the extent of his religious fervour when he met a Palestinian delegation during the Israeli-Palestinian summit at the Egpytian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, four months after the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.
One of the delegates, Nabil Shaath, who was Palestinian foreign minister at the time, said: "President Bush said to all of us: ‘I am driven with a mission from God’. God would tell me, ‘George go and fight these terrorists in Afghanistan’. And I did. And then God would tell me ‘George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq’. And I did."
Mr Bush went on: "And now, again, I feel God’s words coming to me, ‘Go get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East’. And, by God, I’m gonna do it."
Narcissistic personality disorder? Possibly.
The ramblings of a man who spent the better part of his thirties snorting horse tranquilizer off of the asses of a thirteen year-old Mexican hookers? Magic Eight Ball sez "Without a doubt".
Or just a grandiose idiot?
At which point we feel compelled to invoke Noonan’s Law:
Is it irresponsible to speculate? It is irresponsible not to.