Barack Obama

Hillary’s Flimsy Case
Matt Taibbi
Rolling Stone

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/19767182/hillarys_flimsy_case

So Obama is weakest on the issue of patriotism?

No —Obama’s real weakness is that nobody really knows yet what he’s all about. He is running as a symbol of a new politics, a politics somehow less disgusting and full of shit than the old politics. But if it were to get out that he’s not that —that all he is is the same old deal dressed up in black skin and a natty suit —then he quickly morphs into a different kind of symbol, a symbol of how an essentially bankrupt political system can seamlessly repackage itself to a fed-up marketplace by making cosmetic changes, without altering its basic nature. There have been disturbing signs along that front, from the accusations that Obama aides called his anti-NAFTA stance “just politics,” to his angry stumpery against a Maytag plant closing even as he pals around with Lester Crown, a Maytag board member who raised huge sums for his campaign. Right now, Obama has millions of voters thinking Santa Claus really does exist; but if he keeps getting caught turning the usual tricks with campaign donors, attention is going to shift away from his heroic image and toward the prosaic reality, which in politics is always grubby and depressing. And with that, his value as a symbol will evaporate, and Christmas turns into just another holiday with those same relatives you hated every other day of the year.

—-

Obama Is No King
Today, the national civil rights pulpit is largely occupied by second-rate shakedown artists.
By Christopher Hitchens
Slate.com
April 7, 2008

http://www.slate.com/id/2188414/

The thing that this gaggle of cranks and parasites has in common is the extreme deference with which it is treated by the junior senator from Illinois. In April 2004, Barack Obama told a reporter from the Chicago Sun-Times that he had three spiritual mentors or counselors: Jeremiah Wright, James Meeks, and Father Michael Pfleger—for a change of pace, a white Catholic preacher who has a close personal feeling for the man he calls (as does Obama) Minister Farrakhan. This crossover stuff is not as “inclusive” as it might be made to seem: Meeks’ main political connections in the white community are with the hysterically anti-homosexual wing of the Christian right. If Obama were to be read a list of the positions that his clerical supporters take on everything from Judaism to sodomy, he would be in the smooth and silky business of “distancing” from now until November. And that is why he hopes that his Philadelphia speech, which dissociated him from everything and nothing, will be enough. He seems, indeed, to have a real gift for remaining adequately uninformed about the real beliefs of his “mentors.”

This entry was posted by JR.

5 thoughts on “Barack Obama

  1. We really do not know the real Obama and the more
    I research him and his associates, the more
    concerned I am.
    Simply read all of his responses when asked to supply records. Tim Russert, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times all requested records
    and got absurd responses from Obama.
    Where was Obama on November 4, 1999?
    Where was Obama during his terms in the Illinois
    Senate and when he was not present in the senate?
    No schedule????

  2. @citizenwells –

    I’m glad you responded. I agree. I had meant to post another article by Christopher Hitchens before you commented.

    Hitchens and Taibbi are pretty much the only writers I follow on domestic politics these days, yet it seems they would disagree slightly on a few issues. I simply like their no-holds-barred attitudes.

    Taibbi seems to like Obama. Hitchens will probably back McCain.

  3. Yarra,

    The reasons I love you:

    1) I can’t figure you out at all. I have no idea what your age, rank, rank or serial number are. That pretty much much does it for me.

    2) You have this fucked-up way of writing short one-sentence responces that encapsulate everything involved and yet leave the impression that you thought about the subject for 1.5 seconds. It makes me think of two people. Myself and thal. Three people. You are included now.

    3) You are reading my site everyday. Tell me you are Paris Hilton and I’ll propose marriage.

    OK! OK! I’ll respond.

    Why don’t you think Obama should distance himself from Wright?

    You’re basically saying Wright should be the one to fall on his grenade or sword or whatever, that Obama has come too far to have to deal with this shit.

    Makes sense. If I were Obama I wouldn’t want to risk it. Why not have him killed if you were that Machiavellian / Byzantine ?

  4. “Why don’t you think Obama should distance himself from Wright?”
    I didn’t really think about it in those terms, more the reverse; but he could learn something from Wright. Nah, actually he couldn’t, he’s listened to more of him than I ever will.
    As for Wright’s recent comments about HIV, do you blame him when shit like this happened to black people in America?
    http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0762136.html

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: