Originally posted by kerrichin
hi i would like some info on this guy called obama.
people keep refurring to him as the anti-christ
I don't know about the anti-christ... I mean, he's not white, infact he's black, although I suspect that Hillary and others will attempt to put an
astrisk on that, and his name doesn't sound anything like mine, which generally scares the heck out of the more narrow-minded elements of the public,
but I think anti-christ is a bit of a stretch.
Religion has been a traditional avenue of attack against him because he is so obviously (right down to his name and facial build) not quite part of
"our group", and when people think about how to isolate somebody "different" in a way that people won't see as bigotted and will take seriously,
religion is always a favorite.
Alan Keyes tried it with him, making the argument that "Christ wouldn't vote for Obama" because Obama's politics are irreconcilable with Christian
principles, but in a democratic primary (where mostly everyone is at least mildly pro-choice) you've got to go a little deeper than that for religion
to work, hence the constant barrage of anti-christ scuttlebutt and the throwing around of his middle name, etc.
Who is he? Well love him or hate him he's a dang good politician. He's got a knack for keeping unions on his side even when he can't give them
everything they want, probably because of his intellectual but still understandable and charismatic speaking and writing.
Some of what ape said is accurate, (though the parts that I consider most accurate would apply to virtually any politician).
I wouldn't call him a European socialist though: I expect him to actually come in to the right of Hillary there. He doesn't really put his foot down
that hard. He opposes the Bush tax cuts and he wants more money for education, healthcare, etc but he's not entirely cradle to grave. He seems more
concerned with using the government to give the worker a running start at capitalism than actually replacing it.
He's definately liberal though, socially in particular. He's pro-minority and immigration, at least somewhat- he does hedge his bets, he's very
live and let live about religion (by my reading of his book I think he stopped just shy of admitting that he only joined the church because it was a
social venue through which to accomplish good things; he may or may not be a believer, though I do not say that because of his politics), he's
vehemently against Iraq (apparently trying to get to the left of Hillary there, but he'll be hard-pressed to do that since he's never had the
opportunity to abuse US Marines while his spouse was commander in chief).
As current Democratic contenders go he isn't all that bad, seeing as Bill Richardson strikes me as if he didn't know what he was talking about,
Dennis Kucinich is unelectable, and Hillary would need 8 reindeer and a sleigh to haul all of her baggage. I don't know how he will do against Biden-
that could be the big surprise perhaps, depending on how well Biden can mobilize moderate Democrats- Obama might ultimately be the guy who split the
far left on Hillary to pave the way for Biden.