Obama the Hypocrite
by Progressive America, Fri Jan 18, 2008 at 06:50:22 PM EST
It looks like the campaign of a different kind of politics and that of "unity" is actually the campaign of the politics of hypocrisy and the politics of division.
In the last week in the Iowa campaign, Obama released attacks day after day criticizing the Edwards campaign because of a group running pro-Edwards ads. Those ads were all positive in nature and not aimed at any of the other candidates. However, Obama took it upon himself to denounce Edwards and say that he would never allow such a thing in his kind of politics. So much for that we see now.
Now move up a couple weeks later and we see groups in Nevada doing exactly the same thing for Obama. In fact, his groups are running anti-Clinton ads and doing the attacking for him, a really disgusting kind of politics. So not only does he abandon his pledge to not have 527s help his campaign, but he also abandons the pledge to not engage in negative and divisive politics. But what do we hear from the Obama campaign? Silence. In addition, he's had the Hope Pac spending and working on his behalf throughout this campaign, but we've heard nothing about Obama stopping them.
Edwards responded strongly today. First to reporters directly against these ads.
Later in a press release, Edwards expanded on his thoughts.
"Just a few days ago, on a stage where all three of us were participating in the debate, there was a discussion of putting behind us and stopping the race politics that had been going on for a few days before that between Senator Clinton and Senator Obama. And everyone pledged that this kind of divisive politics that divides the Democratic Party and could divide America would come to an end.
"Senator Obama made that pledge. I was sitting five feet from him when I heard him say it. And now it turns out that in the last twenty-four hours, there's a radio ad that's being run--a malicious radio ad attacking Senator Clinton. That is exactly that kind of divisive politics. It's being run right here in Las Vegas.
"I denounce it. This kind of ad, I don't care who's doing it--in this case it's Senator Obama's supporters--but this sort of thing needs to stop. And from what I've seen, Senator Obama has not said a single word about this. Nothing...when two days ago, three days ago, he sat on a stage in front of America and said this kind of politics had no place in America. That is divides America. It divides the Democratic Party. And he denounced it. Well, now it's happening...by his supporters...right here in this campaign twenty-four hours before the caucuses. And what I have to say is he should speak up. If he really means what he says--and this is not just talk--he should speak up and denounce this kind of divisive politics. It is not what the Democratic Party needs. It is not what America needs. And let me say this very clearly, vis-a-vis Senator Obama, I will not divide America. I will unite America."
It's become increasingly clear the words of unity were just a bunch of empty rhetoric. Otherwise, if Obama can gain from the same political maneuvering that he denounces, then he will use it. His campaign has actually been behind some of the nastiest smear efforts in this process and we've seen very little of the unity that he's promised.
I also would add something about lobbyists. Isn't a bit odd that Obama all of a sudden decided to stop taking lobbyist money for the Presidential campaign, maybe convenient timing? It wasn't long ago Obama took $1.5 million from lobbyists for his Senate campaign. I'm glad Edwards has started to mention he's the only candidate who's never taken a dime from Washington lobbyists in his entire political life, as it has become much clearer Obama's recent conversion against lobbyists is not one of conviction at all. In fact, he has state chairs that are federal lobbyists! So much for that different kind of politics. So much for the tough rhetoric. So much for being an "agent of change."
Obama used to be a strong second choice for me, but not anymore. I wouldn't even consider voting for him in the primary now, even if Edwards dropped out, especially with his increasing use of Republican talking points and praising Republicans before the praising of Democrats. Also not to mention that he would appoint three Republicans to his cabinet, instead of appointing three good Democrats in those places that could lead to rising prospects in our party. And at the same time of this "unity" talk, he plays these dirty tricks that he's based his entire campaign against. I just find it rediculous. Obama stole Edwards' change rhetoric and made it is own, but hasn't followed any of the principles of it. I guess it goes to show, you can mimic someone's words, but it doesn't mean you're going to mimic their actions.