Thursday, August 07, 2008

Is Obama the End of Black Politics?

The New York Times has an awesome article about the politics of being black. It honestly examines and delves into Obama's presidential candidacy and why some black leaders supported him and why some did not.

Here's Congressman Charlie Rangel on the subject of Obama vs. Hillary: “Of course I would support someone I knew and had liked and had worked with, versus someone I’d never heard of.”

Indeed -- an excellent point. Who is Barack Obama? What does anyone truly know about him?? And where are his footprints in the sand??

Obama is running his presidential campaign on the promise of bringing a new way of governing to Washington. Exactly what new way, he doesn't quite say but we're supposed to have faith and believe 'cause, well, he's proven time and again that he can be trusted, although exactly when he proved it, he doesn't say, either. But never mind, change one can stop it...and it's here to stay.

Well, Real Clear Politics has a real clear point to make on the subject:

Do we know -- does Obama even know? -- what he really feels about drilling off our coasts, tapping the strategic petroleum reserve, NAFTA, faith-based initiatives, campaign financing, the FISA surveillance laws, town-hall debates with McCain, Iran, the surge, timetables for Iraq pullouts, gun control or capital punishment?
Meanwhile, Mr. Hope and his merry band of followers have managed to royally tear the Democratic party asunder; divide father against son; mother against daughter; ally against former ally; everyone is at war with each other -- and no is safe from being trampled under the Unity bus.

Is this really the hope that we can believe in? Is this the ONE we've waiting for? Obama like fool's gold, shiny but no great prize...?

If superdelegates are foolish enough to vote for Obama as the Dem presidential candidate, then the only way to victory in November is for Hillary to be on the ticket. Someone with the depth of experience to get the U.S. out of the unholy mess we find ourselves in.

Much like Dubya's sham promise to bring civility and honor to the White House, Obama is running as a uniter who can put an end to all the fussing and bickering by the sheer power of his will. Or words. Or something. But as evidenced by the PUMA movement, Obama has done a horrible job with his unity shtick.

RCP makes another noteworthy observation. "[T]he more Americans get used to Barack Obama, the less they want him as president -- and the more Democrats will soon regret not nominating Hillary Clinton.

If the polls are right, a public tired of Republicans is beginning to think an increasingly bothersome Obama would be no better -- and maybe a lot worse. It is one thing to suggest to voters that they should shed their prejudices, eat less and be more cosmopolitan. But it is quite another when the sermonizer himself too easily evokes race, weekly changes his mind and often sounds like he doesn't have a clue what he's talking about.
That's right; the American public is refusing to drink the kool aid; and Obamazoids continue to write their rosy posts about Obama's game-changing national lead and why Hillary must not be Obama's running mate as if they didn't need Hillary's army of supporters to win.

Well, just ask President Al Gore how well a national lead worked out for him...

Do you want Obama to lose?
Obama is not even shiny. I cannot stand to hear his voice. He is just another George W. Bush. I hope he loses and goes away, away.
"Do you want Obama to lose?"

Yes. I don't trust him with my country. I don't trust him with my life. And I certainly don't trust him with my rights as a human being of the female gender. And I'm not talking roe v. wade here. It's much worse than that. That would be the least of our worries "under" Obama.
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