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Respectable Conservatives Still Don't Get Obama
Ameican Thinker ^ | November 22, 2010 | Jack Cashill

Posted on 11/22/2010 5:55:27 AM PST by libstripper

If United States Senator Al Franken -- it hurts to say that -- ever had a redeeming moment, it was in the role of Stuart Smalley, a character he created for "Saturday Night Live."

In the most memorable of Smalley's "Daily Affirmations," the lisping, wildly insecure psycho-babbler hosts Michael Jordan. After explaining to his audience that Jordan is "a basketball player for a professional basketball team," Smalley says to him, "You should be very proud of yourself."

"Well, thank you, Stuart," says Jordan, "I am."

Stunned by Jordan's self-assurance, Smalley blunders on:

"I can imagine that the night before a game, you must lie awake thinking, 'I'm not good enough. Everybody's better than me. I'm not going to score any points. I have no business playing this game'."

"Well," answers Jordan in perfect deadpan, "not really."

Not even Stuart Smalley would accuse Jordan of narcissism. In real life, as in the Smalley skit, Jordan simply exhibited the confidence that comes with being the world's best practitioner of his art.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cashill; fauxconservatives; obama; parker
Cashill understands the Illegal in a way no so-called "respectable conservatives" (aka: over-educated snobbish nitwits) do.
1 posted on 11/22/2010 5:55:31 AM PST by libstripper
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To: libstripper

I mean, does anyone take Kathleen Parker seriously anymore? After her orgasmic-like words for The Great Spreader, how can anyone read her nonsense.


2 posted on 11/22/2010 6:09:14 AM PST by driftless2 (For long-term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: libstripper
To preserve their respectability, respectable conservatives have chosen to ignore what the blogosphere reports. As a result, when they look at Obama, they still see Michael Jordan and wonder why he is off his game. Out in the blogosphere, we see Stuart Smalley and wonder when the breakdown comes.

A very accurate final paragraph to the article.

3 posted on 11/22/2010 6:15:39 AM PST by Will88
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To: libstripper

.....”The one project that did engage Obama fully was work on The Audacity of Hope. He procrastinated for a long time and then, facing his deadline, wrote nearly a chapter a week.”

These chapters average nearly fifty pages in length. They are well-written and well-researched. A professional writer, working full time, would be stressed beyond endurance to meet such a deadline. A moonlighting senator, writing longhand, would not have a prayer.....

Of course obama did not write “The Audacity of Hope”. He never wrote “Dreams from My Father”, either. He never wrote ANYTHING of substance. That is because he COULD NOT write anything of substance!!!!

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/who_wrote_dreams_from_my_fathe_1.html

obama is actually a dumb-dumb with perfectly creased pants. He is a fraud, planted as our President beginning a long time ago. He does the will of his masters—the Saudis and banksters like Soros—NOT the will of the American people

obama—following the will of his masters—is turning America into a Third World country influenced by sharia. And he is doing everything possible to advance the caliphate. STOP HIM!!!!


4 posted on 11/22/2010 6:17:47 AM PST by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: libstripper

Bttt for later. Jack Cashill is always interesting.


5 posted on 11/22/2010 6:20:56 AM PST by Tax-chick (Global Warming: the first faith preached exclusively by hypocrites.)
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To: libstripper
"D'Souza and Last deserve more respect, but their willful blindness to Obama's limitations limits their own credibility."

I would like to know how D'Souza has had willful blindness? Where has he ever heaped praise upon Obama? He wrote a book based on his own experiences as someone who grew up in a post English colonial country and showed how Obama's thoughts come from his Father in this setting and Obama is a post colonial marxist. How is this willful blindness?
6 posted on 11/22/2010 6:46:44 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Honorary Serb

Obama is a grifter and con man. He learned how to be a street hustler during his community organizer days. The 2012 Presidential race will be the dirtiest and most divisive in our history. Look for Obama to pull the race card overtly and incessantly. It is his only chance to win.


