Drew Westen, professor of psychology at Emory University, has an excellent essay on Obama in today’s New York Times. It’s one of the best I’ve read on him. Certain supporters of Hillary Clinton during the 2008 primary campaign—notably Paul Krugman, John Judis, Sean Wilentz, and Sidney Blumenthal—were essentially saying the same things about Obama at the time. Their views mildly irritated me but I regret to say that they were right. It’s all so sad.
UPDATE: There have been a few liberal critiques of Drew Westen’s essay the past couple of days. This one, by Jonathan Chait, is the best I’ve seen. He makes good points, though I don’t think his critique invalidates the thrust of Westen’s argument.