Between Shrewd and Naive

20 06 2008

David Brooks in today’s NYT says Barack Obama’s decision to forgo public financing reveals the Hope Machine’s true Machiavellian ambition. But Brooks seems to be caught between admiring the shrewdness of Obama and wanting to accuse the Illinois senator of hypocrisy.

I have to admit, I’m ambivalent watching all this. On the one hand, Obama did sell out the primary cause of his professional life, all for a tiny political advantage. If he’ll sell that out, what won’t he sell out? On the other hand, global affairs ain’t beanbag. If we’re going to have a president who is going to go toe to toe with the likes of Vladimir Putin, maybe it is better that he should have a ruthlessly opportunist Fast Eddie Obama lurking inside.

All I know for sure is that this guy is no liberal goo-goo. Republicans keep calling him naïve. But naïve is the last word I’d use to describe Barack Obama. He’s the most effectively political creature we’ve seen in decades. Even Bill Clinton wasn’t smart enough to succeed in politics by pretending to renounce politics.

Its funny how going back on a promise, even if for a good reason, translates into being sober minded.

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20 06 2008
Chris Moran

Nice writing style. Looking forward to reading more from you.

Chris Moran

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