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Obama’s "New" politics?
Posted by: McQ on Friday, April 11, 2008

As most who read this blog know, I have very little good to say about the two candidates of the Democratic party. I haven't a whole lot of use for the Republican one either. In fact, some of his stances on rights and freedoms are simply unacceptable.

So McCain will have his day here, trust me. But right now it is Obama I'm trying to figure out and I've got to tell you, I'm not buying his "new" politician mantra in the least.

It started with the NAFTA gaffe in which one of his advisers assured the Canadian government that what Obama was spouting on the stump wasn't at all what he really felt about NAFTA. It was populist campaign rhetoric. He was doing what it took to get elected.

That's not "new" politics. That's as old as politics itself.

Very much the same message was sent about Iraq. Two of his advisers are sure that what he's saying now isn't what he'll do when and if he was to win the office. While I find that to be a good thing in the case of Iraq, it again isn't at all "new". It is politics as usual. Bait and switch.

Now this little goodie from Allahpundit at Hot Air concerning Obama's recent "I'm Israel's best friend" pose:
At Khalidi’s 2003 farewell party, for example, a young Palestinian American recited a poem accusing the Israeli government of terrorism in its treatment of Palestinians and sharply criticizing U.S. support of Israel. If Palestinians cannot secure their own land, she said, “then you will never see a day of peace.”

One speaker likened “Zionist settlers on the West Bank” to Osama bin Laden, saying both had been “blinded by ideology.”

Obama adopted a different tone in his comments and called for finding common ground. But his presence at such events, as he worked to build a political base in Chicago, has led some Palestinian leaders to believe that he might deal differently with the Middle East than either of his opponents for the White House…

At Khalidi’s going-away party in 2003, the scholar lavished praise on Obama, telling the mostly Palestinian American crowd that the state senator deserved their help in winning a U.S. Senate seat. “You will not have a better senator under any circumstances,” Khalidi said…

In interviews with The Times, Khalidi declined to discuss specifics of private talks over the years with Obama. He did not begrudge his friend for being out of touch, or for focusing more these days on his support for Israel — a stance that Khalidi calls a requirement to win a national election in the U.S., just as wooing Chicago’s large Arab American community was important for winning local elections.
"New" politics or the same old song of centuries - a politician who says what is necessary to win election, standing on nothing but what the majority wants to hear and for nothing but what it takes to win an election?
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Previous Comments to this Post 

If Obama is going to do the opposite of everything he says, should I vote for him?
Written By: Is
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If you take away all the racialst baggage that Obama brings with him on his voyage beyond race, what he boils down to is George McGovern, with a deeper voice and a nasty wife.

Ain’t nothin’ new there.
Written By: Martin McPhillips
Last weekend, zombie caught Obama on Billionaires Row, yet again walking a walk that his campaign has talked and talked and continues to talk about changing.

Written By: Linda Morgan
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Obama is an intriguing mystery to work out — who is he, what does he really think, how do all the intricate details of his life add up? It’s strange delving into his memoir, his record, his speeches, and web presence and I still don’t have a decent sense that I know this guy. Oh, I understand that he’s smooth, friendly, and likeable, and of course on the liberal/left side, but I still don’t get Obama.

There’s an emptiness about Obama, a Chauncey Gardiner-ness (from the book/movie "Being There") that I find unsettling in a man who according to polls is most likely to be the next president.

Below is a link to a Time article on Obama’s mother, also a mystery. Who is she? Why was she so attracted to other countries and non-white, non-American men, and how could she leave her son in the care of her parents so easily? Other than her being moved by the film "Black Orpheus" and injustice and suffering, plus Obama’s bland assurance that his mother wasn’t "ideological" we don’t know much about her either.,8599,1729524,00.html
Written By: huxley
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And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
So what is Pelsoi’s excuse ? or his ?
Written By: Neo
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And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
Neo — I do believe this kind of unconscious arrogance towards "typical white Americans" will be Obama’s ultimate undoing.

I don’t think Obama or his wife have any idea how thoughtless, unpatriotic, and condescending they sound to many Americans. For almost their entire lives Obama and Michelle have been wrapped in a cocoon of liberal elites, aggrieved blacks, campus radicals, and types. They all take it for granted that ordinary Americans are small, dumb, bitter people manipulated by the right-wing.

Written By: huxley
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On Obama’s recent comments about bitter Pennsylvanias, I loved the reader comment quoted by Stephen Spruiell at The Corner:
Obama Needs a History Lesson [Stephen Spruiell]

So says a reader:

"I am surprised that a man of Mr. Obama’s intellect and insight was not aware that well before any industrial decline, Pennsylvanians were into guns and religion."

In certain precincts on the left, fervor for guns and religion didn’t exist until Karl Rove came along to manipulate it for political gain. See also: Kansas?, What’s the Matter With.

Written By: Martin McPhillips

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