Alex Massie

America’s Che Guevara (Apparently)

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Lord knows I am suspicious of Obama and the cult he inspires (just as, in fairness, all other candidates inspire such adulation), but when the likes of National Review's Bill Bennett writes this sort of nonsense about Obama one can't help but harbour a certain hope that he will win in November. Defeating clowns capable of writing nonsense such as this is, actually, quite important:

the Democratic party is about to nominate a far left candidate in the tradition of George McGovern, albeit without McGovern’s military and political record. The Democratic party is about to nominate a far-left candidate in the tradition of Michael Dukakis, albeit without Dukakis’s executive experience as governor. The Democratic party is about to nominate a far left candidate in the tradition of John Kerry, albeit without Kerry’s record of years of service in the Senate. The Democratic party is about to nominate an unvetted candidate in the tradition of Jimmy Carter, albeit without Jimmy Carter’s religious integrity as he spoke about it in 1976. Questions about all these attributes (from foreign policy expertise to executive experience to senatorial experience to judgment about foreign leaders to the instructors he has had in his cultural values) surround Barack Obama. And the Democratic party has chosen him.

Yes, Obama is, in American terms, a lefty. But that's not all he is. In fact, if you take a look at National Review Online you'll see that they have determined that the only way to defeat him is to persuade the electorate that he is a far-left radical. Well maybe - just maybe - he is, but he doesn't seem that way does he? Obviously that just demonstrates how cunning he must be...

{Hat-tip: Chris Orr]

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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