7 posted on 11/22/2010 7:29:54 AM PST by kabar
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To: Old Teufel Hunden
D'Souza is just some arm chair psychologist who has created a phony strawman to explain the obvious. Obama's biological father was just that. He was a sperm donor who had no real impact on his life except to manufacture a phony narrative to further his political ambitions. Bill Ayers wrote the book.

The real influences on Obama's life were his mother, grandfather, Frank Marshall Davis, Rev Wright, and Bill Ayers. They were/are all Leftists who hated this country. And the fact that Obama spent four of his most formative years in a foreign country have contributed to his less than complete identification as an American.

Obama is an angry person who was abandoned by his mother and never knew his real father. He was raised in a dysfunctional white family and sought his own identity, which was wrapped up in race. Obama is a sociopath. How is that for some pop psychology?

8 posted on 11/22/2010 7:42:43 AM PST by kabar
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To: libstripper

I get him to the point where I hope his jihad is not massive homicidal suicide.


9 posted on 11/22/2010 7:48:27 AM PST by onedoug
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To: kabar

Who knows, though, on whom BO “imprinted” as his “father” whom he seeks approval from?

It sounds like, through BO’s autobiographies, he has identified that figure in his life as his bio dad.

BO DOES have a psychological disorder due to his “heritage”, and he’s on a fruitless, lifelong campaign to seek “daddy’s” approval.


10 posted on 11/22/2010 7:52:57 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: All

obama doesn’t write anything.


11 posted on 11/22/2010 7:53:12 AM PST by Maverick68
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To: kabar
"Obama's biological father was just that. He was a sperm donor who had no real impact on his life except to manufacture a phony narrative to further his political ambitions. Bill Ayers wrote the book."

I agree that Bill Ayers wrote the book. However, I think that Anne Dunham drilled daddy's beliefs into young Barry Sotero. I think Daddy's beliefs did have an impact on young Barry, along with Frank Marshall Davis et al.. Even if everything you say is true, it still begs the question. How doe D'Souza get lumped in with all of these faux paus RINOS such as Kathleen Parker? You didn't hear D'Souza buying into the Obama garbage back in 2008. He never declared he was endorsing or supporting Obama. In fact, the opposite is true. Therefore he doesn't deserve to be used in this article the way Cashill has.
12 posted on 11/22/2010 7:58:14 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: kabar

Yes, the 2012 election will be dirty and divisive. But it will result in the END of islam in America, and of pro-islamic American policies!!!!

I hope that all the frauds and scandals behind obama and the obamaites—and their downright EVIL—are exposed between January 2011 and the 2012 election. Then despite the obamaites’ dirty tricks and racial pandering, they will go down to an ignominious and historic defeat.


13 posted on 11/22/2010 8:01:48 AM PST by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: MrB

Profile of the Sociopath

Glibness and Superficial Charm

Manipulative and Conning

They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.

Grandiose Sense of Self

Feels entitled to certain things as “their right.”

Pathological Lying

Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.

Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt

A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.

Shallow Emotions

When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.

Incapacity for Love

Need for Stimulation

Living on the edge. Verbal outbursts and physical punishments are normal. Promiscuity and gambling are common.

Callousness/Lack of Empathy

Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others’ feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.

Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature

Rage and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others.

Early Behavior Problems/Juvenile Delinquency

Usually has a history of behavioral and academic difficulties, yet “gets by” by conning others. Problems in making and keeping friends; aberrant behaviors such as cruelty to people or animals, stealing, etc.

Irresponsibility/Unreliability

Not concerned about wrecking others’ lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.

Promiscuous Sexual Behavior/Infidelity

Promiscuity, child sexual abuse, rape and sexual acting out of all sorts.

Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle

Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future, poor work ethic but exploits others effectively.

Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility

Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution. Changes life story readily.


