Trouble Ahead for Obama?
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.It's probably mostly bullshit, but it's a lot better than acting like the second-coming of Goebbels.
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].