Chances are you think that Obama is running against John McCain. But according to Obama, back when he was just starting his campaign, that's not the case:
Over the next year of a primary and the next two years leading to the election of the next president, the campaigns...(APPLAUSE)... the campaigns shouldn't be about making each other look bad, they should be about figuring out how we can all do some good for this precious country of ours. (APPLAUSE)
That's our mission.
And in this mission, our rivals won't be one another, and I would assert it won't even be the other party. It's going to be cynicism that we're fighting against.
Very well. Cynicism. So how's he doing?
What do you call it when Obama rails about NAFTA in the Ohio and Pennsylvania primaries, has an advisor who tells Canadian officials that it’s just campaign rhetoric which Obama forcefully denies, then come the general election, Obama admits in regards to NAFTA that sometimes campaign rhetoric gets overheated and amplified? Cynicism.
What do you call it when Obama pledges that he would hold face-to-face presidential level meetings with leaders such as Ahmadinejad and Kim Jong Il without pre-conditions, but then walks back that pledge with a level of nuance requiring thousand word essays to understand? Cynicism.
What do you call it when Obama says he could no more disown his pastor of 20+ years than he could the entire black community – only to disown him a few weeks later when the pastor becomes more electoral trouble than he’s worth? Cynicism.
What do you call it when Obama, in that same defense of his pastor, says he could no more disown him than he could his own white grandmother, because she was at times prejudiced, and when questioned on it, claims that she’s just a typical white person? Cynicism.
What do you call it when Obama agrees that Reverend Wright is a legitimate political issue, but when McCain agrees that many voters would agree with Obama, he has his campaign attack McCain for being divisive and distracting? Cynicism.
What do you call it when Obama raises money in San Francisco by describing small-town Pennsylvanians as people who have become bitter and who cling to guns and religion and anti-immigrant sentiment? Cynicism.
What do you call it when Obama distorts McCain’s 100 years in Iraq comments – from the original intent of 100 years of military presence in a pacified Iraq into saying McCain favored 100 more years war? Cynicism.
What do you call it when Obama, confronted about this distortion, actually claims that he is right by citing YouTube, when YouTube proves him absolutely wrong? Cynicism.
What do you call it when Obama claims that any Republican invocation of Osama bin Laden or Islamist terrorists represents the "politics of fear", yet never misses an opportunity to say that Bush has failed to capture or kill Osama? Cynicism.
What do you call it when Obama, asked about not wearing a flag pin, claims that he stopped wearing it because it was a substitute for real patriotism, but then starts wearing it again as he campaigns in places where such patriotism could get him some votes? Cynicism.
What do you call it when Obama spends nearly the entirety of his political career benefiting from the patronage of Antonin Rezko, but when Rezko is convicted of corruption, claims that the convicted felon is not the man he knew? Cynicism.
What do you call it when Obama has worked closely with William Ayers, serving on boards with him in Chicago, but then when questions about Ayers' past as a domestic terrorist heat up, passes him off as just his neighbor, and draws an equivalence between him Republican Senator Tom Coburn? Cynicism.
What do you call it when Obama, faced with campaign missteps, blames it on staffers...over a dozen times? Cynicism.
What do you call it when Obama blasts Hillary for ties to the mortgage industry and Countrywide Financial in particular, yet then goes and hires Jim Johnson, who benefited from a VIP loan from Countrywide's President, to be his Vice Presidential candidate vetter? Cynicism.
What do you call it when Obama, faced with questions about his choice of Johnson to provide perhaps the single most important task of his campaign, says that he is tangential, unpaid and therefore not even working for him? Cynicism.
What do you call it when Obama says repeatedly that he does not take money from oil companies, when it is illegal for companies to donate directly to a federal candidate? Cynicism.
What do you call it when Obama uses the line about oil companies to present himself free of any ties to the oil industry, yet he has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from executives and employees of oil companies? Cynicism.
What do you call it when Obama decries the influence of special interests, yet has helped secure tax breaks for pharmaceutical companies? Cynicism.
What do you call it when Obama rails against Washington lobbyists, then hires them, sends current lobbyists a fundraising letter and takes money from recent lobbyists or family members of current lobbyists. Cynicism.
What do you call it when Obama tells AIPAC that Jerusalem must remain undivided one day, then backtracks when Palestinians object the next, then sends out an advisor to explain his mistake as a sign of great intelligence and nuance? Cynicism.
What do you call it when in Obama's first general election campaign ad, he claims to have “extended health care to wounded troops who had been neglected”, when in reality he didn't even vote on the bill cited in the ad, and the bill itself did little or nothing to extend health care to wounded troops, neglected or otherwise? Cynicism.
What do you call it when Obama promises to accept public funding of his presidential campaign, only to break that promise when he proves himself capable of out-raising the amount of money public funding could provide him? Cynicism.
What do you call it when Obama explains his decision to opt out of public funding in the campaign as necessary because of evil Republicans? Cynicism.
What do you call it when Obama launches the pre-emptive race card, declaring McCain and the GOP as sure to employ racism in the campaign? Cynicism.
And yes, that is just scratching the surface. His upcoming visit to Iraq, his refusal to meet with General Petraeus, his shifting positions on the Iraq war timed for political expedience (or financial benefit of pal Rezko?) his opposition to drilling because any benefits are years in the future, his flip flop on FISA, his willingness to trot Michelle out for campaign speeches yet demand no one even quote or question her, his double-standard on his middle name, etc, etc, etc.
But the most cynical thing of all, the one thing that places him far above any other cynical politician is back where he began -- pretending he was running against cynicism, while practicing it at a pace to which few could even hope to aspire.
When Obama says he's fighting against cynicism he's lying. Obama is fighting with cynicism.
Obama and cynicism? He's full of it.