This article by Taylor Marsh speaks for so many of us…
Delusion is catching. But obviously part of this is my fault. I evidently haven’t made it clear enough for the Obamabots and others who think every post I write is meant to aid Hillary Clinton in her quest for the nomination. You’re seeing all I write through that prism; through the partisan prism of all things Clinton. Sorry to have not drilled down to the core of this denseness earlier.
The truth is that Barack Obama’s candidacy has always worried me. It’s not simply about vetting, but about my own path of discovery to answer one simple question: Who is this guy that wants to be president? I don’t come at this question only through a Clinton lense, though that sometimes is clearly the case. I don’t come at this question only through a Democratic party lense either, though that sometimes is clearly the case. I come at this question through the lense of someone who has a passion for investigating issues and substantive political stories, especially when nobody else is doing it.
I particularly identified with the following comment left by a reader…
I could write a book on this theme. I think it is mostly a result of an American public which has grown far too self-indulgent, with short attention spans caused by too much TV and videos; always hungry for something new, something different, something exciting. Of course it’s not that simple, but this theme is undeniable. Too many people just want the new because it is new. They continually reject what they think is predictable or unexciting. They picked Reagan over Carter because he offered what they saw as promise. Bill Clinton seemed more exciting than GWH Bush. They thought GW Bush was more refreshingly new than Gore. They now seem to think that Obama is more exciting than Hillary Clinton, whom I saw one blogger on a major site describe as “stale.” Now there’s a profound piece of political analysis.
Such people are not nearly as issues-oriented as they like to tell themselves they are. The Left has had one issue–the Iraq resolution. Maybe that’s because it’s a simple one that doesn’t require too much analysis in their heads. So like the French Jacobins who ended up guillotining everbody, they want to destroy everyone who voted for it. Obama (like Dean) who had the good fortune not to have had to cast a vote on it, gets sanctified as a result. And then you put that together with the aforementioned desperation to find a “savior,” a “hero,” even a “messiah,” and you have why we are where we are. Hatred of “the Establishment” has been morphed into hatred of anything conventional or already known; the need is for a supposedly brand-new product, just like the supposed wonder drugs that you see advertised incessantly on TV, which promise to cure insomnia, anxiety and impotency, and so easily, too. The issue of who would actually have a better grasp of our complex problems and their possible solutions; who could make the tough foreign policy decisions with speed and firmness–these are scarcely considered. It’s all about hype; it’s all about style, it’s faster, sleeker, sexier, and you can have it for no money down.
As has been said by others, Obama is really just another version of GW Bush. Oh, he’s smarter by far; and he is better on the issues; but he is still mostly a tabula rasa, someone on whom people are projecting their own yearnings and hopes. He’ll never fulfill them. He’ll never rebuild America “brick by brick” or restore the “broken souls” his wife likes to talk about. And he can’t transcend partisanship and still make all the changes he promises. Those two things are inimical, but they just become part of the wish fantasy of the Obama supporters, like the pill which restores your hair while it settles your digestion. Hillary couldn’t promise that, because it makes no sense; and neither could any other credible candidate. But it’s not about credibility with Obama, it’s about; you know, that little purple pill which is going to make everything all better really fast, if only you close your eyes and take it.