Monday, September 22, 2008

The return of Michael Dukakis

To me, Barack Obama is the second coming of Jimmy Carter, but Christopher Hitchens, writing at, compares Obama to another far left Democratic presidential nominee, Michael Dukakis.

From Hitchens' column:
Why is Obama so vapid and hesitant and gutless? Why, to put it another way, does he risk going into political history as a dusky Dukakis? Well, after the self-imposed Jeremiah Wright nightmare, he can't afford any more militancy, or militant-sounding stuff, even if it might be justified. His other problems are self-inflicted or party-inflicted as well. He couldn't have picked a gifted Democratic woman as his running mate, because he couldn't have chosen a female who wasn't the ever-present Sen. Clinton, and so he handed the free gift of doing so to his Republican opponent (whose own choice has set up a screech from the liberals like nothing I have heard since the nomination of Clarence Thomas). So the unquantifiable yet important "atmospherics" of politics, with all their little X factors, belong at present to the other team.
Read the full column, "Is Obama Another Dukakis?" at

(HT to Stop The ACLU)

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