The Obama Movement

Obama’s loss in West Virgnia and Jim’s love letter to the man (h/t Sean) make one wonder what will make the American people sick of Barack Obama.

Because if he’s lucky enough to win, the people will be glad when he is gone.

Like most stable countries with functioning economies, America’s best and brightest rarely go into politics.

Obama’s smart, clearly. He gives great speeches, abandons friends who may embarras him (Jeremiah Wright, Robert Malley [2]), took on the Clinton, and massages bigotry

So, a typical politician.

The Obama Cult is kind of creepy, but as he’s already begun the process of screwing over supporters as he concentrates on what he believes is really important, it will fade. Clinton was all things to all people, until his union and environmental supporters realized he really cared about the global trading regime. Bush reached even higher popularity, but it turns out that developing counter-insurgency capacity is a long hard slog.

If your goal is immediate emotional gratification, lose yourself. It’s a lot of fun. If you want to know if you’ll be happy by the time he’s done (assuming he wins and gets re-elected), ask yourself what he’s willing to alienate the majority of Americans to get, and ask if you’re happy with that.

4 thoughts on “The Obama Movement”

  1. “…what will make the American people sick of Barack Obama.”

    18 to 24 months of his presidency.

    I am hoping for a good midterm for the GOP in 2010.

  2. “The Obama Cult is kind of creepy”

    You know, insulting one candidate’s base isn’t the best way of winning support for their opposition. Besides, any successful grassroots movement is inevitably going to be characterized as a cult by its opposition, and therefore such accusations are not going to help stop it in its tracks.

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/05/14/miss.election/index.html

    Oh, and I found the above link amusing. I suppose using Obama as a stick man in local elections isn’t as effective as some people thought.

  3. Jeffrey,

    Besides, any successful grassroots movement is inevitably going to be characterized as a cult by its opposition, and therefore such accusations are not going to help stop it in its tracks.

    Well said, and this amplifies my point.

    The Obama Movement is centered around the person of Barack Obama. Not his policies, not his actual ideas, not around vague nothings (“Change,” “Hope”) that cannot be ralied to, but rather around this deliverer who will change the world, because we are the ones we have been waiting for.

    In the creepy words of Esquire [1]:

    There was a time when the cynic would have read into this the hand of what the powdered-wig set in Philadelphia called “Divine Providence.” It would have been more than a landmark. It would have meant something else entirely. But politics has lost its imagination and it is dead to metaphor, and the cynic sees the water tower that says “Freedom,” and it’s only a measure of how utterly lost he is.

    Convince me, he says to himself.

    Convince me that I’m wrong. Convince me that there’s enough left that’s worth saving. Convince me that there are enough people left who care enough to save it.

    Convince me. Convince me. Convince me.

    Meanwhile, I support my candidate because of his policy positions [2].

    Oh, and I found the above link amusing. I suppose using Obama as a stick man in local elections isn’t as effective as some people thought.

    As we previously discussed, the Democratic Party can do quite well when it adopts a right-wing cultural line.

    Lexington,

    Good point.

    [1] http://www.esquire.com/features/barack-obama-0608
    [2] http://www.tdaxp.com/archive/2008/04/06/why-i-support-john-mccain.html

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