I am told that the students at Harvard were highly impressed by President Obama's talent for telling his law professors exactly what they wanted to hear. Some of the subversives even went so far as to channel their inner David Mamet and develop a grading curve for sucking up. It was called the Obamameter. According to someone who was there: this was, unlike Olympic judging, an absolutely pure and unbiased measure of a student's brown nosing skills. It used the standard 10-finger scale. The President never scored less than a 10.

There is no question that this is the only way to succeed in school and, so it would appear, in public life. The question is why anyone would ever do anything else.

The Navy has had a useful corollary, the Seaman's cardinal rule: "If it moves, salute it; if it doesn't, paint it."


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