Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Interesting View of Obama's Pragmatism

The fact that I can't quite figure out what the editors of the Christian Science Monitor want, believe, or think is part of why I tend to like their pieces. This is a good guest editorial that, while structured as a criticism of Obama's M.O., illuminates for me exactly what I like about him. It's written well in any case.

My favorite line: [Obama] presumes that policies forged by reason, evidence, and "unbiased" expertise (Pragmatism 1) – those policies that "work" – will garner the support of all reasonable members of Congress and thus bridge partisan divides (Pragmatism 2).

What an unreasonable way to operate! Obama is a "evidence fundamentalist"!

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