History made — and was that the point?

posted at 8:03 am on June 4, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama claimed the Democratic Party nomination for President, making history as the first black American to appear on a major-party presidential ticket in either slot. He ran an unbelievably powerful campaign against a woman who wanted to make history by being the first female to top a ticket, twenty-four years after Geraldine Ferraro ran as Walter Mondale’s running mate and lost to Ronald Reagan. This morning, many in the media are congratulating Obama, but sound more like they’re congratulating themselves:

Senator Barack Obama claimed the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday evening, prevailing through an epic battle with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in a primary campaign that inspired millions of voters from every corner of America to demand change in Washington.

A last-minute rush of Democratic superdelegates, as well as the results from the final primaries, in Montana and South Dakota, pushed Mr. Obama over the threshold of winning the 2,118 delegates needed to be nominated at the party’s convention in August. The victory for Mr. Obama, the son of a black Kenyan father and a white Kansan mother, broke racial barriers and represented a remarkable rise for a man who just four years ago served in the Illinois Senate.

Let’s make something clear in this scenario, which the Times accurately reports in this passage. Obama has not yet won the nomination. The superdelegates by rule can change their minds at any time before they cast their votes. Obama is still hundreds shy in pledged delegates, which means Obama will win the nomination if and only if the public declarations of the superdelegates do not change between now and Denver. It’s unlikely that enough would do so to give Hillary the nomination, but it is a possibility.

With that caveat, Obama’s nomination does demonstrate the openness of the American system. The irony of this, of course, is that Obama’s own associates don’t believe that America transcends race and allows for success for people of color. To listen to Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s friend and pastor of 20 years, is to hear how America is a place that conspires against black people and plots their genocide. Father Michael Pfleger, a man to whom Obama directed taxpayer funds while in the Illinois legislature, believes America to be so racist that he called this nation “the greatest sin against God”.

In watching and reading some of the reaction, many reveled in Obama’s nomination for the same reason. They want to feel good about America rather than have an experienced nominee. In fact, they not only want to feel good about America, they want to feel good about themselves. They wanted to be part of that historical moment, and that was their first priority — and that’s not limited to Obama supporters, either. The lament one hears most about Hillary’s collapsehas nothing to do with policy, experience, or expertise, but that she didn’t get to be the one who makes history.

Well, history has been made, and I congratulate Senator Obama on beating the Clintons, a truly remarkable achievement considering the groundwork laid for Hillary’s bid over the last eight years. Perhaps now we can focus less on making history and back-clapping and start determining which candidate has the experience, accomplishments, and consistency to make the best President.


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Perhaps now we can focus less on making history and back-clapping and start determining which candidate has the experience, accomplishments, and consistency to make the best President.

With the MSM we have in this country, don’t hold your breath, CAP’N Ed. Don’t hold your breath.

Subsunk

Subsunk on June 4, 2008 at 8:11 AM

If ever there were a sign of how far America has sunk, it has to be the rise of Barack Obama as a legitimate political candidate despite his far left views, his unseemly associations, his gross naivite and his total lack of experience. What qualified him? A gift for rhetoric? His color? The willingness of Democrats to overlook reality in favor of fantasy? Come November, the fantasy will collapse as reality reasserts itself.

NNtrancer on June 4, 2008 at 8:12 AM

They want to feel good about America rather than have an experienced nominee. In fact, they not only want to feel good about America, they want to feel good about themselves. They wanted to be part of that historical moment,

What they want is absolution.

trubble on June 4, 2008 at 8:16 AM

Second day of double column banner headlines on all the networks web sites, Senate Republicans trashing America in the foreign press, stadiums packed with supporters…..why does anyone think the American public cares a lick about substance?

Limerick on June 4, 2008 at 8:19 AM

Aren’t most successful blacks considered some sort of turncoat or house slave? What is going to be the story if this guy gets the presidency? Will we still be a racist country were blacks have no hope? I’m curious as to how the race game can continue if we have a black president.

jmarcure on June 4, 2008 at 8:19 AM

Okay, we now have an affirmative action candidate with no experience, no solutions, no ideas (other than change), and people actually expect results from this character?

If people really want change, why are the three leading candidates all from the Senate? The Senate is the more conservative body and was designed that way by the Constitution.

Barak Obama =’s Jimmy Carter.

