Obama’s record

One criticism of Obama is that his portfolio is mighty thin. He has no record. Well, he actually does and and here it is. Pretty interesting.

It’s a lengthy record filled with core liberal issues. But what’s interesting, and almost never discussed, is that he built his entire legislative record in Illinois in a single year.

Why was that ? In 2002, the Democrats took over the Illinois legislature, not because of Bush as the reporter says, but because the Republican governor got caught selling drivers’ licenses to truckers with bad driving records. A disastrous truck accident splashed the whole story across the newspapers and the Democrats took over in the next election.

The white, race-baiting, hard-right Republican Illinois Senate Majority Leader James “Pate” Philip was replaced by Emil Jones Jr., a gravel-voiced, dark-skinned African-American known for chain-smoking cigarettes on the Senate floor.

Jones had served in the Illinois Legislature for three decades. He represented a district on the Chicago South Side not far from Obama’s. He became Obama’s ­kingmaker.

Several months before Obama announced his U.S. Senate bid, Jones called his old friend Cliff Kelley, a former Chicago alderman who now hosts the city’s most popular black call-in radio ­program.

I called Kelley last week and he recollected the private conversation as follows:

“He said, ‘Cliff, I’m gonna make me a U.S. Senator.'”

“Oh, you are? Who might that be?”

“Barack Obama.”

Jones appointed Obama sponsor of virtually every high-profile piece of legislation, angering many rank-and-file state legislators who had more seniority than Obama and had spent years championing the bills.

“I took all the beatings and insults and endured all the racist comments over the years from nasty Republican committee chairmen,” State Senator Rickey Hendon, the original sponsor of landmark racial profiling and videotaped confession legislation yanked away by Jones and given to Obama, complained to me at the time. “Barack didn’t have to endure any of it, yet, in the end, he got all the credit.

I don’t know if the Republican was really “race baiting,” or the comments were really “racist,” but the rest sounds pretty accurate. Obama is an artificial candidate and this explains how they did it. The last empty suit we elected president was Warren G Harding. And, by the way, that reporter is a lefty or he would not have lied about why the Democrats took over the Illinois legislature in 2002.

And then there is his adviser on the middle east.


He has another adviser, who may actually end up in his cabinet if he is elected. In 2002, she recommended that we invade Israel !

what we need is a willingness to put something on the line in helping the situation. Putting something on the line might mean alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import; it may more crucially mean sacrificing—or investing, I think, more than sacrificing—billions of dollars, not in servicing Israel’s military, but actually investing in the new state of Palestine, in investing the billions of dollars it would probably take, also, to support what will have to be a mammoth protection force, not of the old Rwanda kind, but a meaningful military presence. Because it seems to me at this stage (and this is true of actual genocides as well, and not just major human rights abuses, which were seen there), you have to go in as if you’re serious, you have to put something on the line.

That sure sounds like an invasion to me. When asked about it later, she attempted to disavow the quote.

Power herself recognizes that the statement is problematic. “Even I don’t understand it,” she says. And also: “This makes no sense to me.” And furthermore: “The quote seems so weird.” She thinks that she made this statement in the context of discussing the deployment of international peacekeepers. But this was a very long time ago, circumstances were different, and it’s hard for her to reconstruct exactly what she meant.

I really wonder if he can keep the balls in the air until November.

UPDATE: Power resigned last week, allegedly because she called Hillary a “monster.” Actually, even the Washington Post agrees that it was because of her BBC interview in which she disavowed many of Obama’s policy pronouncements, like immediate withdrawal from Iraq. She may say some crazy things but she knows that most of what he is saying is just not realistic. The Goolsby affair, for example, has many lefties with their knickers in a twist. Everybody knows these advisors are trying to save Obama from himself.

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One Response to “Obama’s record”

  1. carol says:

    Obama is reminding me a lot of JFK in his youth, and his grace and deftness during debate. They both had that Harvard veneer, which appealed to the elites, plus Obama can play to black crowds while JFK to the Irish wardheelers, Catholics and big labor.

    The legislative experience was comparably thin, and JFK wasn’t really that interested in it all anyway. It was just part of the plan to get to the top. I wonder if Obama will be similarly shaky in his dealings with world leaders. I remember the JFK years as being one “crisis” after another, from Berlin to Laos to Cuba to Vietnam. It think may helped drive my generation slightly mad.