All politics aside, this Barack fellow isn’t so bad.

Althouse takes Barack Obama to task for something he told a BBC interviewer before his African trip.

I don’t get too high when it’s high and I don’t get too low when it’s low.

Althouse, referring to Obama’s “rambling,” also juxtaposes his recent comment with a similar comment he made in 2008 after his first Presidential run.

“The line has one odd change. Back then, he said ‘when I’m high’ and ‘when I’m low,’ and now he’s saying ‘when it’s high’ and ‘when it’s low,’ she writes.

Obama’s behavioral, spiritual outlook appears to echo that of my own.

I’ve often striven (but failed to attain many times) for equanimity in my life. I dislike extreme emotion and fluctuating, excitable streams of perception and expression.

In this jumbled, chaotic, high-tech world of instant everything and communal real-time argument, equanimity has become a treasure, a rare find in a world that has retreated from any stoic semblance of steadiness and stability of affect. Now, exaggerated displays of emotion rule discourse, from celebrities on down to the nobodies who plaster their vanity across YouTube videos.

Where are all the real men? When did they become capricious and guided by glib, fleeting fancies? I thought this was the provenance of women.

Barack Obama is accused of displaying some of the traits that can be used to describe myself: aloof, misanthropic, supercilious, asocial, withdrawn.

The dark side of introversion.

I think I like Barack, for he reminds me of a great man: me.

But I would never choose to be President of this vast simmering heap of 300 million incompatible ruffians. It’s a testament to something in Obama’s character that he has attained such a lofty office riding on the tails of this dark introversion that usually spells obscurity in our modern, extroverted Western society.

All politics aside, not a bad guy.