What it stands for is Obama Illusion Syndrome. It is the disease that affects more "sensitive" or "liberal" types. The insidious disease begins by destowing the afflicted with high levels of euphoria. As the disease progresses, the person's higher brain functions begin to deteriorate - eventually leading to higher taxes, activist courts bypassing the majority's desires and, overall bigger government.
But I digress.
Barack Obama's freefall into the national political limelight - all for having nothing more than write two books about himself, and by voting for almost every left-of-center center issue in the US Senate - is really a reflection of the Democratic National Committee's collective anxiety.
As Byron York points out in the November 20 issue of National Review [subscription required], the Democrats are pushing Barack Obama because they're "really, really nervous about Hillary Clinton."
|Time's Joe Klein called him [Obama] "the political equivalent of a rainbow - a sudden preternatural event inspiring awe and ecstasy." |
~ Byron York National Review;
That is with good reason. Even with all of Hillary's "branding", money, enormous organizational structure and name recognition - there's no getting around it; She's going to have some very big branches blocking her climb up to the US presidency in '08.
As I wrote in a prior posting on Obama this guy is doing nothing but putting his face out in the media but giving and taking no positions that would be considered "controversial." No one in the MSM is interested in asking him any tough or complex questions, no one is playing hardball with him and no one seems to notice that he's just a cookie-cutter of Bill Clinton from the 1992 campaigns. Look how they're setting you up with the same non-sense and empty rhetoric that Bill Clinton fed us after he got elected:
Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us -- the spin masters, the negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of "anything goes." Well, I say to them tonight, there is not a liberal America and a conservative America -- there is the United States of America. There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America -- there's the United States of America.
~ Barack Obama, keynote address 2004
Tonight every one of you knows deep in your heart that we are too divided. It is time to heal America. And so we must say to every American: Look beyond the stereotypes that blind us. We need each other - all of us - we need each other. We don’t have a person to waste, and yet for too long politicians have told the most of us that are doing all right that what’s really wrong with America is the rest of us- them. Them, the minorities. Them, the liberals. Them, the poor. Them, the homeless. Them, the people with disabilities. Them, the gays.We’ve gotten to where we’ve nearly them'ed ourselves to death. Them, and them, and them. But this is America. There is no them. There is only us.
~ Bill Clinton acceptance speech, 1992
|In short he [Obama] has done nothing at all. His only qualifications for the White House are his skin and the fact that he is not a rapper. Americans yearn to vote for such a person: The Colin Powell boomlet of 1995 wsa fueled by little else, although he had been chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. America's obsession with race is odd, and opportunists manipulate it for this own advantage.|
~~ National Review "The Week"
"Obamaniacs" like to say that Obama has a "compelling life story" but his biography is anything but compelling. He didn't have to overcome any great obstacles. In fact, growing up in Hawaii, he eventually attended an elite prep school. The guy over at RealClearPolitics writes - I cheer also because Obama is an African-American -- an African father, an American mother. For someone like him to be a presidential candidate -- maybe even president -- says oodles about this country.
I think it speaks volumes that his black father ditched him and Obama's mother when Obama was 2 years old. A black man abandoning his family? Gee that hardly ever happens. And why is it that being black is an important element to being a good president? So that he take point at getting reparations for his constituents?
As York points out, Obama has never had to endure a political crucible of fire. He walked into the legislature and it's been easy street ever since. He'd be a stronger candidate if he had. If he stays in the race, it is a sure thing that the Republicans in '08 are going to slice him up like a block of deli meat.
He better be ready because the straw man is ready to burn.