Friday, August 29, 2008

The Most Encouraging Suggestion

Greg Sheridan in The Australian.
Barack Obama is a fraud. But he is a very familiar kind of fraud: a politician pretending to be something he's not. He is not the post-partisan, post-ideological seeker of a new politics and leader of a broad social movement to redeem the soul of America.

Rather, he is a brilliantly gifted, traditional, self-seeking politician who has sought for a long time to get to the top. He is also a traditional left-liberal, obsessed, at least in his public life, with race. He has built the momentum of his campaign on the most dubious basis that can exist in a democracy for garnering political support, racial identity.

But if he wins the US election in November, as he well might, he will have a chance to be a good president. The ruthlessness of his politics is the most encouraging suggestion that a desire to be re-elected will keep him near the middle ground.
That was my impression as I read Jerome Corsi's The Obama Nation. On the one hand, he has all these far-left influences. On the other hand, he's a protégé of Mayor Daley. The first fact worries; the second reassures.