Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The Obama Campaign is Bush-like

I am most troubled by Barack Obama's campaign tactics. His campaign has been engaged in negative attacks since the Philadelphia debate last October, when most media outlets encouraged him to go negative in order to catch up with Hillary Clinton's lead in national poll numbers. From that point on, his campaign started to engage in personal attacks on Clinton and her supporters--calling Hillary and the former president Bill Clinton racists. It was then when the African American voter began to turn against Hillary Clinton. Before Obama's attack, Hillary had at least 40% support among African Americans in the polls. That support disappeared after Obama played the race card. The attacks from the Obama campaign were vicious. While his surrogates engaged in spreading rumors and attacks, Obama pretended to play a role of "above of it all", projecting an image of positive figure, a tactic not unlike that of George W. Bush's attacks on John McCain in the 2000 election. Obama has certainly picked a group of "capable" people around him----doing the dirty work for him.

Another aspect about Obama that is very Bush-like is his lack of decumented accomplishments in public services. He has made no significant political contribution both as a state senator in Illinois and a US senator. The main stream media has basically ignored this, instead focusing on his speeches that generated enthusiasm among young voters. The media sometimes has essentially become Obama's propaganda machine. If one take a closer look at Obama speeches, one finds much of his talks were without substance, much like Bush's speeches. Not critically evaluating Obama's speehes, the MSM has lost their credibility.

I am however much encouraged by the wills of people to elect a truly qualified president. In almost all primary elections (where people can truly exercise their voting rights), Hillary has come up on top. The democratic party should NOT be allowed to ignore the votes in Michigan and Florida. If they do, their nominee should not be considered legitimate.


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