A) The media was sooooo on his side
He barely beat Hillary C) what "potshots"?
(A) Actually I don't think the media was particularly unfair to either side. Remember when everyone was talking about how Hillary was an "inevitability"? Was that the media being on Barack's side?
( It was definitely a close primary, but so what? My point is that he not only ran against the Clintons, but he actually managed to win. That is no small feat.
(C) Right-wing pundits and talking heads were trumping up the Jeremiah Wright issue, and also fueled the "Obama as a celebrity" meme. But I recall that as soon as Obama actually started looking like a possible winner, they started taking whatever easy shots came their way (i.e. would rally their base and not cause too much potential backlash with moderates).
oh, and he voted to teach sex ed to kindergartners.
Are you serious? This has been demonstrated to be false. [url=http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/off_base_on_sex_ed.html]http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/off_base_on_sex_ed.html[/url]
The only evidence of him accomplishing anything as a community
organizer is him saying over and over agaid that he learned from that
I have a question: what would it take for you to feel that he - or anyone, for that matter - has "accomplished something" as a community organizer? Should he parade all the kids and families he helped across the national stage? At his campaign stops, do you think people want to hear him going on and on about how he helped particular families in Chicago, or do you think they want to hear about his plans for governmental reform?
How many commenters here actually think they could *get into* Harvard Law?
I bet Obama wouldn't have either without affirmative action on his side
So, there are two major issues with your statement:
1. Do you have any evidence whatsoever that he was admitted because of affirmative action? If not, then your statement is borderline racist (and that is being generous). I personally am not a fan of affirmative action, but I am also a minority. My wife is a female engineer. We both know the arguments for and against quota systems, but one of the biggest arguments against them is people like you, who will make baseless assertions that a minority could only have been admitted to an Ivy because of affirmative action, or that a female engineer could only have been promoted because she is a woman.
2. If it is indeed true that he was only admitted to Harvard because of the color of his skin, then it seems to be a fairly compelling argument *in favor* of affirmative action. If someone who is so obviously gifted in legal studies and oratory can only get in to Harvard Law via affirmative action, then imagine how many bright people would be excluded without it.
He wants to "make government cool again"?
Actually, I think the crux of the vision is to motivate Americans to go back out into their communities and take an active interest and role in defining what works and doesn't work for our democracy. There are more and more grassroots efforts on both sides of the aisle (c.f. Ron Paul supporters). Online discussions like this are part of it, but face-to-face interactions are much better. People will always have differing viewpoints, but only if we have a foundation of strong communities will we be able to actually discuss those differences in a civil and productive forum. Without that, then we are really reduced to "horse race" or "spectator sports" style of political theater.
When Obama talks about restoring the promise of government, he does not mean that he wants a government bureaucrat scrutinizing everyone's health records. He means that people across the board have been so disheartened by the failures of the last 8 years and the bitter partisanship of the last two decades that they need to be reminded that this *is* a government *of* the people, and we all have to do our part to make our democracy strong. Venting about latte-sipping East Coast baby-killing homosexual liberals doesn't advance policy one bit. It is counter-producive to lampoon all conservatives as Jeebus-praising gay-bashing young earth creationists awaiting the Rapture. What we need in this country is real dialogue about the issues, about politics, about economic and political theory, and about what things we can do to insure that the democratic process actually works moving forward. *That's* a vision that some people this election cycle are buying into. Others - perhaps too hardened in their ways - are just dishing out more of the same.