We all know of people
who make strange choices, but what about those who make self-defeating
choices over and over and over again, so magnetized are they by spouses
(and others) who are bad for them? The woman who marries a drunk, then a
gambler, then a philanderer – the man who marries a gold digger, then a
nag, then an iceberg.
Time after time, this
type ends up with a variation on an off-note theme, while friends and
colleagues shake their heads and remark, "But he’s so smart…she’s so
That seems to be the
universal reaction to last week’s near-implosion of Sen. Barack Obama
presidential campaign, which left him the daunting challenge of
explaining to a mystified electorate why his soft-spoken, non-combative,
let’s-get-beyond-race-and-anger agenda has been threatened-cum-sabotaged
by the people he is most attracted to.
His archrival Hillary
doesn’t have this problem. After decades in the public eye, the
electorate is never surprised to learn about yet another unsavory
character, shady deal, or questionable legality.
But the seemingly
idealistic Obama – who says he stands for "hope” and "change” – has now
run into a firewall of opposition. Why?
Who Hates Obama?
Not the American
electorate, which in caucuses and primaries over the last many months
has awarded him a majority of popular and electoral votes.
Not young people, ages
18 to 45, who have turned out in unprecedented numbers – into the
multimillions – to register to vote and who have actually voted for him!
This is remarkable given that in every election cycle Democrats have
spent zillions to get out the youth vote, but always failed.
Not Independent voters
who are turning out in record number to vote for the Illinois senator.
Not the leftwing media
whose members have embraced his candidacy with both giddy enthusiasm and
Not moneybags (like
George Soros) and the Socialist and Marxist campus intellectuals who
have jumped on the Obamessiah bandwagon.
So Who Does Hate
Which people have so
drastically derailed the Obama juggernaut over the past few weeks? We
would never have known about any of them if the liberal media had been
successful in concealing what they’ve known for years. Thanks only to
conservative journalists and pundits were these liberal shills dragged
kicking and screaming out of their closets and forced to expose the
other "close” relationships Obama has had in both his personal and
Exhibit No. 2 (No. 1 to
follow): None other than Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the man Obama has
considered for over 20 years his trusted and valued "friend” and
As Ben Wallace-Wells
reminds us in Rolling Stone, Obama chose this minister and his
church very carefully. He "could have picked any church – the spare,
spiritual places in Hyde Park, the awesome pomp and procession of the
cathedrals downtown. He could have picked a mosque, for that matter, or
even a synagogue. Obama chose Trinity United. He picked Jeremiah
Wright. Obama writes in his autobiography that on the day he chose this
church, he felt the spirit of black memory and history moving through
Wright, and `felt for the first time how that spirit carried within it,
nascent, incomplete, the possibility of moving beyond our narrow
That was then. Last
week, Rev. Wright – bristling at the young upstart’s audacity to go
public in distancing himself from his pastor’s egregious anti-American,
anti-Semitic, and blatantly racist pronouncements – seized the moment of
Obama’s upcoming primaries in Indiana and North Carolina to speak his
mind to PBS’s Bill Moyers and the National Press Club. As Daniel
Henninger noted in the Wall St. Journal, "the angry and antic prophet
Jeremiah rose to smite him.”
The result: effectively
to implant Obama’s feet in concrete, the better to deep-six his chance
to win the presidency.
The day after Wright’s
sabotage, Newt Gingrich told an interviewer that the recently- retired
leader of Chicago’s Trinity Church
"went out of his way to weaken Obama...I
think Reverend Wright has a greater interest in his self-importance."
But Geoffrey P. Hunt of The American Thinker
thought otherwise. It was "for a more cynical reason than
ego-preservation...[but for] keeping the pledge payments flowing and
collection plates full. Wright's root agenda, in perfect alignment with
the far-left Democratic Party politics of indignation, has been to
capitalize on the misfortunes of others, to stoke both race and class
resentment, offer a platform and voice pipe for the permanently
aggrieved all to fill his own coffers.”
"worst nightmare,” Hunt adds, "would be Barack Obama as
raison d'etre would evaporate.”
Now for Exhibit No. 1:
Michelle, who told a crowd in Milwaukee,
the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country.” Michelle
also poured out how "bitter” she was toward America in her Princeton
thesis. And proving that an acid nature doesn’t sweeten over time, she
told one interviewer that Obama
"had bad breath in the
morning,” and informed the
crowd at a fundraiser
in Feb. 2007: "I have some difficulty reconciling the
two images I have of Barack Obama. There's the phenomenon…and then
there's the Barack Obama that lives with me in my house, and that guy's
a little less impressive."
I think it’s safe to say that Exhibit No. 1 and Exhibit 2 –
the two most powerfully influential people in Obama’s life – are not on
Okay, you may say,
everyone has a few bad apples in their "circles.” A few maybe, but not a
We have also learned of Obama’s not-so-casual relationship
with the indicted Chicago "fixer” Tony Rezko, and a laundry list of
associates who openly hate America, among them domestic terrorist
William Ayers, and the official blogger of his campaign,
Then there are the
America-hating groups and people who endorsed him:
Black Panther Party, and the Marxist president of Venezuela, Hugo
Ortega, as well as Obama fundraiser Rashid Khalidi, a "confessed
domestic terrorist,” according to Aaron Klein.
Why is it
that the mild-mannered, seemingly non-combative Obama is attracted to
such a large number of America haters? And why does he inspire them to
give him their passionate allegiance, their enthusiastic endorsements,
and their barrels full of money?
