Wednesday, July 16, 2008

"We haven't got the man we had when we began"

A quote from Fiddler on the Roof - it applies to Barack Obama for many of his supporters. The dreamers who believed that Obama would be a "different" kind of politician. Hah!

There is no such thing. There are only winners and losers. Obama aims to be a winner. So he does not hand the Republicans a weapon to be used against him. He votes for FISA.

So, how did the dreamers conjure up Obama, the new kind of politician? Did Obama help them to have that dream? Did Obama use demagogy to win the nomination?

Demagogy refers to a political strategy for obtaining and gaining political power by appealing to the popular prejudices, emotions, fears and expectations of the public — typically via impassioned rhetoric and propaganda.


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