Special Forces Grunt on June 4, 2008 at 8:24 AM

The reality is the democrats only identify by group – If obama wins the presidency his 4 years will be a disaster of biblical proportions. It will also set back civil rights in this country 100 years giving all the racist turds out there plenty of ammo to blame his massive failure on his race – when it will truly be his naivete and ultra-left wing policies.

God help the USA if barack hussein obama wins in November.

Colonel_prop on June 4, 2008 at 8:24 AM

McGovern-esque loss in the fall.

Get ready for 6 months of “painful reflection” by the media starting in November. “An election that held out so much hope for a nation but whose loss ultimately confirmed the worst impulses in some. “

moxie_neanderthal on June 4, 2008 at 8:25 AM

We made history by showing how far this society has traveled off the road of progress and the initiative to be great. A very mediocre man with black skin and tons of money supplied by people that wish to end this country’s rise to greatness has topped the ticket of a radical political party filled with self centered victims.

Hening on June 4, 2008 at 8:26 AM

While feeling good about oneself may sound like a good thing, it does have its drawbacks.

Feeling good about oneself is not going to lower gasoline prices anytime soon.

Feeling good about oneself is not going to help improve the economic situation, including the problem with housing and foreclosures.

Feeling good about oneself is not going to bring about peace in Iraq.

Feeling good about oneself is not going to stop the war on terrorism.

Feeling good about oneself is not going to help when it comes to standing up to threats like Iran and Syria.

Feeling good about oneself is not going to help curb the current flow of illegal immigrants.

Feeling good about oneself is not going to make this country great.

Only strong, responsible leadership is going to do all this.

And right now, in B.O., all I see is a guy who makes flowery speeches about how he is going to accomplish all these great and wondrous things, but he doesn’t say how he is going to do it.

And I don’t feel very good about that.

pilamaye on June 4, 2008 at 8:28 AM

I’m curious as to how the race game can continue if we have a black president.

jmarcure on June 4, 2008 at 8:19 AM

I’m curious how it continues right now.

In Boston so-called minorities are actually now the majority, yet we still have racial preferences for people of color mandated in hiring, promotions, educational acceptances etc. Go figure.

Alden Pyle on June 4, 2008 at 8:28 AM

Okay, we now have an affirmative action candidate with no experience, no solutions, no ideas (other than change), and people actually expect results from this character?

I’m guessing you have never been told that a company would like to bring you on but that they have to hire a ______?

I’m still trying to figure out how putting someone in the position of leader of the most powerful nation in history based on their sex or skin tone makes sense to all the braniac college towns that seem to vote for “change”.

Hening on June 4, 2008 at 8:34 AM

Perhaps now we can focus less on making history and back-clapping and start determining which candidate has the experience, accomplishments, and consistency to make the best President.

Agreed, but what do we do when neither candidate has the “experience, accomplishments and consistency” to make the best president? If Obama and McCain are the best our current political process can produce as presidential candidates, then something is very wrong.

JSobon on June 4, 2008 at 8:35 AM

He’s only half Black, and we don’t know how much Arab blood there is in his father’s tribe.

But hey, as long he’s hanging out with Whitey and Jew bashing comrades he’s as Black as it gets.

Aristotle on June 4, 2008 at 8:36 AM

It seems the Liberal Democratic Party have chosen Barack
Obama,as their Presidential nominee,and it also seems that
the Liberal biased MSM was going to do all that they could
to assure Obama’s secrument of that nominee!

I sincerely hope that Omama,and the Liberal press know that
the stakes for America in which their is an ongoing war,are
pretty high!

I hope the liberals are taking in account that America is at
war,where Iran would rather see America,and Israel gone!

Hope and Change are nice slogan’s,but there’s a war on,and
Liberals are about division,and not unity,America deserves
better!

America’s Commander-in-Chief is not about feel good politics
are identity politics,its about leadership and knowing the
enemy wants to kill American’s and destroy America,or the
west for that matter!

These are dark and dangerous times,Iran wants the bomb,talk
is cheap,and that’s the Liberal’s stock and trade,Obama
wants to talk,he will not follow through if push comes to
shove!

America needs a leader who has experience and who has been
tested,and not full of slogan’s,all the Hope and Change,and
yes we can will not deter Iran,or AQ!!!!

canopfor on June 4, 2008 at 8:39 AM

Perhaps now we can focus less on making history and back-clapping and start determining which candidate has the experience, accomplishments, and consistency to make the best President.

