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Obama – For whom the bells have tolled

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May 3, 2007

“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

19 Responses to Obama – For whom the bells have tolled

  1. mary cali

    May 4, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    Mary

    I have to apologize for the use of the male gender when speaking of the president. We are all so enculturated to think of “he” when referring to the president. Then it just gets too wordy to say he or she etc.

  2. Bill Robinson

    May 5, 2007 at 12:03 am

    Have you ever noticed how people who use their real names write rationally and with sensitivity whereas those who are afraid to use their names write with great malice and anger and often exhibit signs of anti- this or that?

  3. rporter314

    May 5, 2007 at 10:23 am

    I often wonder why people make a big deal about a person’s experience. So I can deduce that in your opinion since he is inexperienced that the more experienced person such as the current President can f**k things up and everything is ok. kewl. Let’s get more experienced people in office especially those from the major political parties.

  4. SEAL

    May 5, 2007 at 6:02 pm

    I’ve heard a lot of people make the comment that those who use real names are more rational in posting but I’ve never found that to be true. The assumption is that those who don’t are hiding. But some people cannot expose their true names for very good reasons. And I see nothing wrong in being cautious about public exposure when dealing with controversial subjects. There are enough horror stories to justify it. The world is full of lunatics.

  5. SEAL

    May 5, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    Just exactly what experience is necessary in order to establish a foreign policy? Seems to me the policy should be a matter of what is right or wrong for our country. That’s just making good decisions.

    Foreign affairs has two basic categories. One is only business decisions. The economic agreements between countries. Thus far, the experience we have had with that has been deplorable. I’ve had about all the experience with that I want. We need someone without that experience who will make better decisions.

    The other has to do with disagreements between nations. Some are of like minds and some are not. There is nothing wrong with that unless one attempts to force their views upon another. Our policy should be very simple. You leave us alone and we will leave you alone. Our past experience has been to interfere in the affairs of other nations. Attempting to inject or even force our views upon them. That experience has proved very costly in human life for everyone. It has, also, proved to be very expensive. I’ve had all the experience with that I want, too.

    I think it’s about time we had less “experience” in our foreign policy and more good decisions.

  6. Dayahka

    May 6, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    What, pray tell, do we do for the next 19 months but watch pretentious people squirm and then burn?

    Truth to tell, Obama is finished, as the writer notes, but so is McCain, so is Guiliani (of “Bush is a great president” sucking up), and so are a few others. All this is just entertainment until the oligarchy decides who they want to support, really. It may probably be none of the above (currently on the scene).

    The time for serious consideration is many months away, meanwhile just enjoy the comedy.

  7. Razor

    May 10, 2007 at 10:54 am

    Just because major media censorship decides who gets favorable press as a way to stack the deck, don’t over look the only man who is willing to save this nation from sinking deeper into fascism. During the debate last week, Ron Paul was the only one who had answers and plans how he would fix our major ills. He won that debate hands down but was not even mentioned by the main stream media. Obviously the media is not truthfull concerning politics and they exercise censorship and false reporting. Why? Because they can. Wake up people and know thy enemies.

  8. TonyWicher

    May 13, 2007 at 4:56 pm

    Barack Obama’s resume is short and he is untested. His meteoric rise is the result of the fact that he has enormous political talent – more than Clinton, I would say. The question is integrity. Bll Clinton was short on principles, and I suspect Hillary is too. We can’t have Dennis Kucinch, even though he has principles, is right on the issues, and has a long and admirable record, because, as Dave Chapelle said, nobody who looks so much like Gollum could ever be President. Well, if that’s the way it is, then Obama is the best hope I see for more principled, progressive, peace-oriented policies. It’s just a hope. I don’t see anything more hopeful coming down the pike.

  9. SEAL

    May 3, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    Obama is in a perfect position to take it all and run away with it. All he has to do is point out that he does not have any experience at screwing things up. Look where those with experience have got us. Point them out one by one and then tell everyone what he is going to do about it. Be specific instead of meaningless empty political rhetoric. Don’t try to please everyone. Just please those that what change. Please those who want action. Please those who want to know what the hell you are going to do.

    But, instead, he will listen to all those professioal campaign manager types. Those political experts. And he will lose.

  10. Bill Robinson

    May 4, 2007 at 6:08 am

    Obama for President is as absurd as running Lassie for the office. Both are equally experienced and the only difference is that with Lassie you get what you see.
    Obama is Jackson (Jesse) and Sharpton in a skinny, modern, slick package. You can’t say “slicker” because nobody out-slicks Jesse and Obama can’t begin to come close. Jackson has his fingers in every till know to man, and the repacked Al Sharpton is remade in Jesse’s image. Notice the $5,000 suits that Al Sharpton has begun wearing and tell me where a poor preache man gets the money to dress like that!
    Obama is not as smart as those two. He has a higher office to steal from (Senators should and are able to out-steal any Rainbow Coalition leader with both hands tied behind their back)but Obama is only been grafting the small stuff so far. Wait till he gets to be President and see a real thief in action.
    Since a war is the best mode of theft a President can create, watch for a continuation of the Iraqui conflict or a new confrontation (possibly with North Korea) shortly after Obama would take the oath. He would put Bush to shame given the opportunity.
    Let’s not give him that open door. He will kill more Americans than Bush/Cheney ever did, and with greater pleasure. In his case it will be a pay back for his black, muslim, and who-knows-what-else ancestors.
    He won’t have any pity or compunctions about anything, for his morality is somewhat lower than Cheney’s. Any politician from Chicago knows how to steal, rob, and cheat anyone anywhere at any time.
    Beware Barak. Barak in Hebrew is lightning, and if we elect Barak Obama to the Executive Branch we will come to wish that we had been struck by lightning rather than have such a man in our White House.
    Too bad about Joe Biden, he would have made a really good President. Well, maybe there is another decent, honest and caring man or woman out there who could fill the office. I’ve yet to see one come forth with any sense of purpose and chance to gain the office.
    There is still time though…

  11. vietnam vet

    May 4, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    Bill, you have the right to say what you think. That’s what makes America Great.But you are not always right. Before this election is over, you will be proven wrong.
    If reagan can become president, so can obama.

