Tuesday, February 5, 2008

A Democratic Death Wish?

from NO QUARTER by Larry Johnson

Save this post. I will be telling you, “see, I told you so” or you will be feeding me a healthy helping of crow. But I am confident it will be, “I told you so.”

If Democrats choose Obama they are signing the death warrant for their party’s presidential aspirations in November. Normally, given the Bush record of the last eight years, Republicans in general would not have a snowball’s chance in a blast furnace of winning in November. But this year will not be normal. The virtual lack of national scrutiny to Obama’s record and the media adulation for his bullshit “change” mantra will come to a screeching halt. When it does, expect the following:


Unless he sets up shop in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, he’ll have a tough time shedding the label that he’s a muslim (even though he isn’t). Although, as the media starts looking at his father’s side of the family in Kenya they will find practicing muslims and a relationship with the Kenyan opposition leader, who also happens to be a muslim. That could have been a heartwarming story except cousin Odinga is in the middle of an ethnic/tribal war pitting Luo against Kikuyu and muslim against christian. Not so sweet. If fighting in Kenya continues to escalate it won’t be the inspirational backstory Barack may have counted on.

Then there is the fairy tale fantasy about Obama opposing lobbyists. He’s against them unless they represent the nuclear industry in his state and then he will take their money. And that is just for starters. I don’t begrudge Obama taking money from lobbyists. It is how Washington works. But he is so disingenuous and sanctimonious. Just wait till the national media starts sorting through his past record of contributors. The shine will come off. They love going after preachers who decry homosexuals and then score a hummer from a male hooker.

Oh yeah. Look for the Patrick Fitzgerald backlash. Most Democrats have lauded Mr. Fitzgerald for hauling Scooter Libby in for perjury and obstruction of justice. But will Democrats be singing with similar gusto come end of March as Mr. Fitzgerald builds a case against Obama’s key financial backer, Tony Rezko? I fully suspect that Dems, angry over the legal assault on Obama at that time, will be hollering for Fitzgerald’s head. Fitzgerald has integrity but that will count for little when you are perceived as crucifying the black Jesus.

The real crock of shit is the praise of Obama’s brilliance. There is not a “there” there. That is the point of Susan’s piece below, challenging his backers to tote up the list of “accomplishments.”

It would be one thing if he was getting busted up on a daily basis by Hillary. No way. Many of the Dems are such a bunch of whining pussies that any effort to challenge Barack on anything of substance was batted down as “gutter” politics. Jesus Christ!!

I would be prepared to make the case that Obama can resist the shit storm that will hit him in a few months if he had in fact conducted an effective defense of himself this last month and a half. But that has not happened. The Obama supporters, with the enthusiastic support of the mainstream media, are enabling the Senator.

Oh. I’m glad to see 80% of the African American’s in Georgia are supporting Obama. He’s going to need it. But there are other states where a black man (it does not matter his mother was white) with a direct tie to Africa will be savaged. Some of the racism will be overt and very ugly. But most of it will be quiet and insidious. If Obama had genuine and significant accomplishments he could probably deflect a significant portion of the racist attacks. But he doesn’t. Like it or not, race will be an issue that will muddy the waters come November (and please, do not accuse me of being racist for using the phrase, “muddy the waters”).

And there is more to come. Republicans are doing a good job of beating the crap out of each other. Not a lot of new on that front. But not the same for Obama. I am familiar with a couple of stories that the mainstream media is sitting on. These stories will be very damaging for Obama and add to the baggage he will carry into November. The remaining question is whether or not the media counter attack will come before or after the Democrats make their final decision.
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