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Here's looking at you, kid (review of Freddoso's book on Obama)
Economist ^ | September 18, 2008

Posted on 09/21/2008 9:59:17 AM PDT by reaganaut1

IF YOU find yourself believing that “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for”, [...] chances are that you are suffering from a severe case of Obamamania.


[A remedy] comes in the form of a new book by David Freddoso, “The Case Against Barack Obama”. Unlike the authors of some of the cruder attacks on Mr Obama, Mr Freddoso works for a well-respected organisation, the online version of the National Review. Although it is a conservative publication and the author makes no secret of where his political sympathies lie, this is a well-researched, extensively footnoted work. It aims not so much to attack Mr Obama as to puncture the belief that he is in some way an extraordinary, mould-breaking politician.

The Obama that emerges from its pages is not, Mr Freddoso says, “a bad person. It’s just that he’s like all the rest of them. Not a reformer. Not a Messiah. Just like all the rest of them in Washington.” And the author makes a fairly compelling case that this is so. The best part of the book concentrates on Mr Obama’s record in Chicago, his home town and the place from which he was elected to the Illinois state Senate in 1996, before moving to the United States Senate in 2004. The book lays out in detail how this period began in a way that should shock some of Mr Obama’s supporters: he won the Democratic nomination for his Illinois seat by getting a team of lawyers to throw all the other candidates off the ballot on various technicalities. One of those he threw off was a veteran black politician, a woman who helped him get started in politics in the first place.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: 2008; bookreview; caseagainstbo; davidfreddoso; freddoso; obama; obamabiden; thecaseagainstobama
The review later mentions that Obama has been part of the Chicago political machine and never tried to reform it, that he has associated with the "toxic" Jeremiah Wright and Tony Rezko, and that he has been a party-line Democratic senator in Washington.

None of this is news to Freepers, but it is important that it appears in mainstream publications such as the Economist.

I have read Corsi's Obamanation book and did not find it "crude", but the mandarins at the Economist clearly have better taste than I do.

1 posted on 09/21/2008 9:59:17 AM PDT by reaganaut1
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1.) COLB
Proven fake by more than one source
2.) Sketchy childhood
We know some details - Lots of gaps - muslim?
3.) College thesis has vanished
Was it anything like Michele’s?
4.) Overseas travel
Pakistan? Why? On what passport?
5.) Law records
What cases did he represent?
6.) Senate records disappeared
What was he trying to hide?
7.) Associations
Rev Wright, Ft Flager, Ayers, Rezko, Davis, Michele etc.
8.) Senate voting record
That speaks for itself
Who would his choices be?
10.) Proven Liar
11.) Inexperience
12.) Racist, Sexist, Radical, Marxist views

2 posted on 09/21/2008 10:04:54 AM PDT by mouse1 (McCain/Palin 08 Palin/Jindal 12)
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To: reaganaut1

I just finished Corsi’s book and found it well researched, carefully structured to avoid ad hominem attacks and it goes to great lengths to dispel innuendo and rumor. So yesterday, I purchased Freddoso’s book to add to my knowledge.

I’m somewhat dismayed by this review that quotes Mr Freddoso as saying Obama is not “a bad person.”

To the contrary, I have concluded that Obama is an extremely bad, almost evil person intent upon doing grave harm to our republic, and all under a stealthy cover. He is the product of Bill Ayers who was unable to take over our nation by bombing the seat of government, but has now carefully crafted a long-term strategy of revolutionary take-over via a Mansourian candidate.

Oh well, the book is on order and it certainly got the leftist brown shirts stirred up when Milt Rosenberg interviewed the author on WGN in Chicago.

3 posted on 09/21/2008 10:27:25 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: reaganaut1
Looks like the presumed emperor president has no clothes....

4 posted on 09/21/2008 10:31:40 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.")
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