Well, it's the difference between cool and reality – and, as Hillary's confident reply appeared to suggest, and the delirious media reception of it confirmed, reality comes a poor second in the Obama era. The presumption of conservatives has always been that, one day, cold, dull reality would pierce the klieg-light sheen of Obama's glamour. Indeed, that was the premise of Mitt Romney's reductive presidential campaign. But, just as Beyoncé will always be way cooler than some no-name operatic soprano or a male voice choir, so Obama will always be cooler than a bunch of squaresville yawneroos boring on about jobs and debt and entitlement reform. Hillary's cocksure sneer to Sen. Johnson of Wisconsin made it explicit. At a basic level, the “difference” is the difference between truth and falsity, but the subtext took it a stage further: No matter what actually happened that night in Benghazi, you poor sad loser Republicans will never succeed in imposing that reality and its consequences on this administration.Read the rest. I thought harsh reality would burst the Obama bubble, too, but I was wrong. American culture is very, very comfortable with all things faux, and would rather play pretend than offend by acknowledging obvious, hard-edged but now profoundly unfashionable truths. So we pretend, for example, that men and women are interchangeable in every possible circumstance. It's not true, and ultimately, that will make a difference. Bookworm comments on the DoD's decision to allow women in combat:
Nature is a harsh taskmistress, and many women and men are going to suffer as this ideological experiment goes forward.Read the whole powerful piece and pass it on. Her straight talk about women in combat makes it hard to keep pretending.
Most recent posts here. Follow us on Twitter here. Amazon store here.