“Cross the highways of fantasy
Help me to forget today’s pain
Though the dawn may be coming soon
There still may be some time”
.
Gary Wright – Dream Weaver

abinitioadinfinitum on June 4, 2008 at 8:39 AM

Perhaps now we can focus less on making history and back-clapping and start determining which candidate has the experience, accomplishments, and consistency to make the best President.

We’ll focus on who has more youth, world appeal, and blended skin color to make the best Hope for Change.

Saltysam on June 4, 2008 at 8:45 AM

In their church of secularism, liberals get to finally put on the hair shirt and flog themselves- absolution indeed.
When they are done they will say “Now it’s your turn, we’ll be in the mansion”.

jjshaka on June 4, 2008 at 8:47 AM

While stitching up the hand of a 75 year old Texas rancher, who got cut on a gate while working cattle, the rural doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually the topic got around to Obama and his bid to be our President.

The old rancher said, Well, ya know, Obama is what I call a fencepost turtle. Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a fencepost turtle was. The old rancher said, When you’re driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that’s called a fencepost turtle

The old rancher saw a puzzled look on the doctor’s face, so he continued to explain. You know he didn’t get up there by himself, he definitely doesn’t belong up there, he doesn’t know what to do while he is up there, and you just gotta wonder what kind of a idiot put him up there in the first place!”

Keemo on June 4, 2008 at 8:50 AM

He ran an unbelievably powerful campaign

He could have been a half-black race-baiting empty suit from the S. Side of Chicago and he still would have been the media darling.

Obama’s nomination does demonstrate the openness of the American system.

Open to inexperienced socialists and racists of color.

Well, history has been made, and I congratulate Senator Obama on beating the Clintons, a truly remarkable achievement

A sad history it is. A race-baiting charlatan socialist in connivance with radical terrorists and a radical media. Some history.

JiangxiDad on June 4, 2008 at 8:50 AM

Limerick on June 4, 2008 at 8:19 AM

Hagel may have an “R” next to his name, but he is no Republican.

Connie on June 4, 2008 at 8:52 AM

He will never win the general election. You know that and I know that.

Winebabe on June 4, 2008 at 8:53 AM

Keemo on June 4, 2008 at 8:50 AM

5 stars on that comment!

Saltysam on June 4, 2008 at 8:53 AM

Connie on June 4, 2008 at 8:52 AM

And the receptionist at the doctor’s office, the clerk at Chevron, the OSU student can discern this?

Limerick on June 4, 2008 at 8:54 AM

George Wil called Obama a superior politician for “beating” the Clinton machine by being “black.” Okay, well, he’s half black and half white (mother was white). So, why did he “win” exactly?

I think it had more to do with Democrats wanting anyone other than Hillary, and their white-quilt not wanting to be a bigot and not vote for the half-black guy who has no clue what he is talking about most of the time (like another find Democrat candidate that came out of nowhere to win, Jimmah Carter – the ex-President that keeps on giving).

Maybe now the Clintons will GO AWAY. I want to start a new PAC called GoAway.org so we can forget about the Clinton machine once and for all. Maybe the Clintons can get Alec Baldwin and Susan Sarandon and go to Italy together (you know the utopian egalitarian government Italy, home of the Mafia, Mussolini, Rome, the Vatican, all upstanding philanthropic social outreach organizations helping people for millenia. Wait.).

Meh. No-Bama in ’08!

Neo on June 4, 2008 at 8:55 AM

Hagel may have an “R” next to his name, but he is no Republican.
Connie on June 4, 2008 at 8:52 AM

Hagel is the perfect example of why-how the GOP lost it’s way; lost it’s message; lost it’s base… When I think of Hagel, I remember “I didn’t leave my party, my party left me.” We’ve got some serious house cleaning to do; Hagel is on top of the heap.

The good people of Nebraska need to clean this pile of crap off their streets.

Keemo on June 4, 2008 at 8:59 AM

The Affirmative Action Candidacy

Many of us who reject the policy of affirmative action as an effective tool in government nonetheless engage in a sort of benign affirmative action in our our lives. I often noted that my previous employer and partner would often go out of his way to hire a black applicant when a more qualified or equally qualified white applicant was available.

Many Americans take great satisfaction at the achievements of blacks, and I think see these victories as sign posts of a more complete assimilation into the melting post of America. I myself take a particular satisfaction when a top student at our local school is black, as has been the case the last couple of years; this is no small feat in a school noted for academic excellence.

