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Obama Gets Skewered By The New Yorker

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Barack Obama is portrayed as a manipulative, opportunistic politician by Ryan Lizza in a 15 page article in this week’s The New Yorker magazine. “Making It, How Chicago Shaped Obama”, gives an in depth run down of Obama’s well planned political path. The major point being is he’s no messiah, just a typical politician.

The illustration shows the couple pumping fists in the Oval Office of the White House with the US flag burning in the fireplace. Mrs Obama has an Afro hairdo and an automatic rifle strapped across her back. A portrait of Osama bin Laden sits above the fireplace.

The Obama campaign camp has reacted angrily. Spokesman Bill Burton said: “The New Yorker may think, as one of their staff explained to us, that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Senator Obama’s right-wing critics have tried to create. But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree.”

Ryan Lizza writes, Although many of Obama’s recent supporters have been surprised by signs of political opportunism, Alderwoman Preckwinkle wasn’t. “I think he was very strategic in his choice of friends and mentors,”

Some Obama supporters professed shock when, recently, he abandoned a pledge to stay within the public campaign-finance system…..Preckwinkle’s concern about Obama—that he is a pure political animal—suddenly became more widespread; commentators abruptly stopped using the words “callow” and “naïve.”

I asked her [Ivory Mitchell] if what she considered slights or betrayals were simply the necessary accommodations and maneuvering of a politician making a lightning transition from Hyde Park legislator to Presidential nominee. “Can you get where he is and maintain your personal integrity?” she said. “Is that the question?” She stared at me and grimaced. “I’m going to pass on that.”

The latest polls show Obama and McCain statistically even. This is a sharp drop for Obama who’s numbers are falling as he continues to attempt to pivot to the center. A tough place to be when you are the most liberal member of the U.S. Senate.

Rasmussen Reports: “For the second straight day, the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll shows that the race for the White House is tied. Sunday’s numbers show Barack Obama and John McCain each attracting 43% of the vote. When “leaners” are included, the two candidates are tied at 46%.

The voters are noticing Obama’s flip-floping on every issue that won him the race for the Democratic nomination. His slogan  “Change”is definitely him, but is it change you can really believe in?

Posted: 2355PT 07/13/08


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