Obama supported MA governor Deval Patrick's campaign, Patrick is endorsing Obama as president. Obama seems to be using Patrick's play book. Sound positive and idealistic and positive, get people to feel good about themselves by voting for you!
Patrick's campaign slogan was "Together We Can." (What??) Obama's campaign slogan is "Yes We Can!"
Both are charming people, inspiring and charismatic.
Deval Patrick swore that he would not be beholden to the lobbyists or special interests. (Oopsy, didn't keep that promise, did he?) Obama swears that he will not allow corporate lobbyist into the White House.
Patrick had zilcho experience as a legislator or regulator, and it shows in his first year that has achieved not much. But hey, maybe he'll come through on his promise to bring casinos to Massachusetts. Whoo-hoo, now there's some idealism for ya. Together we can bring gaming to Massachusetts!
Obama has the least governing experience of any of the candidates, except for Hillary. His statements on Iraq (he'll start withdrawing troops as soon as he becomes president) and Pakistan (we'll invade Pakistan if we find out Osama is there) indicate he is a dangerous and unschooled on foreign affairs. (FYI, Osama is pining for the fjords.)
They both sound wonderful - I was uplifted by Obama's DNC speech back in 2004 - but there's just not much substance there. And not remotely enough for Obama to be leader of the Free World. What are people thinking to vote for this young pup? Is it mostly anti-Hillary/anti-Clinton sentiment?
In England, Melanie Phillips says "Welcome to Plant Diana", to characterize the shift in politics there from reason, stoicism and responsibility to sentimentality and self-obsession. "Warm fuzzy feelings win hands down because they anesthetize reality and blank out altogether those difficult issues which require difficult decisions." In the U.S., it's "Welcome to Planet Oprah."
One thing thing that Patrick and Obama don't share is allegiance to a problematic church, the Trinity United Church of Christ of Chicago (TUCC), IL , where Obama is a member. Sounds rather like a Black separatist church organization to me. Imagine the outcry if a White candidate belonged to a church that espoused "The White Value System." It would be simply unthinkable and unacceptable. In December 2007, the TUCC awarded its highest social achievement award to Louis Farrakhan, the head of the Nation of Islam, someone who is widely considered racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic. This was published in the church's publication Trumpet (excerpts here).
If a White candidate had similar associations to racists and racial supremacists, any presidential aspirations would be over in a hurry. (Although maybe Ron Paul proves me wrong here....) When will the reporters (besides Tucker Carlson) pay attention to this?
UPDATE: Pajamas Media asks the same questions. Burt Prelutsky concludes:
"I have no idea how a member of a black church that apparently feels it owes greater allegiance to Africa than to America and that pays homage to a bigot like Farrakhan, has the gall to present himself as the one candidate who can bring us all together."