Ok, for starters read this: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/21/opinion/21dowd-sorkin.html?_r=1&em&oref=slogin
And if you don't have an NYTimes.com account there's no reason not to, it's free.
Simply put it's really well written, well it is Aaron Sorkin, though i have a hard time agreeing with some (but not all) of the points raised. On one hand it has to do with my belief that any elected president should be vastly more intelligent than me. I don't want to sit down and have a drink with them because I think they're like me, I want sit down with a drink because i could really learn something. So an Harvard educated "elitist" that comes from a poor background and is possibly one of they few in Washington who actually pulled themselves up by the boot straps definitely sounds like my kind of guy. The opposite of what i believe, and what seems to be the norm, is the line: "The people who want English to be the official language of the United States are uncomfortable with their leaders being fluent in it."
On the other hand I feel a bit squishy about the the whole use your elitism to insult your opponents and proverbially curb stomp their heads. I like to think it's a bad thing, really you shouldn't go and insult your opponent just so you can act insulted at their response. On the other hand I like watching people who deserve it getting hoist on their own petard. In reality we're looking more at the first one than the second one, and the actual division in Washington doesn't help that. Thank you Karl Rove.
Though as an interesting side note i felt he wrote Bartlett better than Obama. That most likely has everything to do with more experience with the character than with the person than anything else.
OK and just as a wrap up:
So once again Inky gets confused with how people interpret Christianity. After having many long debate with christians about how they should still keep the sabbath, stay kosher, and eat more pickled fish. And in turn being told no you're crazy Christ created a new convent and the old rules are gone so keep your pickled fish. Ok I know I can't win this one even though Christians are supposed to be Jews who weren't ethnically Jewish. But then i read this:
“I would think of him as I would of another of mixed race,” said Glenn Reynolds, 74, a retired textile worker in Martinsville, Va., and a former supervisor at a Goodyear plant. “God taught the children of Israel not to intermarry. You should be proud of what you are, and not intermarry.”
Ok so now you want to be Jewish? Because last I checked Reynolds really isn't a Jewish last name. And you sure don't seem to be a hook nosed member of the children of Israel. Oy, so what gives? It's cool to go hating on Jews until a part of their holy book becomes quotable, and then it's all "hey look this is part of what we believe in"? Meshugener.
Yes I seem to be overlooking the Old Testament but I think that gets combed over for quotables, with out anyone really reading it. So my point still hobbles around on crutches.
OK now to bed since I feel that my point has wandered and gotten lost down a well.
Sorry for the randomness, or not.