BUT DOES BATHING MAKE A PRESIDENT?
By: Richard Davis
Barack Obama could be a poster child for the social
prejudice lookism. He owes everything to his appearance - and to his diction, of course.
Hes the proverbial smooth-talker. No one can name a single thing the mans
actually done or wants to do. Nothing. Hes clean, to borrow Sen. Joe Bidens
amazing campaign-killing epithet. A clean-cut clean slate. Thats Obamas
candidate profile in its entirety.
Of course the resume of his chief rival also contains only one essential hallmark:
female. None of Hillarys supporters can catalog much else, other than that she
stoically endures a philandering husband, and thus knows the evil men can do, and once
voted for Iraq, which they hold against her. She too has good hygiene, though nobody
A country that would elect its leader based solely on looks, race or gender gets what
it deserves, and no doubt we will. In our defense, however, weve tried everything
else. Heredity sure doesnt work. Having actual delineable ideas is political
suicide, and, as weve seen with Republicans, largely irrelevant. Rudy Giuliani is a
front-runner only because were so hungry for leadership well ignore what he
thinks, at least for the time being.
Unfortunately for Obama weve already tried inexperienced no-nothingism and found
it wanting. His name was Jimmy Carter, and he was running for president. And he grew
peanuts. Now hes a candidate for worst president ever and a favorite nominee in the
ex-presidents category as well.
Obama tried his best to channel the spirit of Abe Lincoln when he announced his
candidacy in Springfield earlier this month, but if youre going to pull that off
youd better have something to say, and he didnt. Nada. The country didnt
turn to Lincoln because of his inexperience or his looks. He was hideous. But he had
something to say.
People don't come to Obama for what he's done in the Senate," says Bruce
Reed, president of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council. "They come because of
what they hope he could be." Thats audacious hope, folks. And its scary.
Its also largely untrue. Most people turning to
Obama right now are white women. Theyre not attracted to this good-looking,
charismatic black man because of hope, at least not political hope. Its something
else, something more disturbing.
But thats America politically these days. The campaigns of Hillary and Obama are
signposts on Multicultural Way, where race and gender are the only addresses that matter.
Ideas are just annoying speed bumps. Thus Obama can run a campaign solely of hope - as
opposed to the hopelessness of the others - and claim to be the candidate of inexperience and
leadership, which isnt audacious so much as ludicrous.
Leadership emerges from experience, of course, not looks. Obama may be
understandably confused about that since looks are all hes ever needed, and
racial ideology asserts that skin color is in fact the actual determinate of everything in
America. And soon it will be.
But perhaps not just yet. A pretty face might get an actor a tryout on stage, but at
some point even the prettiest actor has to prove he can actually act. Obama isnt
showing he has the chops for this particular gig. Even his wife, channeling the spirit of
Teresa Heinz Get My Pills Now Kerry, is starting to get snippy with
questioners. Just look at him and shut up, okay? Bigots.
The mainstream press has begun to moderate its hero worship ever so slightly.
Obamas been a little snippy himself, and journalists dont like that. The New
York Times Maureen Dowd penned an especially wicked column from extremely white Iowa last week. Yes, Obama has a
smooth-jazz façade, but for Dowd he just wasnt the man Hillary was. But
then who is?
Rolling Stone just published a surprisingly revealing piece
on Obama, a fellow leftist who, according to the magazine, is the
subject of an upcoming biography entitled The Savior by a Chicago Tribune
reporter (what liberal bias?). A year or two from now hell publish the sequel, The
The most revealing element of the article was an examination of Obamas
affiliation with the black separatist church Trinity United Church of Christ and the
radical Rev. Jeremiah Wright. The magazine found that the relationship was not just
incidental in Obamas life, and concluded, This is as openly
radical a background as any significant American political figure has ever emerged from,
as much Malcolm X as Martin Luther King Jr.
In other words, straight-shooting, authentic, Honest-Abe Obama is really someone quite
different from the public persona he knowingly projects - someone his adoring millions
might not find so smooth and comforting (though to many of them it probably wont
matter). Lincoln never told us exactly how long some of the time is that you
can fool all of the people, but we should all hope, audaciously hope, that its less
than the year and nine months remaining until the election.
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Richard Davis is a native of the Midwest. He received a journalism degree from
the University of Illinois and through the years has worked as reporter, editor and
publisher on various publications. He considers himself an independent, non-ideological
conservative, a staunch anti-liberal and a believer in traditional Western/European values
and culture. Richard has been writing columns for various conservative web publications
for five years. He is a new columnist for Ether Zone.
Richard Davis can be reached at: email@example.com
Published in the February 23, 2007 issue of Ether Zone.
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