In another blog on the FP here, lowkell shows how President Obama leaves GOP contenders in the dust. It is not difficult to figure out why. The president has been "presidential" from Day 1. Each and every day, he essentially shows Republicans how it is done. The past ten days or so have all but been a class in how to lead. (The current GOP crop is unlikely to learn anything.) Let's look briefly at two events: The President's brief speech to Americans Sunday night a week ago and his 60 Minutes interview.
What this election tells me is that real leadership will have to come from elsewhere, from outside of Washington, perhaps from elected officials in statehouses or municipal buildings that are closer to the people, from foundations and grass-roots organizations, from the labor movement and houses of worship and community centers.Those words are from the first of the final three paragraphs of Bob Herbert's Tone-Deaf in D.C., his NY Times op ed this morning, which begins simply enough:
It would be easy to misread the results of Tuesday's elections, and it looks as if the leaders of both parties are doing exactly that.It is, as is usually the case with Herbert, a good and thought-provoking column which I suggest you read. Many will agree with his analysis of the response of both parties to Tuesday's results.
It is the conclusion of his piece, beginning with the paragraph with which I started, that catches my attention.
It is that idea I want to explore, because I think that may be the real hope for the future.