Freddoso: Concentrate on Obama’s Leftist record

posted at 12:10 pm on August 4, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

David Freddoso argues against the notion that Barack Obama lacks a track record, and says Republicans have missed the mark in arguing his inexperience. In his new book The Case Against Barack Obama, Freddoso says that Obama needs to run on the notion that he has no track record, because an examination of his actual work would reveal himself as a hard-Left idealogue instead of a reformer. Politico takes a look at Freddoso’s work:

The first serious negative biography of Senator Barack Obama casts the Democratic nominee as a fake reformer and a real liberal.

“The Case Against Barack Obama,” by National Review’s David Freddoso, blasts Obama for failing to take on the Chicago machine, for listening to “radical advisors,” and for backing “doctrinaire liberal” causes from teachers unions to abortion rights. …

Freddoso’s book, released today by the conservative publishing house Regnery and provided exclusively to Politico by the publisher, occupies a small island in the often-shrill sea of criticism of Obama. As a range of conservatives suggest that Obama is a closet radical, and as McCain’s campaign aims to disqualify him from the White House on the grounds of his international fame, Freddoso makes a case that conservatives should look at the presumptive Democratic nominee’s record.

His thesis: “It’s not that Obama is a bad person. It’s just that he’s like all the rest of them. Not a reformer. Not a Messiah. Just like all the rest of them in Washington. And just like all the other liberals too.”

Freddoso, who writes at National Review, has done extensive research into Barack Obama’s political activities before hitting the national scene at the 2004 Democratic Convention. Obama, he says, is a Daley machine politician, one who avoided efforts at reform that would have damaged that machine.

He specifies one instance in particular, a battle over the presidency of the Cook County Board, which helps operate the machine’s patronage operation. Obama refused to take sides in the battle, effectively kneecapping a reform effort intended to clean up politics in Chicago. Instead, incumbent John Stroger kept his job, and Obama’s silence helped maintain the patronage system.

The GOP needs to make these actual activities by Obama the centerpiece of their criticism, and not Obama’s lack of substance. The latter has only ambiguous value for an electorate looking for change, but not looking for a shift to the hard Left. The more immoderate Obama looks, the more McCain can capture the middle and derail Obama’s cult of personality.

David Freddoso will appear on The Ed Morrissey Show on Thursday afternoon, live, to discuss this book. I have my copy of the book already — it’s out today — and I’ll be reading it this week in advance of the interview. If you’d like to get ahead of the curve as well, order the book now.


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Interesting.
The US News Media doesn’t cover it.
The RNC doesn’t cover it.

I think there are too many people holding jobs, making money and producing next to Nothing in this country.

bridgetown on August 4, 2008 at 12:21 PM

Two-fist it, I say: he’s woefully inexperienced to hold the Presidency, but what little experience he does have reveals him to be a “hard-Left idealogue.”

It’s the truth in any case.

Citizen Duck on August 4, 2008 at 12:22 PM

would reveal himself as a hard-Left idealogue instead of a reformer.

I’m surprised!

sarc/

Mcguyver on August 4, 2008 at 12:22 PM

Socialist, socialist, socialist, socialist, socialist, socialist, socialist, socialist, socialist, socialist, socialist, socialist, socialist….

Repeat, repeat, repeat…

DerKrieger on August 4, 2008 at 12:26 PM

I’ve known from the beginning exactly what and who the Big “O” is made of.

I made, printed and put this small poster on the inside passengers side window of my van a couple of weeks ago.

So far no one has tried to smash my widow to take it out. Yet.

1GooDDaDDy on August 4, 2008 at 12:26 PM

The first serious negative biography of Senator Barack Obama casts the Democratic nominee as a fake reformer and a real liberal.

Corsi’s book is already out.

Akzed on August 4, 2008 at 12:27 PM

1GooDDaDDy on August 4, 2008 at 12:26 PM

That’s funny! I bet most people don’t understand it, though~

bridgetown on August 4, 2008 at 12:28 PM

He specifies one instance in particular, a battle over the presidency of the Cook County Board, which helps operate the machine’s patronage operation. Obama refused to take sides in the battle, effectively kneecapping a reform effort intended to clean up politics in Chicago. Instead, incumbent John Stroger kept his job, and Obama’s silence helped maintain the patronage system.

Seriously, if that’s the best the book has, the current strategy is much more effective. An inexperienced first-term Senator with a radical background and a Messianic complex.

TheBigOldDog on August 4, 2008 at 12:29 PM

This is going to hurt Obama, big time!

Right_of_Attila on August 4, 2008 at 12:29 PM

David Freddoso argues against the notion that Barack Obama lacks a track record, and says Republicans have missed the mark in arguing his inexperience.

