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“Chi-Town, we have a problem.”
At least, that would be the message to Barack’s campaign handlers, if they were willing to listen. And unfortunately for Barack, that “if” is just a tad too big for his britches.
While his rise into national prominence was a delicate thing of beauty, those of us from Illinois scratched our collective heads, wondering why this semi-hack from our state house was flying like a swan, when the reality is that he lucked into office because of extreme, consistent, and religious based failures by Illinois Reich Wing commissars who run our GOP – more often than not, into the ground, if not into prison.
For all his failed memory lapses contained in his book, at least he reportedly wrote most of it. That is good. Kudos for that. As I try to get one of several (5) I have written published, I admire his success (at the same time that I would kill for 10 private minutes with his agent), the many errors and misrememberances are not a problem. But are they a symptom? Only time will tell.
No, we need not feed his publisher’s pockets to find more obvious omens of Barack’s ultimate future in this election cycle. It can be broken down into four pretty telling points, and two very disgusting ones.
Let’s start with Barack himself. He has several serious problems, the kind that will derail a national campaign by erosion, collapse, and painful agony. In that respect, his campaign resembles Hillary’s – because hers suffers from the same problem.
Barack’s first problem is called “Rezko”. A professional, political whore who buys pols in Chicago, Cook County, and Illinois when it suits his purposes, his close, constant rubbing of elbows with Barack is actually far worse than anything Harry Truman did with his Pendergast connections. Harry’s wife’s White House deep freeze freezer hardly qualifies as graft.
But Barack’s home’s additions certainly do, and that story has been stored, savored, and fully investigated by the GOP, should Barack be the nominee or even the VP.
His second problem is how he dealt with the “Obama” website. Ok, some dude liked what he saw, and decided to do stuff on his own. 168,000 members later, Barack’s naive, ineffectual, and small-minded group of political advisors decided that they should take control.
DUMB DUMB DUMB. REALLY DUMB. By taking away an indie voice, they lost 100,000 viewers and voters. They lost the site’s owner’s support. They appeared greedy, silly, petulant, inept and short-sighted. You know. Like George Bush.
(Say, does that mean that he may be too inexperienced to deal with a national campaign?)
His third problem was to one-up Hillary. Silly geese. Hillary can self-destruct easily on her own. But demanding secret service coverage so early in the process, WITHOUT ANY CREDIBLE THREAT strikes most of America as being Cheney-like, and not a national leader. Cheney, who drives 20 miles only if he has an army of 70 heavily armed Secret Service clones protecting him, has serious mental issues. By pulling this shit, this early, Barack looks like he has fallen for the trappings of power, rather than dealing with the realities of leadership.
His biggest problem is tha growing conviction that he is merely a flash in the pan. His rise was too fast, his descent will take time. But, there are signs that Obama-overload and exhaustion are already setting in. Instead of finding a new, bright, indie voice, a brave new pol, we find a packaged, focus group-based, person who is in love with the attention he gets, and forgets what got him there.
Now for the bad issues. They clearly exist. The first is racism. Ugly, nasty, yet there it is.
Inexperience. This is probably the worst. All of those first four issues magnify this argument beyond control. By taking a nuanced, controlled, and careful stance, he risks attracting new voters who are tired of Bloatway pols. At the same time, by failing to take strong positions on everything except Iraq, he risks alienating everyone else.
His star has lost its booster. Can he recover? Nothing is impossible, but it is highly unlikely. Obama will soon turn into an early leader in every future presidential race, but with little hope of recovering what he has already squandered