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Friday, November 9, 2007

The Point of Barack Obama's Campaign

I have not said anything about the Democratic candidates in a while. I'm already tired of discussing the implications of every single word they say, and most of the "stories" about them are ludicrous. (Hillary didn't tip well? Barack didn't salute the flag? Hillary put a professional hit on CATS? Edwards got a haircut? Dennis' wife has a tongue-stud and he sees UFO's? PUH-lease.)

But I cannot keep silent on the bullshit coming out of Obama's campaign any more. I didn't say anything about his come-to-Jesus tour of the South, where he insisted on including an anti-gay gospel singer because we "need to reach out" to the homophobic community. I didn't say anything about his holier-than-thou crap in the latest debate, where he all but accused Senator Clinton of being a liar when she tried to outline a complex immigration issue in 30 seconds. But with his latest line of attack about Mrs. Clinton, can anyone doubt what his real message is?

WASHINGTON - Barack Obama sparked a generational fight Wednesday by trashing White House rival Hillary Clinton for being too old to unite America, saying she and others her age have fought the same tired fights for too long.

"I think there's no doubt that we represent the kind of change that Sen. Clinton can't deliver on, and part of it is generational," Obama, 46, said on Fox News. "Sen. Clinton and others, they've been fighting some of the same fights since the '60s, and it makes it very difficult for them to bring the country together to get things done."

Experts and opponents pounced, saying Obama's remarks could offend the most reliable voters, people older than 50 - especially in early-voting Iowa. "You are counting precisely on an older group of Democrats in Iowa," said Iowa State University's Steffen Schmidt. "You can't tell them they're backward-looking. Somebody should be fired in his campaign."

"Experts," get a clue. Obama is not saying that Hillary is too old. He's saying that she's part of the eeeeeeeeeevil 60's! And guess where he's saying this? On Fox News.

The right wing in this country is notoriously, loudly, proudly anti-gay. So who is Obama courting when he refuses to fire a proudly homophobic singer from his tour?

The right wing in this country longs for that fictional 50's America, when the country was white, prosperous and Christian. To them, the 60's were the worst thing that ever happened, and they're still trying to reverse the good things that came out of that time period. (Perhaps the Senator has forgotten he's African American, but I'd like to see how far he would have gotten running for office without the Civil Rights Movement.) So who is Obama courting when he says that Hillary belongs to that generation?

Let me also ask, how many Democrats watch Fox News? Who is Obama courting when he goes on Fox to spread his message of unity with the right wing?

It's so clear to me, as it has been from the beginning, that Obama is far more right-wing than any of the other Democratic contenders. That is the point of his campaign: I can unite America because I'm a conservative Democrat - never mind the color of my skin. I'm certainly not a scary 60's liberal like Senator Clinton! It's the Harold Ford strategy, and it's a disappointing (and losing) one.

Any Democrat but Obama, please.


Flying Junior said...

Believe me. No anti-war hippie has more love for my conservative counterparts than myself. Still, Obama's message of reconciliation early in the campaign didn't ring true with me. The Republicans have stepped way over the line of fairness and decency. They have built up a strong Al Qaeda where none existed before and made us the most hated and feared nation in the world. It is time to punish them for their sins, not to reach out.

If what you say is true, Obama is very far to the right of the mark. The civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960's elevated our national awareness in a way that has not occured since. I think we can safely leave it to the WWII chaplains and their white-haired Sunday school classes to say that the 1960's was the worst thing that ever happened to America.

madamab said...

It is time to punish them for their sins, not to reach out.

I agree. Fascism has no place in America. It's time for these "conservatives" to be marginalized out of political existence, as they richly deserve to be.