In addition to being the least-qualified nominee (presuming what seems to be the obvious) in the history of American presidential politics, Barack Obama just looks less and less attractive the closer one looks.

Distractions Point Up Obama’s Weaknesses

Of course, the reason for this is that the fawning press, who’d make him out to be Messiah Junior, had given him a free pass for so long that once these questions could not be ignored, and they began to return insufficient answers, his fall from grace was both predictable and imminent. Krauthammer’s piece cuts with deadly effectiveness to the core of why this man simply cannot be elected our next president.

Once again, the most liberal member of the United States Senate proves that, well, he’s just another politician.

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  1. Bob Robinson says:

    “Krauthammer’s piece cuts with deadly effectiveness to the core of why this man simply cannot be elected our next president.”

    I found the piece less than effective. His facts are off.

    Jeremiah Wright is not “the racist reverend” (it is the whites who want to caricature him and who do not understand the culture of the African American Christian church that are racists).

    Bill Ayers is not “the unrepentant terrorist.” In fact Ayers, according to Wikipedia, “has repeatedly avowed that ‘no regrets’ had been spoken in reference to his efforts to oppose the Vietnam War, and that ‘we didn’t do enough’ had been spoken in reference to his opinion that efforts to stop the United States from waging the Vietnam War were obviously inadequate as the war dragged on for a decade. Ayers has maintained that the two statements were not intended to elide into a wish they had set more bombs.”

    And flag pins. Give me a BREAK! I agree 100% with Obama on the flag pin issue. To wear a flag pin does not mean one is more or less patriotic. But those politicians and pundits who wanted Americans to support the war effort with no questions asked have made the display of a flag pin the symbol of such “patriotism.” It is NOT patriotic to walk lock-step with a leader that is leading the country astray. That is the opposite of patriotism.

    The issues of Wright, Ayers, and flag pins are politics at their worst. And to say that Obama’s attempts to rise above this kind of shallow politics proves that “he’s just another politician” is so off base it is positively shocking!

    Note: I have not yet chosen who I will vote for. But I certainly won’t drink the kool-aid that Krauthammer’s serving!!

  2. Byron says:

    Sorry, Bob, but on the Wright issue, we’ll have to agree to disagree. Wright’s pathetic efforts to characterize his racist, anti-American lies as some kind of outgrowth of the culture of the black church is just poppycock. It’s one thing to criticize America and American policies; I do that myself, and I have no doubt that many black churches do the same. To lump his remarks in, though, with all other black churches just doesn’t wash. I’d love to hear what Tony Evans or Ken Hutcherson or Crawford Loritts (who pastors a predominately white church in metro Atlanta) have to say about Rev. Wright’s nonsense. If Trinity Church represents the majority culture of the “African American church”, well, there’s a whole lot I could say, but I think I’ll sum up by saying, sincerely, “God help us”.

    And, frankly, I resent the notion that pointing out such views earns me, apparently, the label “racist”, unless I misread what you meant. We are working to have a church in Marietta that crosses racial lines, and with more success, frankly, than most churches I know of, on a percentage basis, and I absolutely love that fact. I’ve pointed out, in a different post that maybe you didn’t read, the fact that Rev. Wright’s first problems have little to do with his racism or his anti-American lie-spewing; they have to do with the illegitimate “theology” that he preaches. You’re off the deep end on this one, Bob.

    I’m not sure what to think about Ayres. I read the Wikipedia listing; I’m just not sure. That’s his spin on things now, but he’s also a man with a thoroughly postmodern grasp on “truth”, and so it’s hard to say what he really thinks.

    I think that the flag pin thing is primarily an issue because Obama has handled it clumsily, and his comments don’t elicit a lot of confidence.

    But here’s the point, Bob, that I think you’re missing: to say that these things are “politics at their worst” is wide of the mark. We have a man, Barack Obama, who you say is trying to rise above “shallow politics”, but when I listen to him, he defines “shallow politics”, not by focusing on these things that concern you, but by speaking in such vague generalities that we are left to wonder whether there’s any “there” there. My comments that he’s “just another politician” are meant to say just that: where the press, until recently at least, gave him a real pass, and breathlessly seemed to hail him as Messiah Junior, there are many things he’s done to prove that he’s, well…just another politician, nothing special other than the fact that he is a compelling speaker, frankly, and a guy with a reasonably sharp mind, from what I can tell, although some of his non-answers to questions of substance give pause.

    Balanced, though, against his standing as possibly the most liberal (read: Socialist) member of the United States Senate; his tremendous lack of experience; his unwillingness, while a member of the Illinois State Senate to take a stance against infanticide, and the fact that, speech-giving aside, we really don’t know a whole lot of what makes this guy tick, it is altogether appropriate to consider his past/current associations as a reliable guide to what he is like.

    The Rev. Wright thing is the biggest of the three, IMHO, but it is huge: for 20 years, instead of being part of a racially-diverse church (some of which were available to him in Chicago, and which would bolster his claim of being a “uniter”), he chose to affiliate with this far-left-wing church, purveyor of “black liberation theology” (which would not characterize a significant percentage of “black churches”). Now, I don’t know whether to criticize or praise the fact that his “commitment” to that church hardly moved the needle regarding his financial contributions to it–$26K in 2007 when he made over $4 million; perhaps we can be thankful that he chose to contribute a little over one-half of one percent to his church, instead of an amount commensurate with anything approaching “commitment”–but regardless, this is where he made his home, and it’s disingenuous to the max to suggest that he didn’t know some of the garbage Wright was spewing. I do not believe Barack Obama is a racist. I do believe that his judgment, in being part of Trinity Church, was extraordinarily flawed. And if that is one clue to his personality, then we had better run screaming away from his presidential campaign.

  3. Byron says:

    In fact, I’m going to pose one more question to you, Bob, about Obama: if everything were exactly the same about Obama except for two things, do you think he’d be where he is in the polls? Would anyone take him seriously as a candidate for president? Ready?

    If Barack Obama had the speaking ability of George W. Bush, as well as his skin color, would he be headed to the Democrat nomination, assuming everything else about him was the same?

    Bet you can guess my opinion…

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