Is This Our Guy?

March 5, 2008 at 11:58 pm (The 2008 Presidential Race)

barack-borat.jpgHere are a few excerpts from a recent Rolling Stone article on Barack Obama (and bear in mind they’re endorsing him):   

“Obama is a politician whose best chance for success has always been on the level of myth and hero worship; to win the Democratic nomination, he must successfully sell himself not just as a candidate but as an icon, a symbol of the best possible future for twenty-first-century multicultural America.”

“Whoever Barack Obama is, there’s no doubting the genuineness of his phenomenon. And maybe, who knows, that’s all that matters.”

“It’s a mood thing, not an issue thing, and it stems entirely from Obama’s unique personal qualities.”

“But mostly, Obama is selling himself.”

“There’s just something about him,” says one middle-aged gentleman. When I suggest that his comment was vague, he shrugs. “Yeah, but it’s good vague.”

Is this our guy? Is he more than an undefined symbol of the future (whatever that is)? Will he stand up to corporations and their stranglehold on so many facets of American life? Will he pursue an non-interventionist foreign policy? Will he actually do any of the things we want, or will he merely be “one of the best moderately Republican presidents we’ve had,” as Greenspan said of Bill Clinton?

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll vote for him in a close race, but my cynicism just won’t allow me to trust a politician who has made it this far in one of the two major parties.

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3 Comments

  1. Johnny T said,

    I think I agree with you.

    What I find strange are the people I encounter who love Obama but hate Clinton. I really don’t see much of a difference between them. They both even admit that their policy positions are 95% the same.

    The way I see it, they won’t change much. But they would do things a little better then the Republicans. And I guess that is about as good as we are going to get it in our system through voting.

  2. The Pundit said,

    Or what about people who love Bill but hate Dubya? If Barack and Hillary are 95% the same, then those two are probably around 80% in agreement with the GOP.

    The way I see it, the difference(s) between the two parties amounts to a disagreement over the details of the REAL questions, on which they agree.

    Should we regulate markets a little or not at all? Should we attack other countries a lot or a little?

    But on the big questions (should the free market be our economic policy, or, should aggressive intervention be our foreign policy), there is little difference between the GOP and DNC.

  3. Johnny T said,

    word

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