Kimberly Strassel surveys what Obamandias hath wrought – and sees pretty much the same landscape as Shelley imagined Ozymandias left behind.
All this was vividly on display in Charlotte this week. While the party’s most vulnerable members aren’t in outright mutiny against Mr. Obama, more than two dozen didn’t risk attending the convention. In contrast to last week’s GOP celebration of reformist GOP governors, the Charlotte podium was largely dominated by activists (Sandra Fluke, Lilly Ledbetter), the liberal congressional faithful (Mrs. Pelosi, Harry Reid), and urban mayors from failing states (Los Angeles’s Antonio Villaraigosa, Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel).
While the GOP has feted its upcoming stars—including minority governors like New Mexico’s Susana Martinez and Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal—the president has done little to nurture his down-ballot partners. Where is the next generation of Democrats?
It was striking to me how little the democrats looked at the convention. The speeches were by has beens and low level activists for the most part. Cory Booker damaged a promising brand by defending the 0ne. Same with Castro. Other than that, where were the up and coming stars?
The RNC had real depth on the bench and showcased it. The DNC had – not much. Or rather:
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desart. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
Colossal wreck. That pretty much describes Obama’s legacy.