Skip to comments.Obama and the Ghost of '68
Posted on 03/27/2011 6:27:41 AM PDT by Kaslin
In 2008, Democratic voters had their pick of many candidates for president -- from Hillary Clinton to John Edwards to Joe Biden. Why did they choose Barack Obama?
After all, he had less experience in office than many of his rivals. He was not as well-known. He had the potential electoral liability of being black. No one knew if he was tough enough to stand up to Republican assaults in a nasty campaign.
So what accounts for his success? More than any other reason, he won because he had opposed the invasion of Iraq -- which Clinton and others had endorsed. Obama was the peace candidate of 2008. As the long and costly war dragged on, that was a priceless asset.
Where are those voters now? The majority is probably still in Obama's camp. Most Democrats in Congress have defended the president's attack on Libya. Most have given him the benefit of the doubt in his slow withdrawal from Iraq. Most have gone along with his dramatic escalation in Afghanistan.
But the mood of Democrats may be changing. The liberal magazine The Nation decried the intervention in Libya as "flagrant hypocrisy." John Larson, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, upbraided Obama for not consulting Congress.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, called the war "another disaster." If our involvement lasts weeks or months instead of days, Obama could lose many Democratic members.
He has already lost a lot of them on Afghanistan. Recently, 85 House Democrats voted for Kucinich's resolution demanding withdrawal of U.S. forces by Dec. 31, with 99 voting no. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, says both he and "a lot of my colleagues" in the Senate will also push for a speedy and complete departure.
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The Movement of 1968 split into factions within 4-5 years.
This is SOP for the donks.
Maybe they’ll purge zerO.
He won because he's black, It's that simple.
Shhhhhh, you’re not allowed to say that. The author called being black a “potential electoral liability.” Either the author is being disingenuous, or he’s extremely isolated from reality: even Slow Joe Biden knew better.
I believe he is the first and last Affirmative Action President.
Name any white candidate with a resume’ as razor thin as Obama who could beat Hillary.
No. Being black was a BIG help for Obama.
>>No. Being black was a BIG help for Obama. <<
Yep. Here is the breakdown:
Blacks: “We finally overcame.”
Latinos: “He ain’t White”
White liberals: “He ain’t White and probably isn’t American”
White “moderates”: “LOOK HERE! I am broad-minded!”
The only people left were Conservatives, who said:
“He ain’t done squat.” And we were right.
“No one knew if he was tough enough to stand up to Republican assaults in a nasty campaign. “
Recognizing the lack thereof will resolve the question as to why such a predictable national disaster was not avoided.
Don’t play nice with the devil.
Excellent summary. Have a Guinness.
That’s it...in a nutshell.
Thanks! Bottoms up!
What people are missing here is that he had the press in his corner. Reporters were bringing their children to hear him speak - do you think they would cover him in an adversarial manner? Absolutely not.
The leftist press is still very dominant, some could say that Fox News, talk radio and the internet hardly laid a glove on it. They did not cover Obama with the scrutiny a presidential candidate deserves because they wanted him to win. Obama was basically a radical lawyer, advising ACORN, protesting against racist banks, hanging out with Farrakhan, Wright and Ayers and then got into the IL state senate to most likely remain there for the rest of his days. He has been more shocked by his success than anyone else and his break came by getting into the US Senate.
He got into the Senate with a little trickery and his pact with the devil that the press is loathe to discuss. Jack Ryan, his very formidable opponent, would have won but for an ugly divorce that was to remain sealed and yet it was not. It had a sex scandal that somehow got introduced into the public domain while both parents told the judge it would hurt their son, (which he ignored since Ryan was in politics). Obama had been emailing and campaigning to get it into the open, which he succeeded, as he brought politics to a lower level. Ryan quit the race and Obama waltzed into the Senate by slinging mud. Then he condemns mudslingers in the presidential race and the press doesn’t call him on the hypocrisy.
If the press doesn’t attack you, like they did to Bush and Palin on a daily basis, the political walk is far easier. If they are in your corner they will make a silk purse out of a sows ear. There was never a negative press report on Obama unless it came from the right, and too big then he and his press minions had to respond as in the Reverend Wright situation. Frankly the press in the primary race began to call Hillary a racist for her campaign against Obama - which is how much they were going to bat for Obama.
Now he has gotten us into the midst of a civil war, started bombing an Arab country and didnt think it necessary to go before Congress. I have seen some hypocrisy in my day but this is a new low - and the press is again championing him. Complete and utter hypocrisy from a media that does nothing but kiss his backside in a blatant and embarrassing way.
Our very own multicultural affirmative action president.
Silly article - no need to stretch the truth to mae the point.
Obama won because he is black. >25% of Dem voters are black - he starts with half the votes he needs to win Even a split of the rest is a landslide.
I think this editorial makes a great point.
I know a couple of late twenty-somethings who voted for BO because they were concerned that McCain was a warmonger just like Bush. The war in Iraq was a huge deal to them.
And neither of these people are dyed-in-the-wool liberals. They are both pretty conservative in other areas but they voted for The One mostly because of the war.
In 2012, BO will maintain the minority vote, but he will lose most of the remaining coalition that elected him. The fact that states like Iowa went for BO in 2008 but sure as shootin’ won’t go for him in 2012 has to have the Dems shaking in their boots.
Yeah that’s the left’s logic if you didn’t vote for the arrogant pos. Never ming that you wouldn’t vote for a rat regardless of his or her skin color
Yeah that’s the left’s logic if you didn’t vote for the arrogant pos. Never mind that you wouldn’t vote for a rat regardless of his or her skin color