14 posted on 11/22/2010 8:08:06 AM PST by kabar
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To: Old Teufel Hunden
I don't think that Anne Dunham knew her husband that well during the brief time they were together. I doubt he influenced her views that much, but rather, confirmed them. Hell, supposedly she had Barak in August 1961 and was enrolled in the University of Washington in January 1962 while her husband remained in Hawaii to study and then moved to MA to study at Harvard in the fall of 1962. She filed for divorce in January 1964. They were married in Feb 1961 with her being three months pregnant.

She married two foreign born men and chose to live much of her life outside the US. She had no problem shipping her son back to Hawaii to live with her parents.

It was at the East-West Center that Dunham met Lolo Soetoro, a student from Indonesia. They married March 15, 1965 and moved with six-year-old Barack to Jakarta, Indonesia, just after the unrest surrounding the ascent of Suharto. In Indonesia, Soetoro worked as a government relations consultant with the American petroleum company Mobil.] On August 15, 1970, Soetoro and Dunham had a daughter, Maya Kassandra Soetoro. In Indonesia, Dunham enriched her son's education with correspondence courses in English, recordings of Mahalia Jackson, and speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. She sent the young Obama back to Hawaii to attend Punahou School rather than having him stay in Asia with her. Madelyn Dunham's job as a vice-president at the Bank of Hawaii helped pay the steep tuition,[35] with some assistance from a scholarship.

In the 1970s, Dunham wished to return to work, but Soetoro wanted more children. She once said that he became more American as she became more Javanese. Dunham left Soetoro in 1972, returning to Hawaii and reuniting with her son Barack for several years. Soetoro and Dunham saw each other periodically in the 1970s when Dunham returned to Indonesia for her field work but did not live together again. They divorced in 1980 and she began using the name Ann Dunham Sutoro, with a western spelling of her former husband's surname.

Dunham was not estranged from either ex-husband and encouraged her children to feel connected to their fathers. Dunham returned to graduate school in Honolulu in 1974, while raising Barack and Maya. When Dunham returned to Indonesia for field work in 1975 with Maya, after three years in Honolulu, Barack chose not to go, preferring to finish high school in Hawaii while living with his grandparents.

Even if everything you say is true, it still begs the question. How doe D'Souza get lumped in with all of these faux paus RINOS such as Kathleen Parker? You didn't hear D'Souza buying into the Obama garbage back in 2008. He never declared he was endorsing or supporting Obama. In fact, the opposite is true. Therefore he doesn't deserve to be used in this article the way Cashill has.

I agree. I think Cashill's point was that many of the elite MSM conservative elites still have this idea that Obama is a brilliant intellectual who has some flawed views due to various sociological reasons. Cashill says they are wrong. Obama is a poseur and con man who lacks the intellectual gifts they attribute to him. He is really an empty suit who has acquired an academic pedegree that has yet to be exposed since we have never seen any of his transcripts, SAT scores, etc.

15 posted on 11/22/2010 8:32:06 AM PST by kabar
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To: kabar
"He is really an empty suit who has acquired an academic pedegree that has yet to be exposed since we have never seen any of his transcripts, SAT scores, etc."

Yes, he was the head of Harvard Law Review and yet as I understand it we don't have any articles he published for the law review. Can you head it up and not actually write any articles for it? Sounds to me like a token head to stick out there while capable students under him did all the writing and real work...
16 posted on 11/22/2010 8:43:46 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: libstripper

Respectable thinkers need not understand Obama, not past his communist backing.


17 posted on 11/22/2010 9:05:47 AM PST by GingisK
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To: libstripper
I usually like articles in The American Thinker, but I'm not sure that I like this one a lot. While I agree somewhat with the premise of the article, the author's opinion on who are "respectable conservatives" differs from mine.

Also, this description of Obama caught my eye...

Although the article had nothing to do with Obama, Obama would surely have scored off the charts had he answered those questions honestly. He has always known that he is not as competent as he has appeared -- as a writer, as a thinker, as a student, as a senator. His "luck" derived from the fact that he grew up almost exactly as privileged white people do but in the body of a black man.

