Posted by PrestoPundit on 02/18/2008

each day that Barack Obama’s wife comes from the hate-America-first left.  And it’s easy to predict that Mrs. Obama will get special protection and affection from the Main Stream Media because of it.  Contrary to what some conservative talking heads are saying, I really don’t think John McCain has any clue what to do with this sort of thing — it’s completely outside of his life experience.  It isn’t as if McCain spent the central part of his young adulthood battling the hard left the way Ronald Reagan did in Hollywood.  McCain comes from an America where ideological battles and the left really didn’t exist.  Today’s university campuses are dominated by the left.  I can’t image there were any leftist at John McCain’s Naval Academy in the mid-1950s.  My sense of it is that McCain sees the left as something exotically foreign and marginal to the the American experience — a sort of weird communist alien invasion that came and went with Jane Fonda and the anti-war movement of the 1960s.  He doesn’t see his Democrat friends like Ted Kennedy and Russ Feingolds as the plodding titular heads of a left wing cultural-political movement with vast wells of power in the media, in the Universities, and in the unions.  He doesn’t see it because he doesn’t have the life experience or frame of reference to see it, to understand it.  The divide between Ronald Reagan, the conservative movement and John McCain is in large measure this enormous gap of vision.  Reagan and the conservatives over time acquired the education and the life experience to see the left for what it is.  John McCain didn’t and can’t, and he’ll be as clueless and hopeless as Bob Dole when up against it.

UPDATE:  Any chance John McCain knows who Saul Alinsky or Franz Fanon are?  They’re some of Barack Obama’s hero’s and influences, and I’m rather certain John McCain is far beyond his pay grade going up against someone with this sort of leftist background.  McCain was not a particularly able student at the Naval Academy — he graduated among the worst students at bottom of his class.  And he’s a man of the non-ideological, consensus 1950s.  McCain’s Naval education and career provide him with no conception of the ideas which inform and motivate his Ivy League leftist opponent.  This ignorance on McCain’s part won’t be an advantage in the contest ahead.

Here’s a picture of Barack Obama in Chicago teaching the principles of Saul Alinsky. Notice the flow chart indicating the flow of money and power out of productive businesses (“CORP”) and into the political class (“MAYOR”):

The heading at the top reads “POWER ANALYSIS”. The sub-heading reads “RELATIONSHIPS BUILD ON SELF INTEREST”. The symbol on the arrow between “CORP” and “MAYOR” is the “$” sign.

Malkin has the video of Mrs. Obama gesturing toward her heart and explaining how America has never been a place she’s ever felt any pride about.


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