Here are two apparently unconnected pieces--Daveed Gartenstein-Ross (it's an excerpt from his new book in the NatPo) claiming that 9/11 was a "political gift" to Dubya and Rudy G. (because they supposedly "politicized" it), and Australian academic Ramesh Thukur claiming that Obama is failing because "he has has abandoned many core policy pronouncements."
As if. And if only.
What's the connection? It is this: When horrible events occur, some leaders--Dubya and Rudy, for example--rise to the occasion while others, for instance the man who was filled to bursting with the hot, wet air of hopenchange, will inevitably shrink down to their small, pre-inflated size.