  12. Sandy Price

    May 4, 2007 at 7:44 am

    I let the GOP go last night and wondered if there is anyone better in the Democtatic Party.

    Hmmmm… Need more input.

  13. eric

    May 4, 2007 at 7:44 am

    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.

    If we’re thinking about the same thing, it was not a website, it was a myspace page. Obama had every right to take that page at any time.

    I wonder if Rob Kezelis would mind if I created a Rob Kezelis myspace page that was about him yet was not under his sphere of control and as such could contain anything I saw fit to post on it, even though it was under his name.

    Were it really the case of a website I would agree with the above assessment of Obama’s team. However, this is a different case. Frankly, with all the crap I’ve heard about myspace, I think that site should require some form of ID proof before allowing anyone to register a page.

  14. Steve Horn

    May 4, 2007 at 10:21 am

    Obamma, Mitt, Hillary, John … you take sally, I’ll take sue, ain’t no difference between the two …

    There is nothing to distinguish any major party candidate from his/her opponent. Oh sure – the Dem’s will claim to support a womans right to abortion, the Repubs will scream out about being pro-life – but peel off the first layer of skin from the onion and you’ve got the same structure.

    We don’t need a better Republican or Democrat for president – or any office – we need honest men and women of high ethics who will do what they say, who will listen to critics, who will stand for something – and that something should be America – and every citizen within her borders.

    We need honest campaigns, we need real debates between candidates, we need accurate and unbiased reporting on the candidates – and we’re not going to get any of that from the major parties, they are interested only in their own continued domination – period.

  15. Swift2

    May 4, 2007 at 10:57 am

    If Obama was GOP — the taking back of his name (“I paid for this microphone!”) — would be seen as a supreme act of manliness. As for “forgetfulness,” Reagan was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s for much of his second term, at least. Saying so was a one-way ticket to expulsion from polite society. But there are always character assassins ready to take down Dems.

    The other strand is the “Obama is just Sharpton or (name black person you don’t like here)” is just the usual r-word rant.

    And then there are the people living in the fantasy world that holds that the will of 10% of the “independents” is always superior, and obviously more powerful, than either political party. I guess that’s why Joe Lieberman and John McCain are rumored to be planning to run together. Wow, that’s 3% of the vote right there.

  16. mary cali

    May 4, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    Mary

    I don’t agree with Bill’s rants about Obama. Show us the hard evidence Bill. However, I do not want another president with such little experience in foreign affairs.

    At this time in our nation’s history we need someone with a foreign affairs background. Obama may be OK for VP, but he is not ready for prime time.

    Presidents without foreign affairs experience have screwed up. Jack Kennedy had his Bay of Pigs and ushered us into Vietnam because he really didn’t know what he was doing. Of course, our current disaster in chief has made his own mess in Iraq and the rest of the Mid East. Spare the country novices in foreign affairs. I don’t care how charismatic he or she may be.

  17. kiki

    May 4, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    This is your perfect opportunity to escape the “dark side”. I watched those GOP Stepford Clones last night, too. The only one that even made partial sense was Ron Paul. ( And as much as I hate it, repealing income tax would be a disaster…we’re drowning in debt as it is. )

    As for Rob…I certainly don’t blame Obama for requesting Secret Service protection at this point. For one thing, we’ve never seen presidential elections ramp up this hard and this early.

    Additionally, I’m sure there’s some goofy skinhead racist out there polishing his gun and just drooling over the chance to “make a name for himself” by taking out the first African-American presidential contender that appears to have a real chance at winning.

    Finally, for Mary Cali, I don’t see Obama’s lack of foreign affairs experience as a minus. True, it would be better if he had some experience, but that’s what advisors and the Cabinet is for. He doesn’t strike me as a dumb guy. I think he’d get up to speed pretty quickly and surround himself with bright people to advise him.

    The world is so complicated these days that nobody could possibly know everything it takes to be an effective president. But Obama strikes me as having the right foundation and temprament to be one.

    I, for one, would like to see him get the chance to lead us.

  18. mary cali

    May 4, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    Mary

    If I may remind you we thought that George W. Bush had assembled the foreign policy/ military “Dream Team”. We all knew Bush did not know much, but we had some confidence that he had experienced people in his administration. Look at the mess the “Dream Team” has made. Yes, the president has advisers but I much prefer that he has some base of knowledge and experience to draw from and not have to rely on others to educate him on important matters.
    After all, the president is the “Decider”.

    No president can be an expert on all subjects that come his way. But in today’s world, I for one, would like him to come with experience in global affairs. A lack of knowledge about agriculture won’t likely start a war. Obama has too much learning to do on too many subjects despite his “temperment” and charisma. Temperment, give me a break. We aren’t talking about a puppy here.

    FYI, I would very much like to see an African-American president in my lifetime. I would love to see Obama be VP and from there he would get the required experience to go onto the presidency. The world is in too precarious a position for another novice. We have already had that for the past 6 years.

  19. Bill Robinson

    May 4, 2007 at 11:55 pm

    I never said that Obama could not be elected. I just was trying to make the point that he should not be–as I believed that Regan should not have been. Both are bad for the country–one was, the other will be. Obama will be worse than Regan & Bush combined. Let’s hope he never gets elected.