Wednesday, March 19, 2008

No ordinary political opportunist

One of the arguments that is being put forth these days is that recent revelations in the campaign are showing Obama to be nothing more than just another political opportunist. While I think that this argument is an extremely effective way to portray Obama in terms that persuadable voters will be persuaded against his candidacy – I also think it falls short of the mark for who he really is.

Once again, pulling from a comment I left at Just One Minute:

I don't believe for one second that Obama is just an ordinary political opportunist.

Take everything that Obama lays out in his grandiose verbiage...hope, change, end of cynicism, heal racial division, reach across the aisle, end corruption, end special interests, new politics in Washington, etc, etc, etdamncetera.

And then match it up to his record, his actions, and the lack thereof. He believes and acts in the exact opposite manner of what he is selling.

It is no ordinary political opportunist that could cast such a spell over so many people for so long while doing this.

Nor one that could keep the spell working on so many people even after the revelations that have been brought to light in the last several weeks.

Obama's undoing has begun -- and I don't think it can be stopped at this point. But that does not mean that there will not remain a very, very large number of people committed to the idea that he is the change they've been waiting for.

No ordinary political opportunist.

[VIMH: Yeah, again with the quoting yourself. You like the sound of your own voice, don’t you?]

No, of course not.

But the cadence of my keyboard strokes is simply intoxicating.

UPDATE: Two Thomas Sowell quotes from recent articles seem appropriate here…First:

…Barack Obama has been leading as much of a double life as Eliot Spitzer.

Of course, Obama’s double life is not illegal, unlike Spitzer.

But it poses more danger for America.

And second:

Someone once said that a con man’s job is not to convince skeptics but to enable people to continue to believe what they already want to believe.

Indeed. In fact, why are you reading this – just read Sowell.

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