This will end in tears. The hysteria is not merely embarrassing to witness, it is itself contributory to the scale of the disaster that is coming. What we are experiencing, in the deepening days of a global depression, is the desperate suspension of disbelief.
It is frightening to think there is a real possibility that the entire world economy could go into complete meltdown and famine kill millions. Yet Western—and British—commentators are cocooned in a warm comfort zone of infatuation with America's answer to Neil Kinnock.
It is questionable whether the present political system can survive the coming crisis. Whatever the solution, teenage swooning sentimentality over a celebrity cult has no part in it. The most powerful nation on earth is confronting its worst economic crisis under the leadership of its most extreme Leftist politician, who has virtually no experience of federal politics. That is not an opportunity but a catastrophe.
These are frank, even ungracious, words: they have the one merit that, unlike almost everything else written today about [the new American leader], they will not require to be eaten in the future.
20 January 2009