Monday, March 24, 2008

Hitchens on Obama: glibness and ruthlessness

It's been more than a month since I began warning Sen. Barack Obama that he would become answerable for his revolting choice of a family priest. But never mind that; the astonishing thing is that it's at least 11 months since he himself has known precisely the same thing. "If Barack gets past the primary," said the Rev. Jeremiah Wright to the New York Times in April of last year, "he might have to publicly distance himself from me. I said it to Barack personally, and he said yeah, that might have to happen." Pause just for a moment, if only to admire the sheer calculating self-confidence of this. Sen. Obama has long known perfectly well, in other words, that he'd one day have to put some daylight between himself and a bigmouth Farrakhan fan. But he felt he needed his South Side Chicago "base" in the meantime. So he coldly decided to double-cross that bridge when he came to it. And now we are all supposed to marvel at the silky success of the maneuver.

You often hear it said, of some political or other opportunist, that he would sell his own grandmother if it would suit his interests. But you seldom, if ever, see this notorious transaction actually being performed, which is why I am slightly surprised that Obama got away with it so easily. (Yet why do I say I am surprised? He still gets away with absolutely everything.)

...Look at the accepted choice of words for the ravings of Jeremiah Wright: controversial, incendiary, inflammatory. These are adjectives that might have been—and were—applied to many eloquent speakers of the early civil rights movement... But is it "inflammatory" to say that AIDS and drugs are wrecking the black community because the white power structure wishes it? No. Nor is it "controversial." It is wicked and stupid and false to say such a thing...

.... The consequence, which you can already feel, is an inchoate resentment among many white voters who are damned if they will be called bigots by a man who associates with Jeremiah Wright.


At 7:31 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The consequence, which you can already feel, is an inchoate resentment among many white voters who are damned if they will be called bigots by a man who associates with Jeremiah Wright. --- Hitchens


Even Jesse Jackson is afraid of black men walking down a street alone.....would feel more safe seeing white men. Is Jackson a "white racist?"

Too funny.

At 7:41 PM EDT, Blogger The Contentious Centrist said...

The thing is, that according to Obama's book, it was not that she was afraid of "black men walking down a street alone". It was one particular person who harassed her for money when she was waiting for a bus and threatened to mug her.

The story is quoted here;

At 8:13 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it is clear the Democratic coalition is in chaos and disarray.

The Dem convention in Denver, may upstage 68 in Chicago.

Angry women, angry African Americans, angry Jews, angry violent anti War protestors, angry violent anti Capitalists, conspiro-nuts......and Hillary Clinton willing to do anything and piss off anybody for power that in her mind she not only deserves but is entitled to. Smoke filled back room deals, buying super delegates, victimization politics, riots and police brutality.

Oh yeah, this ones gonna be entertaining all right.

At 8:15 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, and 15 million potential new latino voters.

Almost forgot.


At 9:09 PM EDT, Blogger The Contentious Centrist said...

I believe the majority of dems are still white, middle class, Christian suburbanites. They would be hard pressed recognizing themselves in your descriptions.

At 11:29 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They also wont be outside the Denver Dem convention center in large numbers, angry and agititated.


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