Tuesday, February 12, 2008

A Critique of Barack Obama

Joe Klein, a writer for Time Magazine that I like very much, published this critique of Barack Obama last week. The whole article is worth a read: Inspiration vs. Substance

Obama's strength is inspiration, and it's also his weakness. In the recent past, Democrats have favored candidates who offer meaty, detailed policy prescriptions — usually to the party's detriment — and that is not Obama's game. After his Iowa victory, his stump speech had become a soufflĂ© untroubled by much substance of any sort. He has rectified that, to some extent. He now spends some time talking about the laments of average Americans he has met along the way; then he dives into a litany of solutions he has proposed to address the laments. But those are not nearly so convincing as Clinton's versions of the same; of course, Clinton has a tragic deficit when it comes to inspiration.

There is an odd, anachronistic formality to Obama's stump speech: it is always the same. It sets his audiences afire, but it does not reach very far beyond them. It is no accident that Obama is nearly invincible in caucus states, where the ability to mobilize a hard core of activists is key — but not so strong in primaries, where more diverse masses of people are involved. He should be very worried that this nomination is likely to be decided in the big working-class primary states of Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania.


Anonymous said...

I am a student at the University of Nebraska Lincoln and I just want to say Barack I will pray for you because, I am a devout Catholic who is really dear to his faith and plus I think it is absolutely morally wrong to sign those Abortion documents. I am not a supporter of you, because of this reason and because of other reasons as well, and I think it is awefully shameful of you to sign those Abortion documents right now when our world is in alot and I mean alot of trouble economically. Not to mention Abortion, is one of the greatest sins out there. Remember you could always give the baby up for adoption because some wonderful thankful person will take care of that child. It makes me sick and so furious what you are doing right now with that situation! You know the USA was brought up on Life, Liberty, and a pursuit of happiness! Please re-read the emphasis on life! You are killing an innocent baby! What you are doing is absolutely horrible! I am a freshman in College and I just want to say I hope you make really good decisions during your time and please help our generation economically in finding jobs! Most importantly though is I have a strong faith and let me tell you I am extremely to the max pro-life and I think it is absolutely horrible what you have done so far to that situation and for our country. Stop being a hollywood star, and do something about are country instead of making false speeches of things that you say you are going to do. Anyway that is my take on you! I will pray for you Barack and I will hope over these next four years that you will make the right decisions to make our country very safe and well prosperous. Best of luck!

Will Green

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