I have decided that I am going to support Barack Obama in his campaign for POTUS. I like his outlook, I like his ideas, and I think he will choose good people to work with. The third part is the most important to me. Having smart, well-trained people in the right spots makes all the difference in the world. FEMA, anyone? It would be the polar opposite of the barrel of monkeys that GWB has running the circus.
There are a couple of memes being spread about Mr. Obama by the right-wing noise machine.
The first is that he is “too inexperienced“. Malarkey. Everyone, right and left, says that “politics as usual” would (and is) a bad thing in Washington. So how do you expect an insider to change it? Politicians don’t get to know the ropes and then change them, they become assimilated, entrenched, and dependent on the current system. Let some new eyes look at the problems. As Obama says “I’ve been there long enough to know it needs to change”.
The second is (and there will be more variations than the current ones) that he is just flash and no substance. Expect tired variations on old stereotypes like he is just a smooth talking huckster and probably a few veiled versions of him being “uppity”. I can feel it coming the same way I can when the rednecks I work with lower their voices and glance over their shoulders. It’s not really prognostication on my part, it’s just Republicans being themselves. How else does one preserve the rich, white, christian male power structure?