The Reclusive Leftist has an intriguing series called “If you vote for Obama this is what you’re voting for.” So far the series has 11 “reminders.”
This Link will take you to all of them except for #6. Click here for that one.
The latest (#11) covers the names being bandied about as being on Obama’s short list for cabinet and SCOTUS positions. Oy.
Incompetent Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is on the short list for Attorney General, which makes me wonder if Obama and Patrick chipped in together for some kind of package deal with Axelrod. Obama’s entire propaganda line (hope and change, etc.) was an ad campaign dreamed up by Axelrod and first used by Patrick. Obama bought the whole shtick second-hand — even the text of the speeches — and we can only hope he got a good used-car price on the deal. I see no earthly reason for Patrick to be in an Obama administration, unless maybe that was in the fine print back when Obama purchased the rights to Patrick’s speeches.
But the number one pick for Attorney General isn’t Deval Patrick, but Virginia Governor Tim Kaine. That’s right, Tim Kaine: the pro-life, anti-abortion, pro-abstinence-education Tim Kaine. For Attorney General. Hey, you Stockholm Syndrome ladies over at NOW — are you paying attention? Maybe ask the patriarchy to adjust the duct tape so you can see better, ‘kay?
The Supreme Court short list includes Deval Patrick again (definitely some kind of package deal thing there), but the most terrifying possibility, and the real front-runner, is Cass Sunstein. Sunstein is an intellectual trainwreck of a man who is notorious for defending President Bush’s right to torture, imprison, and spy on anydamnbody he wants to with impunity.
Number 10 starts with the Bobby Kennedy smear, and then touches on all the smears of the Obama campaign during the primary.
Obama’s team pushed the RFK smear aggressively, just as they had pushed all the other smears against Hillary: the Somali garb smear, the Muslim smear, the darkening of Obama’s photo smear, the Bosnia smear, the fairytale smear, the MLK/LBJ smear, and on and on and on. The Obama machine functioned smoothly in all its parts, from campaign headquarters to media outlets, from netroots astroturfers to hysterical commenters shrieking for blood. They’d done it all before, but the RFK business ratcheted things up to a new level. The public hatred of Hillary reached a fever pitch. The sheer noise drowned out all rational speech. And the Obama camp’s cynical exploitation of race, history, and our nation’s tragedies made it virtually a thought-crime to point out that the whole thing was a put-up job — not to mention that if anyone was playing the role of Bobby Kennedy in this election, it was Hillary herself.
People who had been watching the race closely (as opposed to watching Obama campaign ads and gazing adoringly at copies of Dreams of My Father) already understood that behind the “hope and change” propaganda, the Obama folks were hard-core Chicago machine types, experts in dirty politics, ruthless and utterly without scruple. About as far from “a new kind of politics” as you could possibly get. But even so, the RFK smear was eye-opening.
This alone would have been enough to turn my heart stone-cold toward Barack Obama. Aside from all his flip-flops (FISA, public financing, et al), the smears against the Clintons and Hillary’s supporters were unconscionable, and not something to which I could ever give my approval or think of condoning with my vote. Worse yet, we hear Obama, who has willingly allowed all of this to go on in his campaign, NOW saying that he did once admire John McCain – in 2000 – when he [McCain] ran a “clean” campaign against George W. Bush. He thinks McCain has run a “dirty” campaign? Wow. Is this the pot calling the kettle black? (Am I a racist for using that age-old adage?) Frankly, I’m amazed that the RNC has’t been running Reverend “God Damn Ameri-k-k-k-a” Wright ads 24/7. Frankly, it’s what I expected from the Republicans (based on past history). If John McCain were running those sorts of ads, I might consider that he had taken the low road. But he has held back. Oh yeah, sure, he’s running the usual mantra that Obama will raise your taxes (standard Republican talking points, really, and to be expected), but he hasn’t gone for the jugular. And it’s not as though Obama hasn’t provided him with plenty of ammunition (Wright, Ayers, Rezko). Still Obama accuses McCain of “slash-and-burn, say-anything, do-anything politics.” Sound familiar? It should. It’s what they said about Hillary too.
Barack Obama has wasted no amount of air time to tell us constantly the John McCain voted with Bush 90% of the time [omigod, that ad is on every fifteen minutes, I swear]. Click here for what Barack doesn’t tell you about his voting record in the Senate. Hint: 40% no vote and an amazing rate of avoiding controversial votes (ie: 75% no vote on choice issues) - post at link cites Project Vote Smart.
And then there is the question of Barack Obama’s fundraising. Though he is not required to do so, McCain released the names of all his small donors. Obama will not. Why not? It’s a legitimate question. Especially in light of this Washington Post story. Are we talking campaign finance fraud? Money laundering?
So, no, I do not approve, condone, nor rationalize that the “ends justifies the means.”