Pretty Boy Reactionary, President Obama and Paul Ryan by Political Observer

Niall Ferguson reminds his readers in his essay Obama's Gotta Go, in both Newsweek and on the Daily Beast, that he was a good sport, a good loser in the 2008 election. No more Mr. Nice Guy, is his assertion, tied to the usual layer of inflated Ferguson egoism and self-aggrandizement: it's a package deal. There are the usual characters that inhabit the manufactured Ferguson Political Melodrama; The failed wobbly liberal incompetence of Barack Obama is, at this point, the protagonist and villain of the piece. Although some observers of the political practice of President Obama would deem it a moderate conservatism, but that will not do for the polemical intent of Mr. F. The stalled economy, rising debt and the pernicious Affordable Care Act play their parts in this diatribe, that acts as an indictment. About the political decline of the Republican Party, into the dead end of nihilist ideological purity, is a subject of no interest, yet the parade of Robespierres that have taken over the party, day by day, brings it's trajectory to the margins of American life into unsavory focus. Mr. Ferguson is a Conservative thinker and as such has made a contribution toward the victory of that very particular iteration of Conservative philosophy, some would call it unrecognizable, indeed a destructive hybrid, or more pointedly, a kind of Manicheanism. I must not in my analysis and my haste forget other important characters mentioned by our dramaturge (there are many, but I will select the most important) : Simpson -Bowles, The Arab Spring, the economic rise of China, that will exceed American success, a re-imagined Yellow Peril (a favorite, even a stock character) and of course Mr. F.'s current political romance with Rep. Paul Ryan. Now, mind you, Mr. F.'s support for the Romney/Ryan ticket seems predicated on his adoration, there is no other word for it, of the economics of Rep. Ryan, not to mention that Mr. F. has met and talked with him, and assures his readers of his probity and virtue. For the skeptics, like myself, an antidote to Mr. F.s apologetics, his enthusiasm can be found in Matt Millers collection of essays on Rep. Paul Ryan's economics and in Paul Krugman's column of August 19, 2012 titled An Unserious Man. For further insight, see Paul Krugman's reply titled Unethical Commentary, Newsweek Edition to Mr. F.'s essay.

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