Clarity begins at home
If "exaggeration, compulsiveness and inflexibility" don't describe Obama's infatuation with consensus and compromise, I don't know what does. What's more, reaction formation also helps explain Obama's hostility towards progressives who want him to actually do something-whether they be single-payer advocates pressing for real health care reform...
Could be. I'm curious, though, whether Paul has a theory that explains Open Left's hostility to single-payer advocates.
Sure we're all "assholes," as John Emerson called Lambert before they locked the latter's account. Maybe that's all there was to it, and if we were more likable, OL would have pushed for what Paul (here) and we (always) call "real reform."