Wednesday, April 26, 2006


A Link Or Two

Jeff Harrell has some good thoughts on Mary McCarthy -- and he approaches the whole thing from the perspective that, no, we actually don't know much of anything yet!

(That's part of the problem. In a situation of journalists openly hostile to the current Administration, with some journalists actively seeking leaks so as to make the administration look bad -- well, when someone gets fired over precisely these sorts of leaks, it's going to be hard to get the straight story out. Too many conflicts of interest coincide here.)

In any event, I encourage you to have a look at what Jeff says.

On a different topic entirely, Thomas Lifson has written something interesting for The American Thinker. He wrote this, more than two years ago, on George W. Bush as our first-ever MBA President (never mind our first-ever Harvard MBA); the basic thesis, which I found interesting and persuasive, is that GWB has made a career of encouraging others to underestimate him, based on lessons he learned at Harvard.

Mr. Lifson now has a follow-up article, and I think it's well worth a read as well, although it's a lot more tied to current events than the other one was. (He talks quite a bit about Mary McCarthy as well, for example, with some interesting speculations in re Valerie Plame and Scooter Libby.) He concludes:
I have always seen George W. Bush in a different light than almost all of his opponents, and even many of his supporters. He is a trained strategist, an MBA graduate of Harvard Business School, where he learned that the point of having a strategy is to win when it counts, not just to feel good about yourself at every moment of the process.

When it counts, right at election time, Bush tends to come out much better than his enemies assumed he would.
Food for thought, as we enter a new off-year election cycle. Perhaps it's time for me to read Misunderestimated again.

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