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10 November 2008

Cronache del culto

Per carità, "he was my opponent, and he will be my President". Comunque il culto continua a far ridere, talvolta amaro. E opporsi non è (ancora) reato.

Zerlenga: la battuta di Berlusconi ? Peggio Veltroni. Lui e Obama "non possono essere più diversi, non solo per il passato, ma anche perché evidentemente V non ha letto il programma di O, non sa che cosa vuole fare. [...] Obama non è pacifista, intanto perché gli americani non eleggono candidati pacifisti, poi perché il presidente della più grande potenza del mondo non può essere pacifista”. La sinistra italiana si è creata questa fantasia obamiana, spiega Zerlenga, in sostituzione di un’opposizione seria al governo Berlusconi.
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The swooning frenzy over the choice of Barack Obama as President of the United States must be one of the most absurd waves of self-deception and swirling fantasy ever to sweep through an advanced civilisation. At least Mandela-worship, its nearest equivalent, is focused on a man who actually did something. I really don’t see how the Obama devotees can ever in future mock the Moonies, the Scientologists or people who claim to have been abducted in flying saucers. This is a cult like the one which grew up around Princess Diana, bereft of reason and hostile to facts.
Hitchens, ma stavolta Peter, il fratello di Christopher, fa ciao-ciao all'America. Suspicious of welfare addiction, feeble justice and high taxes, totally committed to preserving its own national sovereignty, unabashedly Christian in a world part secular and part Muslim, suspicious of the Great Global Warming panic, it was unique. Ora ha iniziato la sua discesa -con noi europei- verso il terzo mondo.
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Reazioni sornione dall'intelligentsjia repubblicana. Kristol in qualche modo gongola. Barnes has got advice for all of us.
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Krauthammer: onore a McCain. [Data la crisi economica] even a Ronald Reagan could not have survived. The fact that John McCain got 46 percent of the electorate when 75 percent said the country was going in the wrong direction is quite remarkable. [...] before our old soldier fades away, it is worth acknowledging that McCain ran a valiant race against impossible odds. He will be — he should be — remembered as the most worthy presidential nominee ever to be denied the prize.
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I penosi psico-obamiani italiani - Ostellino sul Corriere.
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Aspetti sottili di temperamento vs policy: quanto larga è davvero la delega ? As president, Obama faces daunting problems. How to fix a financial system no one seems to fully understand. How to defeat terrorist enemies sheltered in the territory of our putative ally Pakistan. How to live up to the high expectations so visible in the cheering and tearful faces in those crowds in Berlin, Invesco Field and Grant Park — after a victory that was thrilling, but not quite what the Democrats hoped for.
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Racial psychodrama: "Only now" una basetta. Instead of being truly beyond race, and treating African-American candidates exactly like everyone else, [some whites] demonstrate their continuing racial consciousness by shameless toadying.

Something like that afflicted the press during this election year. Nothing would be permitted to impede Obama’s victorious procession toward the White House. He was a green first-term senator? We won’t mention that (even when we decry Sarah Palin’s lack of experience). He skirted 130 decisions, voting present, during his time in the Illinois Senate? No problem.

He broke his promise to accept public financing of his campaign? Just evidence of his fundraising “prowess” (AP) or ability to “set records” (New York Times).

Early in his career, he was listed as a member of the socialist New Party? New Zealand papers picked up on it. Didn’t make it into our major media. He supported the most extreme abortion agenda of any candidate in modern American history and then lied about it? Not relevant. He enjoyed close ties with ACORN, a group that is facing criminal charges of vote fraud in a dozen states? Yawn.

As for his thoroughly repellent associations with Tony Rezko, Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers, and others, it was considered very bad form to mention them. Even John McCain refrained from raising the Wright issue for fear of having his “racial innocence” compromised.

As a result of this racial psychodrama played out in our national politics (among other reasons), we are now about to have the most left-wing president in history. We can only hope, for his sake and for the country’s, that his left-wing positions were adopted out of expedience, not conviction, and that President Obama will decide that success requires him to tack to the center.

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