Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Obama: Auditioning for West Wing or Playing Grown-up with the Real Thing?

Did I read that correctly? Barack Obama is really interested in running for president in 2008? The junior senator from Illinois, who's only served two of a six year term since 2004, certainly has his sights set high.

Why does the word "hubris" come to mind? Or "premature?"

"Inexperienced" is what VP Dick Cheney was thinking.

This is the kind of silly, even ridiculous, news story that happens when you combine a liberal drive-by news media with an elite, left-wing electorate which has no rock solid principles yet is desperate for a "rock star" candidate to get all mushy about.

Enter Mr. Obama straight out of central casting: Handsome, multicultural with an American mother and African father, articulate, Harvard educated and oh so very ambitous. Ambitious enough to know a good thing when he sees it.

An editorial in today's Investors Business Daily describes The Obama Effect on a recent television appearance:

"'During a book tour stop on NBC's "Today" show, new host Meredith Vieira hailed Obama as a "rock star" and "electrifying." Commenting on his convention speech, Vieira said: "Many people, afterward, they weren't sure how to pronounce your name, but they were moved by you. People were crying.'"

Please spare us anymore, Meredith.

But please do tell what this man stands for? What has he done that might make me consider him a viable candidate in the next presidential election?

With a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1991, he worked briefly for a Chicago civil rights law firm and taught constitutional law at University of Chicago Law School, before becoming an Illinois state senator in 1996.

In his first run for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, Obama was resoundingly beaten by incumbant Bobby Rush, a former Black Panther community activist who accused his defeated opponent of not "being around the first congressional district long enough to really see what's going on."

Today, Obama, as a U.S. Senator for two years, has been around the national political scene long enough to see his superficial star rising and to know he'd best get on with saving our country from itself while he's still "hot."

So now with a keynote address at the Dem's National convention in 2004, a new book tour and two years in Washington, D.C. under his belt, what else can we say about a man who's now suffering Potomac Fever and positioning himself as a rock star candidate with the frothing liberal media?

IBD goes on to say today: "Obama is a hard-core liberal whose voting record in the Senate is virtually indistinguishable from (Ted) Kennedy's.

"Half the Democrats in the Senate voted for Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, even Patrick Leahy and Russ Feingold. But not Obama.

"When nominated in 2004 for the Democratic Leadership Committee's list of 100 rising stars, Obama bristled at the suggestion he was a "mainstream" Democrat. In a letter to the magazine Black Commentator, he said he didn't "view such inclusion as an endorsement on my part of the DLC platform."

"I spend much of my time with audiences trying to educate them on the dangers of the Patriot Act, Patriot Act 2 and the rest of John Ashcroft's assault on the Constitution," Obama said.

Indeed, he voted no on reauthorizing the Patriot Act. His position on the war on terror is enough to make anyone cry. Obama has voted:

No to private gun ownership.

No to mandatory sentencing and the death penalty.

No to prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers.

Says he would have voted no to authorize going to war in Iraq.

No to oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge but supports mandated ethanol use and raising fuel economy standards. "

As liberal as Ten Kennedy? The candidate to deal with North Korea, Iran, Iraq? Tough on the War on Terror? Doesn't want me to own a gun?

Obama is getting less and less "handsome" by the minute.

But make no mistake, Obama's star is rising with the MSM and will continue to make a meteroic ascent with liberal Democrats in search of a star.

Surely they don't really take him seriously for president. However, with the possibility of running on a ticket with Hillary in 2008 as vice-president, Obama must be beside himself with anticipation. I can only imagine what the elite press is gearing up for.

Warning, much emotional frothing and swooning ahead!

I think I'd rather go fly fishing than to watch.


california dreamer said...

Kind of like GWB...failed to complete his NG service, failed in the oil business, the Texas Rangers speak for themselves and now we watch the last two failed years of his presidency. If I had a record like his I would have been dismissed long ago. Oh, BTW, Dick Cheney can shoot straight???

Anonymous said...

No to Obama for President. He has less experience than Bush and look where we are. Guiliani for President!!!