Friday, October 31, 2008

'Admiring incomprehension'

Media dreams of Barack Obama:
While journalists have swarmed to Alaska with admirable alacrity to ferret out every detail of Sarah Palin‘s energetic life, the media have drawn a curtain of admiring incomprehension in front of Obama’s own exquisitely written autobiography, Dreams from My Father. Because few have taken the trouble to appreciate Obama on his own terms, the politician functions as our national blank slate upon which we sketch out our social fantasies.
America does not know, or does not understand, who the man really is. The media has portrayed him, with his eager cooperation, as something he is not. The people who are trying to warn America about this yawning chasm between the perception and the reality of Obama are being demonized, stigmatized and marginalized. If you don't listen to them now, Nov. 5 will be too late.

So, please, read the whole thing.

UPDATE: Having read the whole thing, I'd like to call your attention to something the author writes  about the other major-party candidate for president:
John McCain doesn't seem to have noticed that the Grand Strategy of the Bush Administration -- Invade the World, Invite the World, In Hock to the World (or as blogger Daniel Larison put it, “Imperialism, Immigration, and Insolvency") -- has driven us into the ditch.
One of the most important things for conservatives to understand about this election is that the fundamental problem of the Republican Party stems from having heeded the advice of its enemies, including some enemies who wrongly call themselves "conservative." If John McCain loses this election, it will be a defeat for McCain and a defeat for the GOP, but it will not be a defeat for conservatism, if conservatism were understood correctly.

It is unfortunate that the term "conservatism" has been abused to describe policies of the Bush administration (hello, No Child Left Behind) that aren't even remotely conservative. It means nothing to shout "liberal! liberal! liberal!" at the Democrats, if the conservative alternative is not clearly and accurately defined -- or, even worse, if liberal policies are wrongly labeled "conservative," as is the case with so much of what Bush and McCain have done over the years.


  1. "America does not know, or does not understand, who the man really is."
    This has been my favorite line of attack on Obama.
    Yes, only Conservative pundits really know, and simultaneously, don't really know who he is.This is usually followed by demands for Obama to explain himself, and when he does it's still not enough.
    This mystery-man myth accounts for the derangement coming from Rightwing yokels.It establishes a premise that only when a man tells you what you want to hear can you believe him. And not until Barack repeats the Conservative talking points can he be taken at his word.
    It is a subtle form of prejudice to establish a double standard in which the minority candidate is made out to be that shady(no pun intended) character that cannot be trusted under any circumstances. Put away your purses!
    McCain/Palin are given the benefit of the doubt despite their dubious pasts. Todd Palin was flirting with seccessionist groups, but that's OK.Sarah was hanging out with witch doctors, but that's OK.
    We know who these people really are, right?

  2. Todd Palin was flirting with seccessionist[sic] groups

    You say that like it's a bad thing.

    I suspect the AIP has gained some traction, considering how the nation has treated their choice of governors.

    This has been my favorite line of attack on Obama.

    Has it? Then these are for you:

    Mad about The One
    The US media have been captivated by Obama, at the expense of their curiosity and skepticism

    Politics of celebrity takes over