Perusing over reports of Barack Obama’s latest gaffe this morning made me wonder. Does he wake up in the morning with the singular thought “which new segment of America can I alienate and offend today?” I thought Howie “I Have A Scream” Dean had that market cornered. Perhaps I should rethink my Democratic Party hierarchy.
In the beginning of this seemingly endless presidential campaign season, Obama could say nothing wrong. His soaring rhetoric seemed to begin with his 2004 DNC speech and continue forth without error through the 2008 race. People were drawn to him. Women fainted. Change was in the air.
One of the most important requirements of a successful campaign is to have a candidate who is able to function effectively without the performance enhancers such as teleprompters. It is in such circumstance the American people get a glimpse of what the candidate actually thinks, believes, and feels. Gone is the ability for political handlers to whisper in a candidate’s ear or put words into his or her mouth.
Simply put, dear reader, if Barack Obama’s campaign ends up imploding in a fashion similar to that of Howie Dean’s, the reason for his failure will be found in his inability to effectively communicate without the use of a Teleprompter. Some examples:
Speaking on the ever radioactive issue of birth control, Obama stated he didn’t want his daughters “punished with a baby” . I’m pretty sure that wasn’t part of his prepared remarks.
Most recently, during an April 6 fundraiser in San Francisco, Obama opined on the reasons why some Pennsylvania voters are bitter:
You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
HuffPo has the audio. Listen to the whole thing.
Barack Obama has gone to great lengths in this campaign to paint himself as a moderate democrat capable of bringing change to America. Until recently he was able to maintain this carefully crafted faÃ§ade by running a tightly campaign which gave him a script which he stuck to â€“ for the most part. This worked fine when he had to share the stage, spotlight, and scrutiny with several hundred other candidates. Now everybody but Hillary has left the stage. Hillary’s skeletons are well known. Barack’s are just beginning to exit the closet.
The unscripted Barack Obama gives a glimpse as to what his default settings really are. He’s a hard left radical â€“ the latest in a long line of Democratic candidates who believe socialism is the answer even though its failed every time its tried.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to get to a church meeting after which I’m having my Ford Mustang fitted with a gun rack for my Remington shotgun and my Desert Eagle 50.
Me? Bitter? Never.
Here endeth the lesson.