Donald Sensing, on why Barack Obama's ill-fated remarks about bayonets and horses may have been his most epic fail of the campaign season:
Sarcasm and condescension only work if the speaker's presumption of lofty superior knowledge is borne out by his command of actual facts. You can't successfully accuse your opponent of being an ignoramus when you don't know what you're talking about yourself.
I think of theoretical physicist Sheldon Cooper's character on The Big Bang Theory. A self-proclaimed genius, full of pomposity and arrogant self-regard, the audience roots for the insufferable doctor to receive his comeuppance.
It's when he leaves his intellectual comfort zone that Cooper is most vulnerable to ridicule. Obama didn't first leave his last night when talking about foreign policy, he left it as soon as he became the nation's Chief Executive. Yet he's been lecturing the American people on their failures - primarily, their failures to appreciate him - while looking down his nose at us, for almost four years.
It's time for a certain snooty college professor to get his due. And the American people will come out in droves this November to deliver it...