Shock and Awe… I know it shouldn’t matter. After three and a half years, we?re all well aware of the president?s peculiar style of leadership–his aggressive ignorance, the cocky way he asserts obvious falsehoods, his seeming indifference to the negative consequences of his policies. We?ve long incorporated these qualities into our estimation of the man. Either we think they?re intolerable and want him out of office, or we think they?re forgivable, acceptable, even charming, and want him to stay. Either way, they shouldn?t come anymore as a shock.

And yet they do.

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Paul Glastris is the editor in chief of the Washington Monthly. A former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, he is writing a book on America’s involvement in the Greek War of Independence.