Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Whew. What a long haul. Looks like Hillary didn't manage to pull it off... I'll vote for Obama in the fall, just as I've voted for every Democratic candidate, however crappy, since I first came of voting age in 1984 with Walter Mondale.
In '84, as a freshman in college, I actively worked for Gary Hart's campaign, including driving in his motorcade when he visited Austin! By the end of that campaign season, after Hart won California and was close to Mondale in the delegate count, the "superdelegates" kicked in for Mondale and denied Hart the nomination. Back then, there wasn't any media issue about "young people" or "black people" potentially throwing a tantrum because they didn't get what they wanted (though Hart had a huge college following). Since I had to "suck it up" back then, I'm now, at 42, completely annoyed about and dismissive of the "threat" of kids and blacks whining about not getting their way.
I fear Obama has the same problem that Kerry had in '04, Gore had in '00, Dukakis had in '88, Mondale had in '84... No balls.
War veteran Kerry got defeated by draft-dodger Bush in '04, AFTER the memory of the 2000 election being stolen??? Speaking of 2000... Gore caved in and didn't challenge the blatantly incorrect and political verdict of the Supreme Court??
Since the Democrats were such utter wimps, I almost don't blame the Republicans for out-muscling and out-maneuvering them in the elections.
Obama has a problem similar to Kerry's and Gore's and Dukakasis's: He's got nothing to say. "Change" and "Bringing people together" are silly, shallow slogans. As Time magazine's Charles Krauthammer said, "Anyone who's been around the block even once can see past that." White people (aka, "dumb, guilt-ridden liberals") fell for it because Obama was/is good-looking and smooth-talking...and black. Obama, in actuality, has not made any changes or created any consensus while in the Senate. He was in the US Senate only about a year before he announced he was running for President. While he was denouncing Hillary for being ambitious, he was himself the very epitome of crass ambition, all the while pretending not to be ambitious.
Like I said, I'll vote for him. I suspect, though, that the 2008 election will be similar to the McGovern/Nixon race of '72: Obama will get his gentlemanly ass kicked.