Monday, March 24, 2008

Obama's Eloquent But Elusive Error

Interested in the Democratic presidential race, particularly the "train wreck" it has become since the citizenry discovered the bigotry, anti-Americanism, and goofiness of Barack Obama's main mentor?

Well, Michael Goodwin's article in the New York Daily News is a good one to start with on this Monday morning. ("You can't be a President if you won't stand up to an anti-American bigot. More to the point, you can't become President by running against the country or having people around you who hate it.")

But you'll also find of great interest Fred LeBrun's "Eloquent Misstep by Obama" written for the Albany Times-Union. ("If Sen. Barack Obama loses the presidency, he can very likely trace the beginning of the end of his unprecedented run for the White House to last week's much-discussed speech on race. He never should have gone there. It was a deadly mistake, a political blunder of the first order.")

Then there is Obama's own characterization of Jeremiah Wright and his church coming from a Philadelphia radio show just airing today. ("This is not a crackpot church...This is a pillar of the community and if you go there on Easter on this Easter Sunday and you sat down there in the pew you would think this is just like any other church. ... So I don’t want to suggest that somehow, the loops you have been seeing typifies the services all the time. That is the danger of the YouTube era. It doesn't excuse what he said. But it gives it some perspective.")

Oh yes, there's Senator Obama's criticism as "outrageously wrong" an article which appeared in the Trinity United Church bulletin last July. The article in question was a reprint of an op-ed from the Los Angeles Times written by Hamas official Moussa Abu Marzook and justifying the Palestinian terrorist organization's denial of Israel's right to exist. But, of course, the obvious question is "Why did it take eight months for Obama to condemn the article?"

And finally, don't miss Victor Davis Hanson's exceptional piece for NRO. Here's a teaser:

The latest polls reflecting Obama’s near-collapse should serve as a morality tale of John Edwards’s two Americas — the political obtuseness of the intellectual elite juxtaposed to the common sense of the working classes.

For some bizarre reason, Obama aimed his speech at winning praise from National Public Radio, the New York Times, and Harvard, and solidifying an already 90-percent solid African-American base — while apparently insulting the intelligence of everyone else.

Indeed, the more op-eds and pundits praised the courage of Barack Obama, the more the polls showed that there was a growing distrust that the eloquent and inspirational candidate has used his great gifts, in the end, to excuse the inexcusable...