The candidacy of Barack Obama is an affirmative action candidacy. No logical, academic analysis of his qualifications to be President of the United States would leave him on my television this morning. His much ballyhooed “story” is meaningless to me; it’s crap. He has never done anything in his life which in retrospect looks like an achievement, other than be granted access to institutions because of the color of his skin.

The list of things that he is not, and the list of things that might each, individually, disqualify him from serious consideration, are both quite long and insulting. Many have summed this up quite accurately by referring to him as an “empty suit”; he is an empty suit into which his supporters project a much more accomplished candidate, and they often cite his racial makeup as the primary reason for doing so.

Sorry Hillary, race trumped gender in your primary battle based only on identity politics and not on qualifications, or more importantly a plan for our future governance. Hope and change, the slogan of the Obama campaign, are meaningless in the context of an election campaign, and ultimately mask his real slogan: “If Not Me, then Who, and if Not Now, then When?”

Here’s hoping then that we can change the current thinking of those who have engaged in their own affirmative action policy in this election up to now. As we have learned over the years, affirmation action is a deeply flawed mechanism for developing individuals. It lacks the essential rewards that come from the natural system of striving, working, failing, thinking and rethinking, testing and being tested. It leaves our best out of the system, discriminated against because they lack some superficial quality – skin color, ovaries, whatever.

In Obama, our desire to elevate a black American into a realm of our society where none has gone before has trumped a system of choosing leaders which is as old as Democracy itself. We have subordinated merit to shape and color; at least some of us have.

And as Ward Connerly frequently notes about affirmative action, two things happen when we do this: we cheat some of our qualified candidates out of the reward for their achievement, yes, but mostly in this case we cheat ourselves out of electing the best leader. But also, we put a person into a position that they are fundamentally unprepared for. And this breeds failure where success could have been achieved with the right amount of preparation.

Affirmative Action cannot be the guiding principle to choosing a leader for this country and the world. It doesn’t work.

Jaibones on June 4, 2008 at 9:01 AM

Well, history has been made, and I congratulate Senator Obama on beating the Clintons, a truly remarkable achievement considering the groundwork laid for Hillary’s bid over the last eight years.

Obama is to be congratulated for successfully employing the stirring oratory of a demagogue, but the real congratulations belong to the media, first for propping up the loathsome Clintons for all these years, and for not vetting Obama.

Perhaps now we can focus less on making history and back-clapping and start determining which candidate has the experience, accomplishments, and consistency to make the best President.

We’ve been hoodwinked and bamboozled. Some of this you’ve heard before, maybe not all of it.

The alternative? A Bush Bashing/Global Warming Alarmist Republican candidate. Great.

Buy Danish on June 4, 2008 at 9:01 AM

we cannot let this man be president. we cannot. he is a far leftist in changes clothes.

mccain is an idiot too, unfortunately. the candidate of national security who won’t close the border

and the candidate of economic conservatism who is okay with windfall profits taxes.

it is utterly depressing

blatantblue on June 4, 2008 at 9:04 AM

Congratulations Barack Obama and congratulations America. You can talk media all you want but the fact that Americans got their butts to the caucuses and to the polls to beat one of the most powerful political machines in recent history in their “own” party speaks volumes as to how far America actually has progressed.

Comparing Barack Obama to Jimmy Carter has NONE of the impact of comparing John McCain to George Bush. That won’t play if you are trying to elect John McCain. The only person you could possibly compare him to that would be worse would be Dick Cheney, who McCain threw under the bus in his speech, to his credit.

After listening to both speakers it would be better for John McCain to simply put a piece of straw in his mouth and utter “aw shucks” until November. He will get more mileage than trying to read a teleprompter and deliver a speech! It was a painful thing to watch and listen to. It is hard to believe that the GOP could find a worse speaker than George Bush! Mission Accomplished!

John McCain will be the next Bob Dole of political races. Another old GOP senator whose turn it is to run for president. The GOP could not have picked a worse choice. It’s a party who knows they will lose big in November and McCain is the sacrificial lamb this time around.

Monkei on June 4, 2008 at 9:06 AM

The good people of Nebraska need to clean this pile of crap off their streets.

Keemo on June 4, 2008 at 8:59 AM

He cannot win re-election there.

Jaibones on June 4, 2008 at 9:07 AM

The Democrats are making the same mistake with black America that the GOP is making with conservatives.

