Monday, April 14, 2008

Peter Wehner on Barack Obama on National Review Online

Peter Wehner on Barack Obama on National Review Online: "On a deeper level, what we saw in Obama’s comments is a glimpse into a particular worldview, one that animates his political philosophy (contemporary liberalism). Senator Obama seems to view ordinary Americans as bitter, often broken, small-minded objects of pity rather than anger, ostensibly in need of instruction from — you guessed it — Barack Obama. The words of Michelle Obama are worth recalling in this context. She has spoken about her husband pushing us out of our “comfort zones,” saying “Barack knows at some level there is a hole in our souls” and “Barack is the only person in this race who understands that before we can work on the problems as a nation, we have to fix our souls. Our souls are broken in this nation.” This is the Politics of Meaning on steroids. If one views Americans as fundamentally needy children rather than competent citizens, one embraces the precepts of the nanny state — the state that (in Margaret Thatcher’s memorable phrase) takes too much from you in order to do too much for you."
This is a conservative take on Bittergate. Wehner may be right. How many people will vote for Obama because they agree with him that they are bitter, and with his wife that their souls are broken? My guess is, fewer than needed to get 270 electoral votes. Obama has a remarkably dismissive and negative view of middle America.

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