Thursday, June 05, 2008

Obama Pander Pivots: Iran (what say you Carl Davidson?)

Danielle Pletka writing Obama's Pander Pivot: Today he becomes a hawk on Iran.
TODAY, SENATOR BARACK OBAMA will speak before the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), where he will execute a maneuver likely to become familiar to the American people in the months ahead: the pander pivot. That is, a sharp turn to the right to satisfy a vital Democratic constituency whose support he now needs.
I like Pander Pivot better than left-center strategy. That's the term McGovern's folks used to describe campaign's strategy and it's neatly told in Bruce Miroff's The Liberals' Moment: The McGovern Insurgency and the Identity Crisis of the Democratic Party

Carl D, what do you think of this speech to AIPAC by Obama?

Update: Hamas has second thoughts on Obama... via Rezko Watch Also see Al Jazeera.


Prof. Goldblatt Ph.D. said...

Obama, he speaks like Hitler

I have this recurring nightmare of Farrakhan or Wright spending the night at the White House in the Lincoln bedroom. Or Barack Hussein Obama having a luncheon on the lawns with Hamas representatives, Ayers, Meeks and company. Lord help us. This life-long will also be pulling the lever for John McCain, a man who is actually proud of his country.

We are judged by the company we keep.

I have a very good picture of Barack Hussein Obama's kind of change he wants to make. I can't beleive that the Democrat party could want this Obama instead of Hillary. I would never vote for Obama not because he's black but because of all the anti-American friends he has.

Once again the DNC has come up with an inadequate candidate, Barack Hussein Obama is a empty suit and I don't believe a word he says.

I am definitely voting for John McCain. I like him a lot so it is an easy move. He loves this country and went through hell during the POW days.

I am one of them Sc.D. a son of holocaust survivor who witnessed results of 1930’s appeasement, I saw what my mother had to live through when she was in the concentration camps. She saw what is like when you cannot defend yourself from the Nazi tyranny, she saw her family burn in the ovens of Auschwitz and Birkenau, she witnessed the les affaires of the comatose Europeans Jewry while their fellow Jews were being shipped to their death camps, and the silence of the conciliators, she bore the numbers of her arms so we will never relent in our pursuit of freedom. Today I see in Barack Obama, he speaks like Hitler and hardly set down and argue like a human being, he bring an old memories that invokes the fears of Hitler days, he promised everything under the sun and that worries me the most. Hitler promised the German people everything and only destruction came about.


--- Leland Milton Goldblatt, Ph.D. ®
Distinguished Professor

Bill Baar said...

Thanks Doc...

Carl Davidson said...

Obama at AIPAC? Didn't do him any good with that crew, did it?

I think the speeches to AIPAC are unfortunate litany that even they ignore. No matter what Obama says, he's got Zbignew as one of his advisors and Rhashid Khalidi and Edward Said as people he broke bread with. Plus he once said Palestinians suffer tremendously in this conflict.

That nixes him right there in their book.

No, I'm not an ideologue on Israel/Palestine matters. While I basically side with Palestine, I've always believed there are two tragedies at the heart of it--displaced Jews in the aftermath of the holocaust blocked from entering other countries, including our own; and Palestinians driven at gunpoint from the false claim of 'Land without a people, for a people without a land.'

I believe the delusion on any side is that there's a military solution, and this 'Holy Land' is soaked with so much blood already that spilling more is unholy all around.

Time for us to cut off the military money to all concerned, butt out, and let the Israelis and Palestinians each isolate both sets of fanatics and make a deal.

But what's really pitiful about these AIPAC events is not just Obama, but how almost our entire political class embraces the rightwing version of Zionism and is sacked by the media if they don't.

Amazingly, if I want to find out what's really going on in the Middle East, I have to read the Israeli papers, along with al-Jajeera, to get a decent range of opinion. No such luck with our poodle punditry and 'journalists.'