A caller to a radio show recently theorized that mixed-race
"mulattos" like Obama are resentful that while they're half-white, they
always come out black. They can never take advantage of their white half
because while the black community accepts them, the white community
I’d say this is a legitimate reason for anger, probably the
same rage that fuels Rev. Wright, given that he is clearly of "mixed”
The result, others theorize, is anger at the white parent
(or grandparent) – or their symbols, like big bad America – which is
probably why Obama wrote in his book
Dreams of My Father:
"I ceased to
advertise my mother’s race at the age of 12 or 13, which I began to
suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites.”
When he was questioned
about Rev. Wright’s racist statements, Obama initially replied:
"I can no more
disown [him] than I can disown my white grandmother, a woman who helped
raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who
loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who
once confessed her fear of black men who passed her by on the street,
and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic
stereotypes that made me cringe.”
Asked to explain this
totally weird comparison – 20 years of hearing his pastor’s racist rants
vs. his grandmother’s one-time confession – Obama replied that his
grandmother was a "typical white person.”
defends the indefensible, embraces those who say the indefensible, and
trashes the people who love him.
Why? Because the
indefensible crowd speaks for him! It is not in Obama’s nature to be
aggressive and confrontational, insulting or hurtful, vicious or
adversarial. But all of these traits are clearly in his heart and soul
and psyche! Why else would he defend them?
Obama is a typical
passive-aggressive personality who pretends to be a nice guy by using
fuzzy language and a let’s-all-get-together mantra to seduce his
acolytes, but who relies on his surrogates – wifey, minister, terrorist
endorsements, et al – to express his real agenda, i.e., getting back!
But getting back at whom?
My theory is that Obama
wants to "get back” at all those evil capitalists and racist entities
that robbed his Marxist mother, father, and stepfather of the respect he
thought they deserved. According to the writer Spengler in a riveting
L.A. Times article, both his wife and mother "reveal his secret:
he hates America.”
He Hates America?
That’s crazy, you may
say. But it does raise the question of how anyone could love this
country and want what both Obama and Hillary – with few variations –
▪ A white-flag
surrender in Iraq and de facto capitulation to the radical Islamists
intent on destroying our way of life. Obama even told the AP that,
genocide is not a sufficient reason to keep American troops in Iraq.”
nomination of federal, appellate, and Supreme Court judges who will
legislate from the bench and are in line with his stated philosophy that
the U.S. Constitution is a "living document” that must be interpreted in
the context of the times.
▪ Weakening America’s military, including,
other things, making defense cuts during war time, cutting spending on
national missile defense, refusing to weaponize space, slowing
development of future combat systems, and seeking a "world without
▪ Maintaining his
100-percent approval rating from NARAL by supporting abortion on demand
with the same vigor he opposed notifying parents of minors who get
out-of-state abortions and the ban on partial birth abortions.
▪ Handing $845 billion
of U.S. taxpayer money to other nations to realize his Global Poverty
▪ Pushing for sky-high
▪ Adding nearly $900
billion to the budget of new, big-government programs over his first
term in office.
▪ Supporting de facto
amnesty for illegal aliens, as well as awarding them drivers’ licenses,
welfare, Medicaid and participation in Social Security.
▪ Continued opposition
to making English our national language.
▪ Across-the-board gun
▪ Spending billions on
the colossal hoax known as man-made global warming.
Come to think of it,
the political philosophies of both Obama and Hillary echo those of all
lefties. But where were all these like-minded people when Obama was
flailing last week, desperately trying to stanch his fast-ebbing support
in Indiana and North Carolina?
In an ominous report,
Daniel Henninger remarked: "At Barack Obama's darkest hour, not one
prominent ally came forward to support him. Everyone abandoned
"No prominent black
clergyman came forth…[but] Rev. Wright, now written off as a virtual nut
case, got more support from black clergymen than did Obama.”
His famous endorsers
vanished from the scene. Henninger lists them: Jesse Jackson, Ted
Kennedy, Oprah, John Kerry, Chris Dodd, Patrick Leahy, Tom Daschle, Amy
Klobuchar, Claire McCaskill, Jay Rockefeller, John Lewis, Toni Morrison,
Roger Wilkins, Eric Holder, Robert Reich, Ted Sorenson, Alice Walker,
David Wilhelm, Cornel West, Clifford Alexander, Donald McHenry, Patricia
Wald, Newton Minow/
No big-city mayors in
Obama’s camp spoke out in his defense: Chicago's Richard Daley,
Cleveland's Frank Reynolds, Atlanta's Shirley Franklin, Washington's
Adrian Fenty, Newark's Cory Booker, Baltimore's Sheila Dixon.
"Any major op-ed page
would have stopped the presses to print a statement of support from Ted
Kennedy or such for the senator,” Henninger says. "None appeared.”
that, "Everyone has become used to watching celebrity stars and athletes
take it in the neck on their own. Even someone running for the nation's
presidency looks like just another personal crack-up.”
But To The Point’s Dr.
Jack Wheeler explains it better.
you could bring the playwrights of Ancient Greece – Sophocles,
Aeschylus, Euripides, Aristophanes – from 5th century Athens to watch
the Democrat primary race of today, they would recognize it
instantly. It is a perfect Greek tragedy...nothing could be more
blindingly obvious…any possible hope of Obama being elected president of
the United States has been obliterated by his madman pastor.”
I still think that
Obama will win the nomination. And I still hope America is smart enough
not to elect him. This ambitious young man needs a few more years
to plumb and purge his rage-infested psyche, get rid of the
people-baggage who continue to sabotage him, read up on American
history, and move to the middle.
Then we’ll talk!