November 21, 2008


Jonah Goldberg on all the people who are already saying Obama is the next Lincoln:

I think Lincoln was just about the greatest president in American history, but I sure don't want to need another Lincoln. Six hundred thousand Americans died at the hands of other Americans during Lincoln's presidency. Lincoln unified the country at gunpoint and curtailed civil liberties in a way that makes President Bush look like an ACLU zealot. The partisan success of the GOP in the aftermath of the war Obama thinks so highly of was forged in blood.

Posted by Sarah at November 21, 2008 12:40 PM | TrackBack

Absolutely! Presiding over a nation that had so polarized *itself* that brothers take up arms against each other isn't anything to yearn for ... although I probably wouldn't use the exact phrasing as Goldberg about having "unified the country at gunpoint." Are these people even THINKING about WHY Lincoln had to rise to the greatness he did?!?! Oy... more ignorance on parade...

Posted by: kannie at November 21, 2008 09:31 PM