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Masterstroke

Tunku Varadarajan of The Daily Beast, a conservative analyst, has a nicely succinct take on the President’s dismissal of Gen. Stanley McChrystal:

Obama has reason to be delighted with himself right now: He has sacked a recalcitrant big-mouth; he has entrusted said big-mouth’s job to a certified hero and military star; and he’s taken that star out of contention for 2012, making his own re-election that much more likely, given the headless turkey that is currently the GOP.

You don’t have to buy into the dubious idea of a 2012 Petraeus presidential candidacy to see the move as a political masterstroke, if only because conservative idolatry of Petraeus means this is one move that the Right cannot attack.

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