Hoo, Boy: 
Barack Obama may have added more fuel to the fire for those who want to paint him as arrogant or elitist, praising himself Wednesday as “a pretty darn good politician.”
In a speech to Jewish community leaders in Philadelphia, the Democratic presidential candidate was asked whether the recent controversy over Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s retiring pastor, could lead to him being attacked by Republicans in the fall and create the possibility of turning his candidacy into one akin to failed candidates George McGovern and Michael Dukakis.
At the end of a long response, Obama said: “Let me make one last point about the comparison to McGovern and Dukakis, both excellent men, but I’m a pretty darn good politician. And I can give a pretty good speech and I can connect and inspire the American people in ways that I think will become apparent. I wouldn’t be here if I wasn’t pretty good at mixing it up. And so much of the attack machine that’s been built up is part of the old politics.”
Uhhh… am I supposed to be comforted by his thinking he’s a good politician?
What does that MEAN, exactly? I mean, Stalin was a pretty darn good politician, too. I’m not sure what value is accrued to freedom by this.
No, come to think of it, I’m sure.