Thursday, March 20, 2008

Wright's Rantings Won't Sink Obama

"Wright's rantings are not reflective of Obama's views on anything. Why did he stay in the church? Because he's a black Chicago politician who comes from a mixed marriage and went to Columbia and Harvard. Suspected of not being black enough or sufficiently tied to the minority community, he needed the networking opportunities Wright afforded him in his church to get elected. If he had not risen to the top of Chicago black politics, we would never have heard of him. But obviously, he can't say that. So what should he say?"

This melodrama not only tells us all we need to know about Obama, it also tells us all we need to know about most politicians' relationship with their professed religion, their professed views on economics, science, education, healthcare, welfare, pick your topic.

That is why voting for a career politician (of which we have three to choose at this moment) is always a craps shoot. McCain had marginally more of a life before politics, however as was the case with Kennedy, Kerry, and probably Bush, this may have been a knowing stepping stone move (working for a law firm for a few years being the safer and thus more popular route).

Maybe even more important than term limits would be requirement that those seeking certain offices have prior experience doing real work of some sort. It's so much easier to respect those who have.

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