November 1, 2008

APPLES? AGAIN?:

The Trouble With Obama (William Shawcross, 11/01/08, The Daily Beast)

Many of my American friends are delirious with joy at the prospect of an Obama victory. They have good reasons. Chief among them is that it will show the world the truth that America-haters have long denied—America is an extraordinarily open and free society. A black leader is unimaginable in any European state.

Obama is an enormously attractive candidate. But there are troubling aspects to his almost effortless cruise to the presidency. First is the absurdly messianic belief in the man, at home and abroad. It’s a belief he promotes himself. In Florida on Wednesday, he declared that a vote for him could “save the world.”

It’s hard to believe that that claim is not cynical. Whether or not, after raising such unrealistic hope must come a great fall.


There's a name for folks who believe the claim isn't cynical: dupes.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 1, 2008 7:52 AM
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