Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Stephen Walt on Obama's "comeback"I don't consider myself a fan of the Realist foreign policy school. But one big advantage of the perspective of an [ue]ber-Realist like Stephen Walt is that is that he makes a real effort to avoid being caught up in the TV carnvial we still quaintly call "journalism".
In Why Obama's health-care victory won't make him stronger Foreign Policy 02/22/10, he writes:
Will yesterday’s passage of health-care reform give a positive jolt to U.S. foreign policy? Is Obama the new “comeback kid,” with new clout at home and a more formidable hand to play abroad? Will he now pivot from domestic affairs to foreign policy and achieve a dazzling set of diplomatic victories? My answers: no, no, and no.Walt isn't flakking for the Republicans here. His point is that the economy is still in bad shape and that's likely to cost the Democrats seats in November. I can't say I entirely agree with Walt's analysis in that post. But he has an excellent point about our press corps drama queens of both sexes.
Tags: barack obama, establishment press
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