For the past two weeks we have listened to Obama surrogates and pundits tell us that this convention would highlight party unity and introduce Barack Obama to the millions of Americans who still don't know 'who he is'. Yet, after 17 months of campaigning and hours of free press from the 'in the tank' MSMs, I highly doubt this love-fest will accomplish this grand introduction.
Obama's problem isn't that no one understands him; his problem is that his own supporters don't understand him and those who do understand his policies and beliefs oppose him. DNC Leadership has anointed a candidate who they felt would have little baggage in the general election, but apparently they failed to vet this product of the Chicago Political Machine. Now they have a well-spoken candidate who will say anything, do anything, change any 'stated' position, deny every association, inject race, inject age, divide the electorate based upon social issues and take any other step he can take to get a vote. The problem for Obama though, is that he cannot tell America his true positions, because if he did, he would overwhelmingly lose. As a result, we have a candidate whom no one including his own supporters understand what his positions are.
I would like to introduce you to 18 year old, Ben Traber, a DNC Delegate, Obama Supporter, and "Precinct Captain" for the Obama campaign. Traber represents the youngest of the DNC Delegates, the individuals who are responsible for choosing their parties' nominee. As a result, you would expect a well-educated and informed individual capable of understanding the positions of the candidates and wishes of those in the community where he resides. Traber also represents the so-called "youth vote" which has over-whelmingly supported Obama.
In an interview with Fox News yesterday, Traber, a campaign worker and self-proclaimed "life-long Democrat" (so he has voted in how many elections?), from Colorado provided his reasons for supporting Barack Obama. In the interview he stated his reasons for supporting Obama, "he represents a new face in Washington DC, I know that really appeals to young voters like me. Also, I like on foreign policy how he is willing to speak to leaders of other countries that we might not like, with no preconditions and things of that nature..."
I will agree with young Traber that Obama would 'represent a new face in Washington DC', especially considering that he has been largely absent during the 4 years since his election to the Senate. However, Traber is a delegate to the convention, elected by DNC members to represent the broader Democratic Base. These are supposed to be the individuals who best understand the positions of the candidates, yet clearly Traber has no idea that the Obama campaign has flipped, flopped, and ran away from the 'no preconditions' statements nearly 2 months ago. Is this the best that an Obama supporting delegate to the DNC can come up with?
Are these the voters that Obama is appealing to? Those who have no political knowledge, no understanding of the foreign policy and conflictual history of this nation?
Perhaps the Obama campaign should consider introducing his policies to the members of his own party before he attempts to re-introduce himself, for the umpteenth time in 17 months, to the American people.
August 26th, 2008
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