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May 15, 2012


Will Style Trump the Economy?

David Brooks: "Obama has displayed a kind of ESPN masculinity: postfeminist in his values, but also thoroughly traditional in style -- hypercompetitive, restrained, not given to self-doubt, rarely self-indulgent. Administrations are undone by scandal and moments when they look pathetic, but this administration, guarded in all things, has rarely had those moments..."

"I'd say that Obama is a slight underdog this year: the scuffling economy will grind away at voters. But his leadership style is keeping him afloat. He has defined a version of manliness that is postboomer in policy but preboomer in manners and reticence."














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