Some of my readers just can't understand why I would suggest that Obama's supporters, and maybe even the Obamas, have a rather elevated view of their own importance and seem to be suffering from an extended bout of political tachycardia.
Good liberals like Paul Krugman, Sean Wilentz and Doris Kearns Goodwin have noticed the same thing, but maybe they are also victims of the vast right wing propaganda machine. That machine couldn't put a pebble in John McCain's path but it somehow has - and continues to - distort our national political disccourse.
The evil geniuses have apparently gotten to Michelle Obama who announced that, for the first time in her adult life, she is proud of her country because hope is making a comeback.
It's hard to know where to start with a statement like this. As politics, it is a breathtaking gaffe. For a Harvard educated lawyer married to another, it suggests either a certain elitism ("hope" exists only for people like us) or a petulant lack of gratitude.
But most importantly, it reflects an overwrought sense of self importance. Michelle Obama apparently thinks that her husband reflects a resurgence of hope so unique and powerful that she can only now be proud of a country that has fought an bloody internal war to end slavery, ended two holocausts in Europe in which it had no direct stake, faced down global communist totalitarianism, underwent a civil rights revolution (from which she and her husband, deservedly, have spectacularly benefited), created a prosperity unheard of in human history and that has served, along with - really less than a handful of - other western nations England and sometime France) as a beacon for ideals of equality and liberty (even if we have not always managed to live into then.)
I understand that she made a mistake. But what concerns me is why she made this mistake. Maybe it was just the understandable enthusiasm of the campaign. But it reflects, at best, a stunning lack of self awareness and, at worst, a campaign that believes its own myth.