Sunday, September 14, 2008

the Obama disconnect


There is a yawning gulf between what the Democratic candidate says and how he has acted. That's why the race is so close

by Gerard Baker | Times Online | September 12, 2008


It's funny how the harder you look at something, the harder it can be to understand it. I can't recall a US presidential election that has attracted more attention. But neither can there have been a time when the world has watched what goes on in America with the nonplussed, horrified incomprehension it has now.

Travelling in Britain this week, I've been asked repeatedly by close followers of US politics if it can really be true that Barack Obama might not win. Thoughtful people cannot get their head around the idea that Mr Obama, exciting new pilot of change, supported by Joseph Biden, experienced navigator of the swamplands of Washington politics, could possibly be defeated.

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the author explains that "This election is a struggle between the followers of American exceptionalism and the supporters of global universalism."

the reason Obama may lose? "Here's the real problem with Mr Obama: the jarring gap between his promises of change and his status quo performance. There are just too many contradictions between the eloquent poetry of the man's stirring rhetoric and the dull, familiar prose of his political record."

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