Monday, February 18, 2008

Take That!

Obama supporters like the Daily Kos never tire to point out that the Clinton campaign's assertion that Obama may not, in a general election, win a lot of the states (like, say, Idaho) where he is picking up caucus wins now is the same as telling the voters in those states to take a long walk off a short pier. (Via what logic they reach that conclusion escapes me...but hey, it's the DK. No one goes there for the way they tenaciously cling to the tenets of formal logic.)

So what do we make of this?

Our future First Lady made a bit of a faux pas today as she proclaimed that seeing the support of her husband's run for president marks the first time in her adult life that she's been proud of her country.

That's just great. Should we even allow our scumbag parents and grandparents to vote? After all, they created and ran the horrid country Michelle Obama could take no pride in whatsoever.


Anonymous said...

I gave a couple of points to make. First, a rant: Michelle Obama is truly an obnoxious person. Ever since the 60 Minutes interview they gave some months ago, I've found her to be self-aggrandizing, arrogant, and frankly, pretty stupid. Yeah--that's right I said stupid. Her education notwithstanding, she uses lots of big words to say some pretty idiotic things. How much do want to bet that she doesn't dream of following in HRC's footsteps? [end of rant.]

Second, up to now, I've found Barack Obama to be a likable sort, and he seemed to me a fundamentally decent fellow, albeit seriously misguided in his leftist politics. I didn't hold against him the ardor of his supporters, or the cult-like characteristics of Obamamania. I was willing to assume that he got caught up in it too, and was probably guilty of nothing worse than believing his own hype. At worst, this would make him naive and shallow (obviously, not presidential timber, but with his leftism he could never win my vote).

I must now reconsider giving him the benefit of the doubt. It now seems to me that he has been actively encouraging his messianism. From this morning's Houston Chronicle, Froma Harrop notes, "Volunteer trainees at Camp Obama are told not to talk issues with voters, but to offer personal testimony about how they "came" to Obama. Makes the skin crawl." Indeed.

This kind of campaigning is beyond the pale. Obama cannot possibly live up to the promises he is making, and he could never fulfill the hopes that he has cultivated in his followers. A lot of people are going to be deeply disappointed one way or the other, win or lose. This is going to do a lot of damage to the body politic of this country. I am fairly well convinced that McCain can and will defeat Obama in the general election (possibly in a landslide), but the howls from the left will be unimaginable. HRC (and/or the super-delegates) would do a great service to the country it they popped this chump's bubble now before he does any more harm.

The Iconic Midwesterner said...

I'll admit that I don't really pay attention to candidate spouses much, except for Bill Clinton for obvious reasons, so I really hadn't had an opinion on Michelle Obama. But, yeah, the attitudes she expresses sem to go hand in hand with the hard left "blame America first" crowd...that I am assured Barack has nothing to do with (despite the copious and effusive endorsements of hard left orginazations and his own voting record.)

It all goes to reinforce my belief that Obama is a fraud...and a potentially dangerous one at that because, I think you are right, we dont know how much HE is buying into his "messianic properties."

I'll say it right cannot claim to be a moderate and turn a blind eye to the extremism that is INHERENT when you cast any political figure in such a light.

That is why I am claiming that an ever increasing number of Obama supporters are now "beyond reason."

Anonymous said...

I don't much care about the candidates' wives either, but if the MSM insists on covering it, I'll use it as another data point, an insight into the candidate's character. In my little world, it helped Romney (the Mrs. seemed sweet), and hurt Obama.

I think "beyond reason" is a bit strong. Obviously, some of his supporters are beyond reason, but they always were. Many of them will come around eventually, rather sheepishly, I suspect.

The lesson that I am drawing from the primary season is that Americans are sick of the polarization, and are making a collective effort to nominate the least polarizing candidates. Once Obama is exposed as a leftist in the general election campaign, the rationale for his candidacy will melt away, leaving him with at most about 35 to 40 percent of the vote. Depending on how good a campaign he runs, McCain conceivably could win 45-48 states. Of course the media spin will be that "America wasn't ready for a black (woman) president. I hate self-serving liberal condescension.

The irony is that I believe that Bush tried his level best to unite the country and to work across the aisle on a number of issues, and was vilified for it by the left (e.g., education, campaign finance, and Medicare prescription drugs) and the right for the perceived betrayal. While I understand the conservative reaction to Bush's deals with the Dems, I don't get the left's reaction. President McCain is going to have his work cut out for him.