Robert J. Samuelson nails the Obama Campaign

Samuelson's piece in Newsweek can be seen here. Read the piece for the substance of his argument.

It's hard not to be dazzled by Barack Obama. At the 2004 Democratic convention, he visited with Newsweek reporters and editors, including me. I came away deeply impressed by his intelligence, his forceful language and his apparent willingness to take positions that seemed to rise above narrow partisanship. Obama has become the Democratic presidential front-runner precisely because countless millions have formed a similar opinion. It is, I now think, mistaken. . . . The trouble, at least for me, is the huge and deceptive gap between his captivating oratory and his actual views. . . . . He has run on the vague promise of "change," but on issue after issue—immigration, the economy, global warming—he has offered boilerplate policies that evade the underlying causes of the stalemates. . . .

Labels: ,


Blogger Rail Claimore said...

I came away with the same impression when I met him here at UIC around the time he announced his run. He talks a good game, but I just can't vote for the man based on policies.

I think many people simply fall for the image of him as President without thinking things through.

2/21/2008 10:31 AM  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home