There will be a great rebirth of conservatism, and a great deal of blacks will lead the way.

Thank you, Democrats, for being so unabashedly Democrats!

Saltysam on June 4, 2008 at 9:07 AM

He will never win the general election. You know that and I know that.

Winebabe on June 4, 2008 at 8:53 AM

I pray your right but the “boy blunder”, as Pamela of Atlas Shrugs calls him, has gotten this far,thanks to the MSM for doing a fine job of cover up for him.

abinitioadinfinitum on June 4, 2008 at 9:08 AM

Congress is full of the unelectable.

Limerick on June 4, 2008 at 9:10 AM

Ah yes, history is made . . . we have a Marxist frat boy for a presidential candidate. God save the Republic.

rplat on June 4, 2008 at 9:12 AM

He will never win the general election. You know that and I know that.

Don’t under-estimate the American voting public. It’s the same incredibly stupid crowd that not only elected GWB the first time, but actually re-elected the idiot a second time!

Monkei on June 4, 2008 at 9:12 AM

jmarcure: “Aren’t most successful blacks considered some sort of turncoat or house slave? What is going to be the story if this guy gets the presidency? Will we still be a racist country were blacks have no hope? I’m curious as to how the race game can continue if we have a black president.”

Since the race game is irrational, it can continue even if circumstances refute it. Identity politics can blossom once the radical Left gains power. You see, race-baiting means never having to say you’re sorry. Ask Al Sharpton.

Tantor on June 4, 2008 at 9:14 AM

It’s a sad day in America when a man (of any color) who campaigns against the idea of American exceptionalism is nominated for President of this great, and very exceptional, country.

AZCoyote on June 4, 2008 at 9:15 AM

I’m curious as to how the race game can continue if we have a black president.”

The game continues when black conservatives run for the House and Senate in 2010, and give a voice to blacks that get ignored by the media and the Democrats.

The world doesn’t begin and end on this presidency.

Saltysam on June 4, 2008 at 9:21 AM

Various commenters have referred to one candidate or the other as unelectable. If only it were true that both are! Then maybe we would have the chance to find a better option.

Unfortunately, the primary system has left us with only these two choices, both of whom are so badly flawed that the election may be decided by who screws up the least, or who is best able to motivate the stupidity that is apparently so prevalent in much of the electorate.

backwoods conservative on June 4, 2008 at 9:24 AM

backwoods conservative on June 4, 2008 at 9:24 AM

I’m voting for the least unelectable.

Saltysam on June 4, 2008 at 9:27 AM

I haven’t seen this kind of fever since Jonestown.

drjohn on June 4, 2008 at 9:28 AM

Aren’t most successful blacks considered some sort of turncoat or house slave? What is going to be the story if this guy gets the presidency? Will we still be a racist country were blacks have no hope? I’m curious as to how the race game can continue if we have a black president.

jmarcure on June 4, 2008 at 8:19 AM

Oh really? Is that right? LOL. Perhaps you need to get out more and meet some successful black people.

Reading you guys is always the most enlightening part of my day!

flipflopper on June 4, 2008 at 9:28 AM

“Aren’t most successful blacks considered some sort of turncoat or house slave?”

No, only conservatives blacks are considered house slaves and Uncle Tom’s.

drjohn on June 4, 2008 at 9:29 AM

What’s particularly unbelievable is this phony maxim of “change”; change from a man who has never worked with Republicans for anything; change from a man who is up to his ears in scandals, all due to his political dealings in Chicago; change from a man who spent 20 years in a race-driven church; change from a man who cavorts with domestic terrorists; change from a man who thinks Ginsberg and Souter are the touchstone for judicial restraint (!!!).

This is not change — this is uber leftism, nothing more.

Richard Romano on June 4, 2008 at 9:31 AM

History would be made if we actually lived up to the dream of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

Red Pill on June 4, 2008 at 9:32 AM

drjohn on June 4, 2008 at 9:29 AM

Not any more. The game has changed. Completely.

Saltysam on June 4, 2008 at 9:33 AM

flipflopper on June 4, 2008 at 9:28 AM

Umm.

You’re reading his point completely backwards.

Saltysam on June 4, 2008 at 9:34 AM

I learned how to read, thanks. I also know loaded sarcasm when I see it.

flipflopper on June 4, 2008 at 9:38 AM

Reading you guys is always the most enlightening part of my day!