I think that Obama grew up in a far more sheltered, advantaged world than any privileged white person, having had everything handed to him solely because of his race. Such is the nature of Affirmative Action - merit, effort, and capability are replaced by quotas with the preferred races given unearned advantage over others.

Obama's our AA president. Every milestone in his life has been unearned. He never had to work in his life. He never had to achieve anything. Everything, every position was handed to him in exchange for being born with a favored racial makeup.

18 posted on 11/22/2010 9:09:57 AM PST by meyer (Hey Obama - It's the end of the world as you know it.... ..... and I feel fine!)
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To: Old Teufel Hunden
Right. They changed the rules at Harvard in terms of who could selected at the Harvard Law Review shortly before Obama was elected/selected. It was no longer based solely on academic performance and excellence, but rather, on other considerations including race and ethnicity. Obama became the first black head of the Law Review.

First Black Elected to Head Harvard's Law Review By FOX BUTTERFIELD, Special to The New York Times Published: February 6, 1990

BOSTON, Feb. 5— The Harvard Law Review, generally considered the most prestigious in the country, elected the first black president in its 104-year history today. The job is considered the highest student position at Harvard Law School.

The new president of the Review is Barack Obama, a 28-year-old graduate of Columbia University who spent four years heading a community development program for poor blacks on Chicago's South Side before enrolling in law school. His late father, Barack Obama, was a finance minister in Kenya and his mother, Ann Dunham, is an American anthropologist now doing fieldwork in Indonesia. Mr. Obama was born in Hawaii.

''The fact that I've been elected shows a lot of progress,'' Mr. Obama said today in an interview. ''It's encouraging.

''But it's important that stories like mine aren't used to say that everything is O.K. for blacks. You have to remember that for every one of me, there are hundreds or thousands of black students with at least equal talent who don't get a chance,'' he said, alluding to poverty or growing up in a drug environment.

Change in Selection System

Mr. Obama was elected after a meeting of the review's 80 editors that convened Sunday and lasted until early this morning, a participant said.

Until the 1970's the editors were picked on the basis of grades, and the president of the Law Review was the student with the highest academic rank. Among these were Elliot L. Richardson, the former Attorney General, and Irwin Griswold, a dean of the Harvard Law School and Solicitor General under Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon.

That system came under attack in the 1970's and was replaced by a program in which about half the editors are chosen for their grades and the other half are chosen by fellow students after a special writing competition. The new system, disputed when it began, was meant to help insure that minority students became editors of The Law Review.

Harvard, like a number of other top law schools, no longer ranks its law students for any purpose including a guide to recruiters.

19 posted on 11/22/2010 9:13:39 AM PST by kabar
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To: kabar
"'The fact that I've been elected shows a lot of progress,' Mr. Obama said today in an interview. 'It's encouraging."

Yes Barry, the "progress" it shows is that you don't have to earn your position, you just have to be born with the right ethnic background. Apparently, Barry's whole life has been one born with the right skin color and with enough money to make it matter...
20 posted on 11/22/2010 10:20:10 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: kabar; Old Teufel Hunden
The real influences on Obama's life were his mother, grandfather, Frank Marshall Davis, Rev Wright, and Bill Ayers. They were/are all Leftists who hated this country.

All true, but there's one missing from that list who played a huge formative (deformative!) role in his life - his maternal grandmother.

I don't have the cite handy, but I've seen information that Granny Dunham was the real hardcore marxist activist and severe disciplinarian and taskmaster of the family. Apparently she was the one pushing the rest of them into leftist activism, and there are accounts of her berating and humiliating young Barry in public for sloppiness and incompetence and failing to meet her exacting standards.

21 posted on 11/22/2010 12:19:53 PM PST by tarheelswamprat
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To: tarheelswamprat

No wonder he threw her under the bus. I would have put it in reverse and did it again...


22 posted on 11/22/2010 12:28:23 PM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: tarheelswamprat

Sounds like a typical white person.


