Sunday, July 13, 2008

Gagging on the Kool-Aid

The Kool-Aid Man
Some Obama supporters worry that the spectacle of their candidate eagerly embracing his old rival, Hillary Clinton, and traveling the country courting big donors at lavish fund-raisers, may have done lasting damage to his image as an arbiter of a new kind of politics. This is a major concern since Obama's outsider credentials, have, in the past, played a large part in his appeal to moderate, swing voters. In the new poll, McCain leads Obama among independents 41 percent to 34 percent, with 25 percent favoring neither candidate. In June's NEWSWEEK Poll, Obama bested McCain among independent voters, 48 percent to 36 percent. Newsweek
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There are all kinds of independents, left, right, center... you name it. They probably only have one trait in common: an aversion to drinking Kool-Aid.

Drinking Kool-Aid is about commitment, sacrificing core principals can only be justified, if it can be justified, in pursuit of a great cause.

Certainly, nothing could be more absurd than to drink a Kool-Aid with no ideological content whatsoever.

Newsweek wonders:
But perhaps most puzzling is how McCain could have gained traction in the past month.
This election is not about McCain, it is about Obama, McCain cannot win, but Obama can lose.

My reading of Barack Obama that he is his own space or he is no space at all. His secret has been the charm of his difference. If he loses that special quality, and by now there is little left, it will be like Cinderella's coach turning back into a pumpkin and all the pretty horses back into scurrying, little mice.

That is what is happening now, I predict it will go very fast once it starts and that some of the super-delegates may begin to have second thoughts by the end of the month.

The Democrats have thrown a once in a generation opportunity away. DS


Mike Doyle said...

Glen Ford at Black Agenda Report:
July 9th
"Progressives for Obama Fool Themselves.
... But the most important reason that “Progressives for Obama” should have never existed is its utter lack of content. Leftists attempted to impose themselves on an electoral campaign where they were not wanted, and yet persisted in identifying with an organization over which they had no control, no ability to provide content. It was a game of make-believe, that has run its illogical course. Frankly, the project can also be seen as an act of opportunism, an attempt to graft the Left onto a corporate campaign that at some point must eject it like a foreign body. ..."

To which 'Shag' ( responds:
"i love the ‘donut movement’ metaphor — the progressive circle around the non-progressive center. you could market that one. obama-rama ding dongs. heh."


And here in PA (an important swing state) the state dem party has just been caught with its pants down. Using (they say) state employees and resources to work on democratic political campaigns over a period of 3 years - including mounting petition challenges against Nader/Romanelli in 2004.
"12 face charges in bonus scandal
Millions in public funds used for political gain, probe finds"

This doesn't feel good at all!

Stephanie said...

It is possible there was something wrong with the original Newsweek poll that had Obama so far ahead. Still, things are not going well. McCain should not be this close.

I think even if the superdelegates did decide belatedly that the emperor has no clothes, it’s too late to do anything about it. They hauled Obama over the finish line and they’re stuck with him for better or worse.