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29 August 2008

Trouble Ahead for Obama?

Once the glow of the coronation fades sometime next week, there's a bit of reality that will soon confront Obama and he will not be able to squirm his way out of it. I'm talking about the revelations about Obama's close working relationship with far-left former terrorist Bill Ayers. National Review's Stanley Kurtz and other reporters have been investigating it, and the Obama camp has been playing Bolshevik-style hardball in trying to suppress the story. It won't work. Obama needs to confront the reality head on and defuse it before it gains Swiftboat-like momentum. (A Chicago radio appearance can be heard here).

The reality is, as Steve Sailer has repeatedly pointed out (here's his latest - the Chicago Way), is that Obama was involved with very far-left, anti-American groups during his days as a community organizer - people with the types of ideologies that horrify the typical undecided American voter. (The very job of "community organizer" is no doubt anathema to the average American. What this job entails is getting a bunch of people in the ghetto to protest some local business, institution or program until such enterprise agrees to toss some money the organizer's way - essentially, it's a bureaucratic shakedown artist.)

My own guess is that Obama is not particularly ideological but is single-mindedly interested in the wonderfulness that is Barack Obama. He's probably just as comfortable with Bill Ayers and Rev. Wright as he is with William Perry and Ben Bernanke. These are all people who can help him achieve his goals - whether it's achieving name recognition in Chicago or respectability in the black community or formulating foreign policy or managing the economy - who cares about what the ideas are - it's how the ideas make you look good at the time.

So here's how Obama should deal with this gathering storm:
I came to Chicago because I saw an opportunity to do something with my life other than making money on Wall Street. I wanted to help change things, to do something about [insert Obama-esque blah-blah-blah here]. But I couldn't do it on my own, and there were many others who had their own ideas, people who were there before me. Some of these people had some pretty far-out ideas, and were pretty way out there politically.

But if I wanted to accomplish anything, I had to work with these people. I wasn't much interested in their radical notions or their left-wing ideology - I was interested in helping single mothers find work, to...[insert more standard sob stories here]. No, I don't embrace the anti-American sentiments I found then - I reject them and all they represent. But I also reject the notion that we can accomplish great things without working with others, others with whom we may not always agree, others whose ideas we may at times find objectionable. We've had 8 years of those failed policies [insert tiresome litany of Bush failures here].
It's probably mostly bullshit, but it's a lot better than acting like the second-coming of Goebbels.

9 Comments:

Anonymous jimbo said...

Before I even read and then comment on your last 3 posts Ziel, I have to ask has anyone else seen the new People Magazine cover with the McCain/Palin families? Is it me, or does anyone else see the ADDAMS FAMILY?

August 30, 2008 1:27 PM  
Anonymous bo said...

With his choice of this bimbo from Alaska as his VP runningmate, McCain may have cancelled out any edge this Ayers scandal might have given him with her own Troopergate. It´s simpler and easier to understand for Joe Undecided in West PA and South Ohio...

Interesting choice... she looks very doable, but reminds of that nutcase Secretary of State in Florida... She help bring in some of the bitter Hillaryites, help solidify his evangelical/conservative support, but it also cancels out his argument of inexperience...

August 30, 2008 8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if Obama has a lovable lug such as William "the Refrigerator" Perry on his side then that does it for me. I'm voting for him as he must be a nice guy.

August 30, 2008 10:43 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

Yes, I always felt The Fridge was the kind of conservative African-American that Obama needs to align himself more with. Excellent point!

August 30, 2008 11:16 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

I think Americans will very easily understand the Ayers thing - he had a close working relationship with someone who thought Manson was on to something. Americans will also sympathize with someone trying to protect her sister from a stalker state trooper. I don't think that will play against her.

But it's a bizarre choice. It does kind of make a statement that Republican women are REAL women - not sisters of traveling pantsuits.

August 30, 2008 11:19 PM  
Anonymous beau said...

I don´t think the Ayers thing has enough time, 2 months to get off the ground... of course it will only get as much traction as the mainstream media will give it... Ziel I just don´t think it´s sexy enough... hard to believe, but most people don´t even know/remember who Manson is/was... The people who will be concerned by the sexier stuff ("you´re no Hillary") are the ones McCain needs to bring in the big 3 for him, Ohio, Virginia and Florida... Obama can squeak it out without them, but McCain will be dead in the water if he doesn´t ...

August 31, 2008 5:10 AM  
Blogger ziel said...

I dunno - the Ayers thing could translate pretty simply - "Obama's a commie." This is why they were so crazed about the terrorist thing - now everybody's going to find out that his mentor in Chicago was a terrorist? I think that will translate quite well.

September 01, 2008 11:15 AM  
Anonymous jimbob said...

Ziel, whether this Ayers business has weight and/or traction is becoming irrelevant as this trainwreck of a VP pick by McSame is just picking up steam on a daily basis... Again, only 2 months til showdown...

September 02, 2008 10:03 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

I like this Palin gal - I really do, and as it looks more and more like McCain pulled a typical McCain - when his preferred choice, Lieberman, didn't work out, he then just moved impulsively to pick Palin, without any serious vetting going on. If there's nothing more than we've gotten already, it may still work out. But if there's more - like an affair as the Enquirer is hinting, Obama can walk in.

September 03, 2008 9:00 PM  

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