Who is Barrack Obama, Really?

obama-and-dean.jpgIn 2003, as he campaigned for the Presidency, Howard Dean revealed his contemptuous view of Southerners as easily manipulated by Republicans to ignore “issues of common interest,” by which he meant of course, new or expanded government programs he hoped to offer  in exchange votes.   Instead, Dean said, Republicans duped these Southern rubes into basing their votes on unworldly concerns about, in Deans’s blunt words: “God, guns, and gays.”

Standard leftist doctrine holds that becoming more dependent on government is “in the best interests of average people.”  Yet, say the lefties, poor, dumb “average people” are conned by conservatives to base their votes on social and moral concerns instead of recognizing how much they could benefit from big, powerful, Democrat-run government.  Liberals like Dean lament voters who exhibit what they consider foolish faith in God that could and should be supplanted by enlightened faith in the genius of benevolent politicians.

Speaking to some leftist, pseudo-sophisticates in San Francisco last Sunday, Senator Obama took a page from Dean’s book.  But Obama’s style isn’t blunt and crass like Dean.  Obama’s lead in the delegate count is due largely to his skill at delivering hard-left dogma in a soft, non-confrontational tone.   Here’s Obama’s more delicate version of Dean’s 2003 message:

“You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them.

“And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

The contempt expressed by Dean is still there, wrapped in soothing language, that nevertheless adds racial bigotry (“people who aren’t like them”) to Dean’s 2003 list of charges.

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  1. aaa again on April 16th, 2008

    Y’all jes don unnerstan. We’re bitter cause after sloppin’ the hogs and feedin’ the chickens we gotta use an outhouse.

    Scuse me now. I gotta go hunt some varmints for suppa.