Church Lady


E.J. Dionne riffs nicely off Hillary Clinton’s line about campaigning in poetry and governing in prose to distinguish her prosaic campaign style from Obama’s soaring poetry. My preferred analogy is, surprise, religious. Obama preaches while Hillary teaches Sunday School. Nor do I think the poetry should stop when the election’s over. When it comes to religion in the White House, Americans can live with a preacher–indeed, they hope for a certain amount of spiritual uplift from the president. But they don’t like a Sunday School teacher. Take Jimmy Carter. Please. I am inclined to think, if Hillary were elected, the comparisons with Carter would soon start up: preoccupied with details, pious, censorious, prickly, not fun.