This caught me, and the bold is all me:
Andrew Sullivan is right: If you voted for Obama in 2008 and don’t in 2012, you never really voted for him in 2008. That, perhaps, is the great tragedy of Obama’s presidency, and something with which neither the president nor his base have yet managed to come to terms.
Dude, seriously? The snipped part is from Charlie Cooke, whose work I like. But … seriously? Seriously?
There was nothing Tragic about the Obama Presidency. In the modern American understanding, Tragedy would be a POTUS who campaigned on peace and was thrust into war; Tragedy would be a POTUS who campaigned on building bridges whose term was brought to an end by an assassin; Tragedy would be a POTUS who waged war, brought peace, only to see his time ended shortly after peace was achieved.
Barack Obama’s first term wasn’t Tragic, it was predictable. Many Conservative blogs predicted the trajectory of the Obama Administration before it even got off the ground – most of us in that category were creeped out by the man’s messianic sense of Destiny and his interminable sense of premature branding. If there is a sense of Tragedy in the Age of Obama, it is that it’s no longer possible to talk politics among friends – those who love him, Love Him, and the rest of us would just as soon piss in the stool as piss on his visage alit.
Tragedy: the complete sense of losing respect for people whose politics are different than your own while living in a Constitutional Republic and a political democracy. In America, this is the Tragedy and the Legacy of Barack Obama. He has so personalized politics that people who disagree about His Work cannot intermingle, or, barring that, cannot discuss Him. My friends are about 50/50 on the political scale, but I only talk politics with like minds. This is unique to the last four years, and anecdotal as it may be, I know I’m not the only one.
Tragedy: The Obama Administration.
Yeah, there’s plenty of tragedy to go around, but none of it is a reflection of Barack Obama’s POTUS-time; the tragedy is in the consequences, and you know this.