I have left routine political commentary to others, who are better qualified to do it and better at it. The routine of politics is not all that interesting to me. Presidential elections just reflect the shifting hopes and fears of the undifferentiated masses, as they shift from one concern to another.
Barack Obama is different however. He is a genuine Popular front fellow traveler. Often compared to George McGovern but Henry Wallace is more appropriate. There’s no Soviet Union to fellow travel with any more but there are plenty of other left wing poster children for him.
I don’t have anything against Obama personally. He’s a simple left wing snake oil seller, and there are plenty of politicians like him from liberal constituencies. He should have ended his career as the Senator from Daley, but his intense ambition and the workings of fate have him the likely next president.
The good people of the Silent Majority will be quickly shocked and appalled at what they have done, but by then it will be too late. Obama is not a leader, not a craftsman of legislation or a builder of alliances. He won’t be able to run the Democratic party or push through an agenda. The hyenas of the left will overreach themselves, as well as any other ambitious or power hungry elements of the left.
Even so he will be able to stock the Justice Department with left wing lawyers who will use their offices to attack any opponent, even some Democrats, and punish dissent. He’ll withdraw the military and let various adversaries expand their power unchecked.
Setting aside predictions, the strange and fearful thing is the cult which has arisen around the man. The enthusiasm is overwhelming. The elites are very, very invested in the man, without any logical reason for this. McCain is very much a creature of the establishment, and would be easily controlled by them, but is not of them. Obama is too a creature of the establishment, but left of the elite consensus and not really in their control. Right now the influence follows the cult, or the enthusiasm, and influences them, not the other way around. Maybe they feel they *have* to go along with it, which would explain the aquiesence of the Republican elite.
There is much more to be said about this, probably not by me, but who knows. I will say the Obama after the election will be a lot different that what we have now. I predict, there will be victory riots, like when an NBA team wins a championship. (Is that racist? Yes.) There will be a great rush for power, and Obama will not handle it too well. David Axelrod has run this like his TV show, “The West Wing”, but governing is not a TV show. The people will develop buyer’s remorse pretty quickly, but to what extent the media will protect him I can’t say. They will need to take him down a notch, to show him who’s boss. Bill Clinton handled this fairly well, but Obama is not Bill Clinton. A small amount of critical press could do him a lot of damage.
To close I will say this does not reflect the failure of Bush, although he has failed, as much as a fundamental change in the nature of American society. More and more Americans work in law, government, education, human resources, and health care, and these are all bastions of therapeutic liberalism. The conservative mentality has been eclipsed, and thus conservatism must be also.