The great success of Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign has proven that America is finally getting past the barriers of race and the injustice of racial discrimination. Or so say respected journalists like Peggy Noonan, among others.
On the other hand, Obama’s campaign is the source of charges and accusations of racism when just about anyone criticizes the senator, or even raises his African-American heritage as a benefit, as Geraldine Ferraro just found out. But unlike others who back down quickly, Ferraro is not intimated or willing to let her words be turned into a campaign tactic.
Former vice presidential candidate and Hillary Clinton supporter Geraldine Ferraro fought back against charges of racism Wednesday, defending comments she made earlier this week that Barack Obama “would not be in this position” if he were white.
Wasn’t that a line in a Neil Diamond song? Increasingly, columnists are applying it to the Obama campaign.
It is not actually clear that Obama has sought to make his campaign such a cult of personality, but whether sought or not, this is how he has been received. The traveling revivalist cabaret has certainly helped Obama immensely, and contributed to his electoral strength, but it also carries serious risks for him. In the long run, the messianic flavor of his campaign could endanger his support from the very quarters now most receptive to the message; and even in the short run it could hurt him with blue-collar voters who have little patience for the grand production.
It’s going to become a problem for the cultural elites, too, Levin predicts. After all, they’re ”powerfully allergic to forthright displays of devotion and fervor”. This can’t last, he suggests.
In a fiery rebuttal to suggestions emerging over the past week, Barack Obama on Monday shot down suggestions he become Hillary Clinton’s wing man and questioned the logic of those who say he is prepared for the vice presidency but not to be president.
Understandable, given his standings throughout the primaries.
“I am not running for vice president, I am running for president of the United States of America. I am running to be commander in chief,” Obama boomed to applause. “I don’t know how somebody in second place is offering vice president to the person in first place.”
But, Sen. Obama, you know it’s not based on logic. It’s strategy. Clinton strategy.
There’s no stopping the daily onslaught, from the politicians and the media. Click on that link. The most interesting thing there is the video of Saturday Night Live you can launch about midway down the page. If you didn’t catch it on Saturday night, don’t worry. It’s been all over the news shows, as SNL continues to be a prominent player in the Democratic campaign.
But now the threat of stalemate, vituperation and disillusionment hangs over a contest structured to declare a verdict a month ago. Potential fallout could imperil Democratic hopes for both the presidency and larger Congressional majorities.
Speaking of which, the new issue of Voices is out, and I’ve got this piece continuing the examination of the state of that union in current affairs.
Do faith and politics intersect?
No. They serve the public interest and the common good together. They are mutually supportive, or are intended to be by the Founding Fathers. That terminology of the two intersecting has been used in mainstream media essentially since the 2004 elections when the Democratic party began to see the need to appeal to the religious vote. But an “intersection” implies two separate roads meeting at a cross point, when in fact the Church teaches that faith informs everything we do. Communications, politics, voting are all moral acts.
Read the comments there. Love the one about Obama’s opportunity to claim the pope’s encyclical on hope as an endorsement.
Hey, it’s the weekend. It’s Wyoming, and who would have ever thought
Wyoming would get any attention at this point? The ticker on TV shows
how many hours before the polls close there. It also says “Nation’s
least populous state becomes power player in race.”
Anything could happen still, folks. Except for a meeting
between Obama (any candidates, really) and Pope Benedict when he comes
to Washington in April. They’ll be too busy trying to wrap
Though this article is about an Obama adviser insulting Hillary Clinton and the consequences she faced as a result, it actually says more. Here’s the basic context:
A former adviser to Barack Obama, who resigned Friday after calling rival Hillary Rodham Clinton “a monster,” said Obama may not be able to withdraw all U.S. combat troops from Iraq within a year as he has promised on the campaign trail.
Samantha Power, a Pulitzer Prize-winner author, made the comments in two separate interviews with foreign media while promoting her latest book. The comment that led to her resignation came in an interview with The Scotsman, and she immediately tried to keep it from appearing in print.
Now that the Michigan and Florida ‘lost delegates’ have become more critical to the Democratic race, there are all sorts of questions floating out there.
Q: What’s going on?
A: The Democratic National Committee (DNC) stripped Michigan of its 210 delegates and Florida of its 156 delegates to the party’s August convention because the states scheduled their primaries before Feb. 5. The candidates promised not to campaign in those two states.
Okay, but they knew that when they decided to go ahead and move it up anyway. So I’ve always wondered…..if the move stripped your state’s delegates of any meaning and wound up meaning nothing to your party’s candidates, why do it?
Haven’t heard anybody give a good and sensible answer to that.
So now, in the middle of the game, they want to change the rules.