I've been thinking about this whole Obama candidacy for a bit now and listened to some opinions of folks who are also wondering about Obama's popularty. I'm not sure who first advanced the idea that his popularity is based upon the fact that he's telegenic but that's not it. And it's definitely not his politics. He's only outdistanced by whack-job Kucinich when it comes to being left-leaning.
Examples? Of course:
Believes that the Bush tax cuts aren't working. Nevermind that every single state in the union, excepting Louisiana and Michigan (don't get me started again), have some of the lowest unemployment since the early 90's, inflation has been tame and businesses are profitable, despite the changes that are taking place in our economy caused by globalism and the influence of international competition. People have more money in their pockets, and apparently that's bad.
Against the death penalty and believes in alternative sentencing rather than making people pay for the crimes they commit. Because we need more criminals on the street.
Believes that all students should be given a free college education as long as they maintain a B average. Because all that spare money in taxpayer pockets is only being wasted.
Voted to raise the CAFE (average fuel economy of a fleet of vehicles that a company makes) to 40mpg rather than letting the market sort it out. Because people aren't smart enough to buy cars that use less gas when it's $3.00 a gallon. Also voted against drilling in ANWR, to ensure that gas REMAINS $3.00 a gallon, thanks Obama.
Voted yes on a free trade agreement with Oman, a country on the Arabian penninsula that has been known to fund terrorism as well as being ruled by a dictator/king but voted AGAINST a free trade agreement with Central America to keep their citizens in their countries, rather than having them cross the Rio Grande and come here.
Believes that healthcare is a right...aka supports governmental takeover of the healthcare system.
Now, he IS taking a page out of the book of Clinton, running to the center, trying to portray himself as more conservative than he is, so that he'll appeal to the middle of the road voters. But truly, he's even more liberal than Hillary, which is scary.
So, what is it? White guilt.
You heard me. White libs, white moderates, etc, look at him as the opportunity to assuage their collective consciences by supporting him. Media and the civil rights industry (you know, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, the ACLU, et al...billions of dollars spent in that industry) have given everyone the impression that they have taken advantage of institutionalized racism or are actually racists even if they've never even thought the 'n-word' or displayed any racist tendencies. So, how better to show that they're 'really not racists' by voting for a black man? Do they agree with what he believes in? Do they even KNOW what he supports?
But that's how sheeple are. Baaaaah....let's follow the flock.