Posted by PrestoPundit on 02/20/2008

at least for me, is the huge and deceptive gap between his captivating oratory and his actual views.” — Robert Samuelson on Barack Obama.  More:

If you examine [Obama’s] agenda, it is completely ordinary, highly partisan,
not candid and mostly unresponsive to many pressing national problems ..

A favorite Obama line is that he will tell “the American people not
just what they want to hear but what we need to know.” Well, he hasn’t
so far ..

He has run on the vague promise of “change,” but on issue after issue
— immigration, the economy, global warming — he has offered
boilerplate policies that evade the underlying causes of the
stalemates ..

The contrast between [Obama’s] broad rhetoric and his narrow agenda is stark,
and yet the media .. have treated his invocation of “change” as a serious idea rather than a
shallow campaign slogan. He seems to have hypnotized much of the media
and the public with his eloquence and the symbolism of his life story.
The result is a mass delusion that Obama is forthrightly engaging the
nation’s major problems when, so far, he isn’t.


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