"The problem is not just that he's an ideological jellyfish, too conservative for the left and too liberal for the right. It's that, as diverse and interesting as his background is, he was never down enough to make himself truly credible.
He needed some rock in that pipe of his youth. If he'd had a crack addiction then instead of an effete taste for powdered cocaine and pot, people might be a little more respectful of him now. It would have been an even tougher journey to the top. The big dog bite needs teeth sharpened by real adversity.
If our culture and society has faith in nothing else, we believe deeply in the redemptive power of resurrection. When you've seen us from the bottom, from underneath, you may not be like us but you can certainly understand us. Look at our heroes, like Oprah, and our cable stars whose lives we sometimes mimic and always watch hypnotically, collapsing and expanding like a lawn chair. We believe in someone who's been to the edge because they've also cleansed themselves in the purifying mist of confession.
But it has to be a confession about something considered really bad, not a bored Ivy Leaguer's afterthought.
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Should Obama have smoked crack? : Bronstein at Large