Saturday, June 21, 2008

"Fast Eddie" Obama

In the Herald Tribune, David Brooks has Obama pegged! Please read the entire article when you get a chance, but in the mean time, excerpts appear below: (Hat tip: Don B.)
This guy is the whole Chicago package: an idealistic, lakefront liberal fronting a sharp-elbowed machine operator.
Back when he was in the Illinois State Senate, Barack could have taken positions on politically uncomfortable issues. But Fast Eddie Obama voted "present" nearly 130 times. From time to time, he threw his voting power under the truck.

Barack said he could no more disown the Reverend Jeremiah Wright than disown his own grandmother. Then the political costs of Reverend Wright escalated and Fast Eddie Obama threw Wright under the truck.

Barack could have been a workhorse senator. But primary candidates don't do tough votes, so Fast Eddie Obama threw the workhorse duties under the truck.

John McCain offered to have a series of extended town-hall meetings around the country. But favored candidates don't go in for unscripted free-range conversations. Fast Eddie Obama threw the new-politics mantra under the truck.

And then Thursday, Fast Eddie Obama had his finest hour. Barack Obama has worked on political reform more than any other issue….He's spent much of his career talking about how much he believes in public financing. In January 2007, he told Larry King that the public-financing system works. In February 2007, he challenged Republicans to limit their spending and vowed to do so along with them if he were the nominee.

But Thursday, at the first breath of political inconvenience, Fast Eddie Obama threw
public financing under the truck....And the only thing that changed between Thursday and when he lauded the system is that Obama's got more money now.

And Fast Eddie didn't just sell out the primary cause of his life.

He did it with style. He did it with a video so risibly insincere that somewhere down in the shadow world Lee Atwater is gaping and applauding. Obama…made a cut-throat political calculation seem like Mother Teresa's final steps to sainthood.

The media and the activists won't care (they were interested in campaign-finance reform only when the Republicans had more money).

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