Really, It’s All About Obama

ObamaI hope my last post makes clear what I think the 2008 election is really all about. It’s about Barack Obama.  Obama is the only interesting choice, but I am uneasy about him, as are many Americans.

John McCain is a safe choice, but a most unsatisfactory one.  He’s safe enough to function in this election as the default.  If Obama lays an egg, we’ll get McCain, and he’ll be no worse and probably a good deal better than what we have now.  But most of us would be disappointed, wouldn’t we?  We are rooting for Obama to succeed, but not betting everything on it.

I have my own list of things Obama has to do and other things he has to avoid.  I’m sure you have yours.  I’m sure mine isn’t like yours, but I’d enjoy reading yours, and I’ll keep adding to mine:

  • Don’t be too liberal.
  • Don’t do class warfare.
  • Don’t be naive on foreign policy.
  • Don’t pretend it’s the 1930s or the 1960s.
  • Don’t let your past campaign rhetoric stand in the way of doing what’s right in Iraq. Go there and come back with a new message.
  • Don’t let yourself get rolled by the unions. Make them shape up first.
  • That goes double for the public employee unions.
  • You’ll probably get away with breaking your word on public financing of campaigns.  Don’t get cocky.
  • Don’t be too clever by half.  Telling McCain you’ll meet him at a town-hall forum on the night of July 4th and only then is infuriatingly disingenuous.
  • Do more town halls.  If your advisors tell you this isn’t your best format, tell them “Practice makes perfect.”
  • Don’t play the race card.
  • Don’t get pissed off when the media starts getting tougher on you. If they ever do.

To be continued….

7 thoughts on “Really, It’s All About Obama

  1. * Don’t be too liberal.
    His RECORD stands as testament, the MOST liberal in Congress.

    * Don’t do class warfare. His entire tax ‘plan’ is based in class warfare. The upper 10% pay 64.89% of income taxes, Obama wants to increase it… substantially.

    * Don’t be naive on foreign policy. Suggesting that talk, diplomacy and negotiation are effective methodologies for dealing with the implacable hatred of religious fanatics is the epitome of naivete’.

    * Don’t let your past campaign rhetoric stand in the way of doing what’s right in Iraq. Go there and come back with a new message.
    Well he certainly didn’t do that! Because he can’t, his entire premise that he can do the job is based in his ‘superior’ judgment. Admitting any flaw in that acumen is a death blow to that premise.

    * Don’t let yourself get rolled by the unions. Make them shape up first. * That goes double for the public employee unions.
    He is NOT going to offend the major working class block of voters supporting him.

    * Don’t be too clever by half. He already is, that is why he keeps having to hold news conferences to ‘explain’ what he meant.

    * Do more town halls. If your advisors tell you this isn’t your best format, tell them “Practice makes perfect.” He can’t afford that, if McCain trounces him in just one, it’s over, because the veil will have been lifted.

    * Don’t play the race card.
    He already has, repeatedly.

    * Don’t get pissed off when the media starts getting tougher on you. If they ever do.
    Of course he will, after all, whose side are they on, anyway?

  2. I have to agree with both your list and Geoffrey Britain’s commentary on it. The combination of Greek theater and Hollywood extravaganza that was the coronation speech in Denver said it all: Really, its all about Obama. Not the people.

  3. Hi John —

    I just got curious.

    And ended up here.

    How does your list look now?

    “Holy cow” I thought as I read it.

    Hope we can recover, but it will, seriously, take years.

    Sorry your life got so tangled up. 😦

    Here’s to a good year in 2012 for you!

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