“Give the People What They Want.”
That soulful O’Jay’s hit from the 1970s is the celestial theme song for Archangel Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.
However, some key Democrat constituencies are learning that The Culture Club’s “Karma Chameleon” would be a more appropriate anthem.
It is not Obama’s fault that he has heretofore served as a Rorschach ink blot test for Democratic primary voters — they see in him whatever they want to see. But it is his choice to embrace that as his political persona and ignore the contradictions intrinsic to the pursuit of being all things to all people.
Obama’s penchant for blending in with the scenery is visible to the naked eye — and naked ear. I particularly enjoyed his newfound southern twang earlier this month when he gave a karaoke version of a civil rights sermon in Selma, Alabama.
It’s not easy for a kid from Hyde Park by way of Hawaii by way of Jakarta to sound like Jeff Foxworthy.
And such examples of His Eminence’s personal and political malleability abound with each passing day. Consider his last week on the campaign trail:
Obama angered the homosexual lobby by dodging opportunities to denounce Gen. Peter Pace’s comments the week previous that Pace considered homosexuality to be immoral.
Instead of challenging the statement made by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Obama made oblique references to the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and attempted to assuage his offended gay backers by setting up a gay advisory panel to his campaign. Obama hedging right.
On Friday, Obama endorsed Chicago Alderman Dorothy “The Hat” Tillman in her bitter and, I predict, losing re-election bid in a rapidly gentrifying ward on the city’s south side. Rather than supporting an independent Democrat concerned about something other than slave reparations, Obama sided with the hack machine candidate — as has been his history in Chicago politics. Obama hedging left.
Then on Saturday at a Democratic presidential forum in Las Vegas (where I go to visit my money), Comrade Obama was skewered by the national socialists in attendance for the lack of details he has provided about his alleged universal health care plan while his chief rivals, Clinton and Edwards, were triumphantly blaring their commitment to provide mediocre health care for all Americans at Pentagon prices. Obama languishing in the middle.
Now, I know what some of you cynics out there are thinking: all politicians tell people what they want to hear and pander to the audience they address on a given day, why should Obama be held to a different standard?
On second thought, Obama shouldn’t be held to a different standard. I concede the point. Barack Obama is just another politician.