23 posted on 11/22/2010 12:33:29 PM PST by kabar
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

The Illegal was “President” of the Harvard Law Review, an elected (by the other student menbers of the Law Review) position much like the captain of a football team. As such it was much more an honorary and political position, rather than a real scholarly working position. The person who did the real scholarly work had a title similar to “Managing Editor” and essentialy did for the Review what a quarterback does for a football team.


24 posted on 11/22/2010 3:21:46 PM PST by libstripper (uite eff)
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To: kabar; Old Teufel Hunden

>Obama’s biological father was just that. He was a sperm donor who had no real impact on his life except to manufacture a phony narrative to further his political ambitions.

True, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that Barry’s sperm donor couldn’t still be a indirect influence on Barry’s ideas. After all, he could still have passed on some of his views to Stanley Ann (who was already favoably disposed). Also, he could have hung around his Kenyan family.

>Bill Ayers wrote the book.

True, but Barry may have basically told him what to write.

>The real influences on Obama’s life were his mother, grandfather, Frank Marshall Davis, Rev Wright, and Bill Ayers. They were/are all Leftists who hated this country.

I think that D’Souza has basically stated that they were indeed influences, as well as Frantz Fanon, Edward Said and others.

>And the fact that Obama spent four of his most formative years in a foreign country have contributed to his less than complete identification as an American.

Again, I don’t think that Dinesh would argue much on this point.


25 posted on 11/23/2010 6:45:25 AM PST by Jacob Kell (With "Conservatives" like Daniel Larson, who needs Liberals?)
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To: Old Teufel Hunden
D'Souza looked at Obama through a specific lens, that of the anticolonial ideology of his father. The treatise is closely reasoned, true to the facts, and an excellent example of scholarship, as opposed to the spew being ladled out at diploma mills like Harvard and Princeton and their host of wannabes throughout the land.

It is a valid observation that D'Souza did not emphasize the socialist trappings that naturally affixed themselves to the anticolonial era. But that observation should not be distorted into a criticism. In this age of simple-minded one size fits all soundbite excuses for critical thought, the idea that there can be more than one thing to say about a complex subject has sadly been lost

26 posted on 11/23/2010 5:04:23 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: kabar
How is that for some pop psychology?

It is a good example of pop psychology. You haven't read D'Souza's book, of course.

27 posted on 11/23/2010 5:07:08 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard

No, just the article he wrote about the same subject.


28 posted on 11/23/2010 5:21:42 PM PST by kabar
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To: libstripper

“Not even Stuart Smalley would accuse Jordan of narcissism. In real life, as in the Smalley skit, Jordan simply exhibited the confidence that comes with being the world’s best practitioner of his art.”

Jordan had his problems, and is notable not so much for being serenly confident as carefully controlling his image and having great PR. If you happened to catch his Hall of Fame speech, for instance, you might have found his vindictiveness odd. However, his baser aspects have slowly trickled out over the years. His philandering and gambling addiction were open secrets, and then there was the massive delusion that was his baseball career.

Not that I seek to knock the guy. It’s good for public figures to have a little mystery. I’d rather we not know what an assh*le Ali was, for instance.


29 posted on 02/16/2011 1:34:30 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: Tublecane

“If you happened to catch his Hall of Fame speech, for instance, you might have found his vindictiveness odd. However, his baser aspects have slowly trickled out over the years. His philandering and gambling addiction were open secrets, and then there was the massive delusion that was his baseball career.”

By the way, I don’t mean to imply vindictiveness, philandering, or gambling are necessarily signs of narcissism. Jordan’s vices are typical of men of his means. His misadventures in baseball indicate the sort of delusional overconfidence you’d expect from a neurotic. But, again, it is not in itself evidence of anything.

It’s just that his cluster of symptoms is suggestive. Not in a clinical sense, or in any sort of technical sense. Not even in a pop-psychological sense. But in a good, old-fashioned character-analysis sense.


30 posted on 02/16/2011 1:45:01 PM PST by Tublecane
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