The Obama Backlash
The general theme? Obama is a fraud, nothing more than a generic liberal with rhetorical chops. He wonâ€™t actually unify anybody. He has no way to pay for his â€œsolutions.â€ Heâ€™s just an inexperienced joe who is flying high thanks to the endless adoration of the media.
All this is coming from writers who are reasonable people and not prone to spout off party-line arguments or twist logic just so â€œtheir sideâ€ can look good. Their critiques do make me worry that Iâ€™m a sucker for preferring Obama to Clinton and believing, even with reservations, that he has the capacity to bridge some of the divides in this nation.
Part of this backlash is probably just contrarianism for the sake of balancing out the recent rush of Obama love. But a lot of it is pretty earnest and some of the writers seem quite concerned that Obama proponents are falling into a potentially dangerous trap. Maybe so. But their aversion is based on no more evidence than my attraction. Itâ€™s all a matter of perception.
Really, Iâ€™m an Obama admirer more than a supporter (McCain would get my vote if the election occurred today), but Iâ€™m going to let Obama and not his critics drive my judgments. Iâ€™d rather be audacious enough to believe there are still great men who can achieve great deeds than be so calculatingly cynical as to reject even the hope of greatness.