In matters of foreign policy and war, I think it’s appropriate to argue Obama’s lack of experience. Freddoso’s point seems to be more in the domestic policy arena. Obama is a classic Ivy league leftist intellectual — raise taxes, bring people together, and we too can bring forth a socialist utopia on Earth. A bright light needs to be shined on Obama’s associations with radicals and his own radical leftist beliefs. I hope McCain will do it or, if he won’t, that someone will!

Outlander on August 4, 2008 at 12:29 PM

Barry just doubled-down on hard leftism today. Looks like his adventure in pandering to the middle is over.

forest on August 4, 2008 at 12:30 PM

1GooDDaDDy on August 4, 2008 at 12:26 PM

Nice. Thanks for the new desktop.

Akzed on August 4, 2008 at 12:30 PM

How could anyone doubt BHO’s leftist tendencies, given the friends and family that surround him? But he is very inexperienced, too.

progressoverpeace on August 4, 2008 at 12:31 PM

That’s funny! I bet most people don’t understand it, though~
bridgetown on August 4, 2008 at 12:28 PM

Thanks. I thought about that angle.

I only deal with people for an intelligent debate.

If they don’t get it they’ve already lost that debate in my eyes.

Over.

1GooDDaDDy on August 4, 2008 at 12:32 PM

He specifies one instance in particular, a battle over the presidency of the Cook County Board, which helps operate the machine’s patronage operation. Obama refused to take sides in the battle, effectively kneecapping a reform effort intended to clean up politics in Chicago. Instead, incumbent John Stroger kept his job, and Obama’s silence helped maintain the patronage system.

And later on, when Stroger became too ill to lead, the mantle of power in Cook County was placed on his son, Todd, who is now nothing more than a figurehead puppet to the real leader of Cook County, Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago.

Oh, since Todd has been “County Board President”, among his “accomplishments” he has ushered in the largest sales tax of any county in THE NATION.

We actually have people who live in Cook County who will drive out to the other counties to make basic purchases because they can’t afford the sales tax. Businesses within Chicago are hurting and some stores are even closing as a result.

Plus there are some towns within the county like Bensenville and Palatine who are talking about seceding from the county due to total mismanagement and political corruption.

But this doesn’t phase Todd Stroger in the least, who recently said, despite calls from county residents to have him impeached, that as far as he was concerned, as “County Board President”, he was doing a “damned good job”.

Maybe the people of Cook County would like to thank the person who was actually responsible for all of this mess, namely B.O.

pilamaye on August 4, 2008 at 12:34 PM

The author here is correct when he says revealing Obama’s hardball politics helps convert Obamaniacs. I’ve had the experience personally of describing how Obama won his first primary campaign for the Illinois Senate — by filing lawsuits to successfully disqualify every other candidate’s ballot petition. Even hard-core Obama fans have to admit that this is not idealism, but bare-knuckles politics. It’s worthwhile keeping some examples handy.

Beyond that, though, a number of us have been emphasizing Obama’s hard-left ideology for months already.

Read this post for information about his early life. Follow the links.

Read this post for information about his career before joining the Senate. Follow the links.

Read this collection for more detail about Obama’s past political activities.

philwynk on August 4, 2008 at 12:43 PM

They also need to examine his upbringing as an unrepentent Anti-American/Pro-Jihadi Marxist Muslim who practices “Taqiya“. Obama, the new Messiah, (PBUH)(SAW)(SWT)

Dale in Atlanta on August 4, 2008 at 12:45 PM

I remember in 1988 when Mike Dukakis looked all nice and shiny and it even looked like he was doing a great job in Massachusetts. Then gradually the information started dribbling out about how liberal he really was, and in the debates he just hung himself. I see the same thing happening with Barack Obama. Some conservatives seem to be despairing that it is “too late” to get the truth out about Obama’s radical leftist history, but it isn’t. Most of America is on vacation now and not paying attention.

rockmom on August 4, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Obama is utterly drenched in leftist thinking, from his mother to Hawaii to Occidental College to Columbia U to Harvard to South Side Chicago community organizer to Rev. Wright to Bill Ayers to his voting record in the State and US Senates to his current policy positions at his campaign website issues page. And did I mention, he’s green?

Paul-Cincy on August 4, 2008 at 12:49 PM

Its more important to burst the Obamessiah balloon first before presenting the ‘real’ person. If the grassfire component to Obama’s personality is allowed to take form in the general election as it did in the primaries McCain has no chance to fight the flames. No amount of negative adjectives about how liberal Obama is would work in that context. Hillary used this playbook too . . . present Obama as an empty suit, and THEN go after his distance from real voters. Actually that strategy worked but was employed about two months too late. Even so, Hillary nearly pulled it off.