And reading some of your leftist rags makes my day too, albeit in a visceral way. Keep in mind that Obama was almost universally supported by blacks — did they vote for him because he’s the best candidate, or because he’s black?

Tell us, flip

Richard Romano on June 4, 2008 at 9:39 AM

The only person you could possibly compare him to that would be worse would be Dick Cheney, who McCain threw under the bus in his speech, to his credit.

Monkei on June 4, 2008 at 9:06 AM

Riiiight. I found that backstabbing to be utterly despicable on McCain’s part. Indeed, maybe Scott McClellan can be on his team.

Oh really? Is that right? LOL. Perhaps you need to get out more and meet some successful black people.

flipflopper on June 4, 2008 at 9:28 AM

It’s Barack Obama’s vile friends and mentors who refer to Condeleeza Rice as Condiskeeza. But LOL away, dude.

Buy Danish on June 4, 2008 at 9:40 AM

ok. good. Is the Black thing over with now? He’s making it just as far as any white person. Can we friggin quit the ‘blacks don’t get anywhere’ crap now? See how far they can get when they take that attitude off the table and just go forward like anyone would? I’ll give Obama that. Blacks need to watch and learn from him.

johnnyU on June 4, 2008 at 9:41 AM

Hey Rich, No way I’m letting you guys gang up on me LOL… but I didn’t say I was a leftie!

I think people have their own reasons to vote for whomever they wish. I’m not going to psychoanalyze millions of people’s thoughts. However, I agree it’s pretty easy to make that conclusion.

flipflopper on June 4, 2008 at 9:44 AM

I also know loaded sarcasm when I see it.

flipflopper on June 4, 2008 at 9:38 AM

Then why hide it?

Saltysam on June 4, 2008 at 9:47 AM

Yes, history is made. The first nominee for president to openly call for America to surrender to its enemies.

Change We Can Believe In!

rockmom on June 4, 2008 at 9:52 AM

If we want to put the gotta-elect-the-clueless-Socialist-because-he’s-black argument to bed, how about:

Vice President Michael Steele.

Steve Z on June 4, 2008 at 9:52 AM

However, I agree it’s pretty easy to make that conclusion.

Case closed.

Richard Romano on June 4, 2008 at 9:55 AM

The Left has always been known for their ability to make history.

They gain power – and we’re history!

OldEnglish on June 4, 2008 at 10:02 AM

Don’t under-estimate the American voting public. It’s the same incredibly stupid crowd that not only elected GWB the first time, but actually re-elected the idiot a second time!

Monkei on June 4, 2008 at 9:12 AM

That would be overestimate, Monkei-boy. As for the failures of the American electorate, remember that, for all of our faults, we have sobered up by November in five of the last seven Presidential election years.

Liberal trolls might think better of harping on a “stupid voters” meme just now.

Jaibones on June 4, 2008 at 10:09 AM

Go pet your Monkei.

Jaibones on June 4, 2008 at 10:09 AM

This is only the begining of the MSM “history” meme…

After all, we have not had a black President yet… no matter what Bill Clinton said.

This is where its going to get really ugly… before it was a White woman he was running against…. another “protected” class…

Now its a White Man, so its Open season.

Romeo13 on June 4, 2008 at 10:17 AM

He could have been a half-black race-baiting empty suit from the S. Side of Chicago and he still would have been the media darling.

Whoa… That has a familiar ring to it…Doesn’t it?
Rush Limbaugh:

“I don’t think he’s been that good from the get-go. I think what we’ve had here is a little social concern in the NFL. I think the media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. They’re interested in black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well. I think there’s a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he really didn’t deserve. The defense carried this team.”

Skywise on June 4, 2008 at 10:50 AM

If we want to put the gotta-elect-the-clueless-Socialist-because-he’s-black argument to bed, how about:

Vice President Michael Steele.

Steve Z on June 4, 2008 at 9:52 AM

Now he’s a person I’d like to see get offered the position. I’ve always liked him.

4shoes on June 4, 2008 at 11:23 AM

History would be made if we actually lived up to the dream of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
Red Pill on June 4, 2008 at 9:32 AM

It would be a distraction to judge Obama on the basis of his character . . . even if you could find some.

snaggletoothie on June 4, 2008 at 11:31 AM

Liberal trolls
Jaibones on June 4, 2008 at 10:09 AM

Are showing up more and more. It almost makes it not worth coming here but that’s the plan ins’t it?

jmarcure on June 4, 2008 at 11:34 AM

they not only want to feel good about America, they want to feel good about themselves

I would be very skeptical of the former, and sadly assured of the latter.

