Charlie Rose, so arrogantly intellectual in his speaking, as though it is painful for him to do so as he speaks slowly, interviewed T. Boone Pickens recently and it was shown Sunday night. The Pickens Plan has almost reached a crusade level of obsession with Pickens, admitted himself, and the story was told. In typical Democrat fashion, Rose asked Pickens, since McCain, Palin and George W. Bush say we can drill our way out of our foreign dependence, will this work? Problem with the question? Those three have said no such statement. They all three have endorsed all possible means of acquiring energy. Rose knows that but has his agenda to push. Then we are shown Pickens' visit to the Democrat Convention last August. Rose, like others in the chorus, doesn't understand that for 'change' to be successful, all political voices must be brought to the table. A Republican at the Democrat Convention? Mon Dieu!
Rose's candidate, Barack Obama, doesn't quite understand this fact, either. Obama gives lip service to reaching across the aisle, but that's not really the truth. And, unlike John McCain or Sarah Palin, or George W. Bush, Barack Obama has never, never bucked his party's leadership.
Juan Williams, on Fox News Sunday today, said of journalists swooning for Obama especially during the primary season, "what you saw was that the executive editors and the top people at the networks were all rushing to Obama events, bringing their children, celebrating it, saying they were, there's this part of history." That from NewsBusters.org
"In 1990, Obama was already enough of a celebrity - the first black president of the prestigious Harvard Law Review - for the New York publishers Simon & Schuster to offer a "six-figure contract" for a proposed autobiography." Still in law school the contract was cancelled as Obama didn't have time to do the book. When his first book was published in 1995, he was a state senator in Illinois and running for U.S. senate. He was keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention. "Yet when he arrived in Washington, the $169,300 Senator's salary was not going to be his mainstay: two weeks before he was sworn in, Crown Books announced a $1.9 three-book contract with the senator-elect." As the second book was a bestseller, and a reprint making Obama richer, Obama left his longtime book agent for Robert Barnett, "a Washington lawyer also responsible for negotiating Tony Blair's contract with Random House a year ago today. It was a move that revealed a streak of ruthless calculation that may help land Obama in the White House." That from Financial Times. Celebrity? Recognition solely on the color of his skin at Harvard Law? Ruthless? Interesting. That from a London publication. Doesn't Europe worship the Chosen One?
Additional note: Barnett's wife? Rita Braver of CBS News. Such a tight little family in Washington, D.C. Everyone is all connected - even those claiming to be candidates of change. Hey, I thought Obama was the outsider. The Chosen One wouldn't use the political insiders for gain, would he? Change?
And from north of our border comes another article about the differences of McCain versus Obama.
From David Warren, a Canadian, at Real Clear Politics : "McCain has grown in my estimation, as circumstances have changed. He has in many ways earned his maverick reputation, together with a reputation for incorruptible patriotism. He's the guy to make politically risky and potentially unpopular decisions, in face of the recessionary slide; and crucially, he's the guy to make America's most loathsome an unpredictable enemies not want to test him. In his appointment of Sarah Palin, for all the sneers of the urbane and over-educated, he has suggested a way forward in which America retrieves her "core values," which include cutting through the blather of conventional "expertise," and distinguishing right from wrong. And she can articulate what McCain mumbles."
Not a McCain fan from the past Warren goes on to compare McCain as a "man of action and accomplishment, Obama a man of "charisma" and pretty words, whose only real accomplishment has been his remarkable self-advancement." "A man who, should he win the election and serve one term, will have been President of the United States longer than he has held any steady job." That includes the two years he has been campaigning for President.
"In my world, you don't humour a politician who presents "Change," "Unity," and especially, "Hope," as hypnotic mantras, with the power of enchantment over very large crowds. And you especially don't humour such a politician at a time when both country and world are unstable, and hard decisions will have to be made."
"Deeper than this: Obama has presented himself from the start as a messianic, "transformational" leader- and thus played deceitfully with ideas that belong to religion and not politics."
In South Carolina while speaking at an evangelical congregation service - separation of church and state anyone? - during the primary season, "He finished his brief remarks by saying ,"We're going to keep on praising together. I am confident that we can create a Kingdom right here on Earth." That from CNN.com And, this: "According to the religion-based Web site Beliefnet.com and its "god-o-Meter" tool that measures "God-talk" in the presidential campaigns, Obama invokes religion more than any of his Democratic competitors." Wasn't it a frequent criticism of Obama and other Democrats that President Bush invokes religion too much and wears his religion on his sleeve? Surely Democrats won't approve of Obama wearing it on his sleeve, will they? Oh.
Wow. So, all the flock has to do is elect Obama and the Kingdom is here on Earth? Like the waters parting and the skies clearing? And, don't forget the most important thing - the world will love us.