If you only read one political piece today, make it this one from the Weekly Standard. It is, in a word, brilliant.

The Unpresidential President
Barack Obama has managed a rare feat: The longer he holds office, the more he diminishes in stature.
BY James W. Ceaser
August 2, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 43

From charisma to populism—this is the slippery slope down which Barack Obama has been sliding over the past two years. In June 2008, Obama the candidate described his nomination as “the moment when .??.??. our planet began to heal.” In June 2010, Obama the president promised his partisans he would find an “ass to kick.”

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