Obama’s candidacy is about nothing but race, and the mindless narcissism he evokes in his intellectually flatlined hordes.

LimeyGeek on June 4, 2008 at 11:38 AM

was that the point?

No.

baldilocks on June 4, 2008 at 11:53 AM

In watching and reading some of the reaction, many reveled in Obama’s nomination for the same reason. They want to feel good about America rather than have an experienced nominee.

Something I’ve said all along – he’s only in this because he’s black (and because of his name). It makes all the “young voters” (read: stupid college kids) feel special, like they’re a part of something by voting for a black guy, and they’re so edgy by voting for one who’s name has so many similarities with our enemies. “Take that mom and dad! Now send me some more money, I’m out of weed!”

It may be shocking for people to hear, but Geraldine Ferraro was 100% right, and she was only echoing something Obama himself had already said (which was the disgusting part about his campaign’s feigned outrage). Bottom line, if he was just a white guy named Barry O’Reilly, no one would have ever heard of him. He wouldn’t have ridden the Trinity train in to the Illinois Senate and wouldn’t be making a mockery of the presidency as he is today, by getting a free ride based on his skin color, when he offers nothing, his supporters have absolutely no idea why they support him (unless you count his pronunciation of “change” and “hope”, which I agree are spot on), has no experience, has gaff after gaff, racist and terrorist friends, etc. Ugh. What a shame.

RightWinged on June 4, 2008 at 12:28 PM

Of course the press were self-congratulatory. Without about $2 billion in “in-kind” donations from the press (severe Obama Bias, covering flubs and constant positive coverage), Obama wouldn’t have won a fruit basket.

And Obama is about as far from a “uniter” as you can get, he’s constantly surrounded himself with racist pigs. Should he gain power, he’ll do far more harm than good.

You don’t spend your entire adult life closely associated with racists and marxists because you disagree with their ideas, and you don’t shed all that baggage just by tapping your shoes together and chanting “there’s no place like home!”

Merovign on June 4, 2008 at 12:37 PM

The victory for Mr. Obama, the son of a black Kenyan father and a white Kansan mother, broke racial barriers and represented a remarkable rise for a man who just four years ago served in the Illinois Senate. has no experience.

loganthompson on June 4, 2008 at 12:38 PM

[W]e don’t know how much Arab blood there is in his father’s tribe.

Aristotle on June 4, 2008 at 8:36 AM

Being of the same tribe, I do. There’s none. Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet.

[A]s Ward Connerly frequently notes about affirmative action, two things happen when we do this: we cheat some of our qualified candidates out of the reward for their achievement, yes, but mostly in this case we cheat ourselves out of electing the best leader. But also, we put a person into a position that they are fundamentally unprepared for. And this breeds failure where success could have been achieved with the right amount of preparation.

Jaibones on June 4, 2008 at 9:01 AM

And it causes other to doubt the abilities of competent and qualified minorities and women. And this phenomenon will be writ very large if Obama is elected. I say that after his disaster of a presidency, it will be very difficult to get another black person elected–even as a senator. And it won’t be just because of his incompetence.

[O]nly conservatives blacks are considered house slaves and Uncle Tom’s.

drjohn on June 4, 2008 at 9:29 AM

Beat me to it.

baldilocks on June 4, 2008 at 12:50 PM

If we want to put the gotta-elect-the-clueless-Socialist-because-he’s-black argument to bed, how about:

Vice President Michael Steele.

Steve Z on June 4, 2008 at 9:52 AM

Now he’s a person I’d like to see get offered the position. I’ve always liked him.

4shoes on June 4, 2008 at 11:23 AM

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…

Huckabee/Steele is a winning ticket.

Red Pill on June 4, 2008 at 4:02 PM

And it causes other to doubt the abilities of competent and qualified minorities and women.

Is that the fault of affirmative action or the fault of the bigot who made that ignorant, prejudiced judgement? There’s no excuse for declaring any successful black suspect because of AA.
That being said, this has been an enlightening thread. Obama’s nomination is a great moment in American racial history, but many of the comments here show we have a looooong ways to go.

crr6 on June 4, 2008 at 8:45 PM