Right now McCain is firing missiles through Obama’s messianic balloon at the appropriate time. Later I’ll wager the McCain campaign starts putting teeth into why we should all REALLY be afraid of voting in a leftist radical . . . right after the conventions.

JonPrichard on August 4, 2008 at 12:52 PM

I remember in 1988 when Mike Dukakis looked all nice and shiny *** and in the debates he just hung himself. I see the same thing happening with Barack Obama.
rockmom on August 4, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Only problem is, how is Obama going to “hang himself” in the debates? Obama only agreed to three moderated debates. I can’t find out who is moderating the debates this year, but I can’t believe the Obama camp would permit anyone other than NBC or CBS to do it. Obama can read canned answers about hope and change until the cows come home. Obama only screws up when he gets a tough question or has to vary off his messaging points.

Outlander on August 4, 2008 at 12:59 PM

JonPrichard on August 4, 2008 at 12:52 PM

And some people said that his campaign was faltering, directionless and going nowhere. Maybe McCain knows that this is a marathon, and he’s planning it out as such.

wise_man on August 4, 2008 at 1:02 PM

Read this article by Stanley Kurtz at the Weekly Standard for a full, in-depth review of Obama’s Illinois political career. Obama does have a record; he just really, really, REALLY doesn’t want you to know about it.

NeighborhoodCatLady on August 4, 2008 at 1:03 PM

And in their desperation, they turned to a man they didn’t fully understand.

== from The Dark Knight

jeff_from_mpls on August 4, 2008 at 1:07 PM

I’m not very friendly to National Review lately, so just color me skeptical about someone who went to Columbia and whose daddy blogs about him.

BigD on August 4, 2008 at 1:24 PM

August is a great time for humorous ads. Save the serious economics for the fall. Making Bambam look like a fluff leading up the to lunacy of the convention, and then afterwards hit hard on how wacked-out he really is.

pedestrian on August 4, 2008 at 1:30 PM

Argue against Obama’s ideas, not his personality or the fawning over him, and he will fall far and fast. Exactly what I have been saying for months.

JDPerren on August 4, 2008 at 1:35 PM

Guys, it isn’t even September yet. Nobody has missed the chance to do anything at this

DaveS on August 4, 2008 at 2:03 PM

um… point.

DaveS on August 4, 2008 at 2:03 PM

The more immoderate Obama looks, the more McCain can capture the middle and derail Obama’s cult of personality.

As one who is not a strong McCain supporter, this is the case I made for the validity of his candidacy several times here. I don’t have to like it, but there it is.

Connie on August 4, 2008 at 2:07 PM

Bringing up Ahh … aahhh … Obama’s past ‘accomplishments’ in October would destroy his chances. He would end his run playng defence against … himself!

DannoJyd on August 4, 2008 at 2:14 PM

NeighborhoodCatLady on August 4, 2008 at 1:03 PM

Read this article by Stanley Kurtz at the Weekly Standard

Good article. It shows Obama’s record favoring set-asides for minority contractors, affirmative action, his anti-profiling law, his opposition to new prisons, his explicit desire that the black community stick together. There’s a picture draw of an obligation he feels to the black community. Part of liberal politics is aligning yourself with a group, and that’s his group. It’s not the aligning with a group that I object to so much as the liberal ideology that’s behind it. Identity politics is a symptom of a liberal worldview.

Paul-Cincy on August 4, 2008 at 2:19 PM

They also need to examine his upbringing as an unrepentent Anti-American/Pro-Jihadi Marxist Muslim who practices “Taqiya“. Obama, the new Messiah, (PBUH)(SAW)(SWT)

Dale in Atlanta on August 4, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Don’t forget he also practices the Law of Abrogation! His latest self-contradiction is what he has always said, despite his earlier words having had the force of a rising god when they were first uttered.

Maquis on August 4, 2008 at 2:35 PM

Only problem is, how is Obama going to “hang himself” in the debates? Obama only agreed to three moderated debates. I can’t find out who is moderating the debates this year, but I can’t believe the Obama camp would permit anyone other than NBC or CBS to do it. Obama can read canned answers about hope and change until the cows come home. Obama only screws up when he gets a tough question or has to vary off his messaging points.

Outlander on August 4, 2008 at 12:59 PM

It only took ONE debate in 2000 for Al Gore to sigh his way out of the election. It only took one debate for John Kerry to declare we needed a “global test.’ It only took one debate for Gerald Ford to liberate Eastern Europe. It only took one debate for Mike Dukakis to say he would not execute a man who killed his wife.

Saturday Night Live returns in September.

rockmom on August 4, 2008 at 3:03 PM