The Relative Comment

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philosopher kings

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I kind of have this recollection of people criticizing Presidential Nominee Barack Obama, back in 2007 and 2008 for being too professorial, and acting like a big know-it-all. He represented the inside elite, you know? Harvard educated, a lawyer, a professor, just a bit too…smart, almost smart-alecky. People said things like, ‘the smartest nominee is not necessarily the one who will make the best president,’ or, ‘it’s easy for people who are too smart to over-think and fail to lead.’ Those kinds of comments. Many of these criticisms were leveled from supporters of Hillary Clinton, and many were leveled by Republicans in the general election. ‘You don’t want the professor to be the president,’ they said. The argument’s been going forever, really, with the bookish Plato advocating philosopher-kings in the Republic.  I don’t know if that criticism held up in the reality of President Obama. History will tell us that. It’s just interesting, is all. Because, you know.

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Written by Christopher ZF

December 15, 2011 at 15:20

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  1. Also, way to up your blogging game. I hope this doesn’t mean you don’t have a job.

    Redhead in Rapid

    December 15, 2011 at 17:14

    • Stinking Douthat reading my future mind. I had an considerate thought about the candidates, only to have He of the Goatee beat me to it.

      also. i have a job.

      czfinke

      December 15, 2011 at 17:18


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