Apr 17, 2008 12:00 pm


Let me confess, I rarely agree with Maureen Dowd though I wish I had her sharp pen. Today she uses it on Barack because this NYT columnist apparently shares the values comprehensible to Obama only if viewed as false consciousness.

Obama comes across less like a candidate in Pennsylvania than an anthropologist in Borneo.

I am not sure Borneo is different enough. I think his weird comparisons mandate likening him to an anthropologist on another planet.

I am a pro choice absolutist. But I find it hard to believe that the inhabitants of Borneo ever considered their children a punishment on par with venereal disease as Obama does :

Look, I got two daughters — 9 years old and 6 years old," he said."I am going to teach them first about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby. I don't want them punished with an STD at age 16, so it doesn't make sense to not give them information.

I support gun control. But, I cannot and I am sure it would never occur to the good people of Borneo to put their ancestor worship on par with their bows and arrows as he does:

“You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And it’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

I suspect even"natives" of Borneo must be more capable of making distinctions. But distinctions are Barack's nemesis. He flatly refuses to acknowledge their existence. That is the reason he refuses distinguish between mainstream African American churches and Afro-centrist Trinity; between white racists and the staunchly anti-racist grandmother who raised him; between people and governments; between America and the world. He does not only wish to present himself as the post-racial candidate, but as the post everything candidate.

That is the reason he does not promise to change America but to change the world.

Forget elitism. We are dealing with dangerous hubris.

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