Monday, October 23, 2006

The Obama boomlet:

This blog is not impressed with Barack Obama and would prefer that someone else run and win the presidency in 2008 (like Gore, for instance). But this week's promotion of Obama will have little or no impact a year or two from now. What is important, is that the Democrats are being portrayed as having "fresh", "agreeable", "dynamic" politicians in their ranks. That's a great message to have going out in the two weeks before the mid-term elections; it makes the Republicans look even more tired and unimpressive. So even if you're not an Obama fan, let the media praise him, and by extension, the Democratic party.


Excellent advice.

By Blogger Azael, at 10/23/2006 12:17 PM  

Yes, Obama is another hustler. Slick, talented, engaging, but of no more substance than your slightly-above-average political hacks. He can lecture eloquently about faith and uniting us, while fearing to raise his voice to oppose the Habeus Corpus Revocation/Torture Enablement Act (aka Military Commission Act of 2006).

Al Gore is a whole lot more man.

By Anonymous Weniger Gottquatsch, at 10/23/2006 1:12 PM  

I come to praise Obama, not bury him.

By Blogger Tinfoil Hat Boy, at 10/23/2006 3:58 PM  

Why is it that the media has to pick and annoint these people all the time?

Obama is such a pure example of a manufactured persona.

OMG, I'm starting to sound like a conspiracy theorist, aren't I?

By Anonymous Rockie the Dog, at 10/23/2006 5:40 PM  

Obama sounded great at the convention, and if he had followed that up with any significant action, or even rhetoric, whatever, I'd be willing to see him run soon -- maybe not 2008, but soon. But in fact he's done virtually nothing -- well, except add to the BS "Democrats hate religious people" GOP talking point. So I don't see him as a decent candidate at all; maybe if he starting slogging now and kept it up for a decade or two, he might be okay then. But what has he done other than give a good speech at the convention in 2004?

By Blogger QrazyQat, at 10/23/2006 6:12 PM  

Wow, this is pretty harsh stuff here.

Who ARE you impressed with? Same goes for the commenters here. I like Al Gore a lot, but at the moment, I'm not sure that there is anyone in the party that's liberal enough for us and untainted (by failure or corruption, or association with) enough for the general electorate.

And that's before the election rigging.

By Blogger Jeremy, at 10/24/2006 6:59 AM  

Who ARE you impressed with?

Sure, I don't see an ideal candidate for me, but even though I see people who haven't been perfect -- far from it -- I've been generally impressed by Harry Reid's performance, even though he's too conservative for me ideally. Others? Howard Dean has done a good job. Edwards seems good, if you want a person I could see as a candidate.

But the question at hand is, why Obama? Just after the convention, I could see it; he looked like a rising star with a touch of populist firebrand. But what has he done other than give one good speech back then? Answer: add to the BS "Democrats hate religious people" GOP talking point. That's not good enough.

By Blogger QrazyQat, at 10/24/2006 11:13 AM  

I wnat to tell you about some Republicans
--AZ-Sen: Jon Kyl
--AZ-01: Rick Renzi
--AZ-05: J.D. Hayworth
--CA-04: John Doolittle
--CA-11: Richard Pombo
--CA-50: Brian Bilbray
--CO-04: Marilyn Musgrave
--CO-05: Doug Lamborn
--CO-07: Rick O'Donnell
--CT-04: Christopher Shays
--FL-13: Vernon Buchanan
--FL-16: Joe Negron
--FL-22: Clay Shaw
--ID-01: Bill Sali
--IL-06: Peter Roskam
--IL-10: Mark Kirk
--IL-14: Dennis Hastert
--IN-02: Chris Chocola
--IN-08: John Hostettler
--IA-01: Mike Whalen
--KS-02: Jim Ryun
--KY-03: Anne Northup
--KY-04: Geoff Davis
--MD-Sen: Michael Steele
--MN-01: Gil Gutknecht
--MN-06: Michele Bachmann
--MO-Sen: Jim Talent
--MT-Sen: Conrad Burns
--NV-03: Jon Porter
--NH-02: Charlie Bass
--NJ-07: Mike Ferguson
--NM-01: Heather Wilson
--NY-03: Peter King
--NY-20: John Sweeney
--NY-26: Tom Reynolds
--NY-29: Randy Kuhl
--NC-08: Robin Hayes
--NC-11: Charles Taylor
--OH-01: Steve Chabot
--OH-02: Jean Schmidt
--OH-15: Deborah Pryce
--OH-18: Joy Padgett
--PA-04: Melissa Hart
--PA-07: Curt Weldon
--PA-08: Mike Fitzpatrick
--PA-10: Don Sherwood
--RI-Sen: Lincoln Chafee
--TN-Sen: Bob Corker
--VA-Sen: George Allen
--VA-10: Frank Wolf
--WA-Sen: Mike McGavick
--WA-08: Dave Reichert

By Blogger marc, at 10/24/2006 2:45 PM  

Label me whatever you want, but no matter what the media says Obama will be a loser.

#1- His last name is too close to "Osama" and his first name sounds foreign.
#2- He is a black man.

If you honestly think a black man with a foreign sounding name can win a Presidential election then you also must believe that Bush will admit his error in Iraq, apologize to the American people and pull out.

Obama as President is a nice dream, but it's a dream. I'd say the same about Condi or Colin Powell as well. It would be nice to think America has moved beyond race, but just look what the RNC is doing in Tennessee and then imagine what it would be like if Obama ran in 2008.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/25/2006 1:00 PM  

I don't agree that Americans wouldn't elect a black person. In fact, if Colin Powell had joined up with the Democratic Party instead of the GOP he'd probably be president, although given his background I don't think he should be. Certainly there are many Americans who wouldn't vote for a black person, but then in 1960 it was a given that Americans would not vote in a Catholic president.

By Blogger QrazyQat, at 10/25/2006 1:09 PM  

Condi and Colin are war criminals. In a just society, they would be jailbirds, not candidates.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/26/2006 12:21 PM  

Obama "gives good speech" but his votes are as fascist as the rest. I will not vote for him.

By Blogger Annie, at 10/27/2006 8:11 AM  

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