Monday, February 13, 2006

Dilema of His Own Making

Time magazine has an article on the "dilema" of being Barak Obama. The basic point is that everybody wants a piece of him, so he's bound to disappoint some people.

I've said it before, and it bears repeating: The primary reason folks went gaga over Obama is that 1) he's black and 2) he gave a moving, well-delivered speech about national unity at the Democratic national convention in 2004. That's it. Before he cast a single vote in the US Sentate, he was being seriously discussed by DC insiders as a presidential candidate. That's absolutely ridiculous. Obama may ultimately prove to be presidential material, but it is WAY too early to be salivating over him at this point.

What is making me uncomfortable about Obama is not that he is not liberal enough. It's that he seems to have a zeal for seeking 'harmony' and 'unity' for their own sake. In that way he is reminiscent of Harold Ford in the House of Representatives. They both radiate the vibes of men spending too much time in their current postitions with their eyes turned toward that higher office (Ford: the Senate, Obama: the Presidency).

So far, I have had no trouble resisting joining the cult of Obama -- not because I think he is bad leader, but because he simply hasn't done enough or shown enough passion to warrant such worship.


At 1:09 PM, Blogger The Christian Progressive Liberal said...

His wife has said the same thing. If she knows he hasn't done squat to merit the adulation, you'd think he'd get a clue.

At 10:45 PM, Blogger Squishy said...

I have to admit, I threw in with the pro-Obama crowd. I've been really disappointed with some of his votes, but I'd take President Obama over most Republicans and a lot of Democrats.


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