[Overall, conservatives may get more mileage out of this one, but Dr. Corsi’s book is almost as good I felt.]
David Freddoso’s The Case Against Barack Obamais the perfect antidote to the media’s unhealthy obsession with, what has to be, the most overrated candidate for the presidency in history. Unlike in Jerome Corsi’s The Obama Nation, Freddoso’s analysis is not so much about the senator’s life as it is about the specifics of his political career. It’s a concise work and he ventures into fewer gray areas than Corsi does. However, in my opinion, both publications are excellent and essential for those who wish to understand the reality of Barack Obama rather than the dream. Thanks to the press’s refusal to examine him closely, conservative samizdat sources are all we have as a means to fully identity the man who was not there.
Freddoso’s first chapter places Obama solidly within the travesty and corruption that is the Chicago political system. What the author proves is not that the Democratic nominee is corrupt but that he is the exact opposite of a reformer. He had a chance to initiate “change” and “hope” in Chicago by backing bipartisan efforts to vote out the Stroger machine, but Obama refused to do so. In the Illinois Senate he managed to vote “Present” 130 times and this is in keeping with his history. He always neglects to demonstrate the courage of his convictions or even make them publicly known (which was true of his performance at the Saddleback Church the other night). He takes no chances.
During the primaries he was politics as usual. Before the Iowa Caucuses, he gave 30 grand to the state’s Senate Majority and House Truman funds. In New Hampshire he donated 9 thousand to both of the state’s Congressmen and 15 grand to committees for the reelecting of Democrats. He garnered his support the old-fashioned way…he distributed patronage. Well, there’s nothing wrong with that legally, but his career clashes with the notion that he is somehow a reformer. By reneging on his pledge to take public financing, he’s indicated that there is nothing new about him. He plays to his advantage at all times.
Freddoso showcases that fact that Obama’s appeal, at its core, is a bag of air: as an orator he “is cotton candy.” Freddoso cites sources who dub him “a kind of human Rorschach test” and that the Obamanauts love him for who they think he’ll be rather than what he is. Personally, I enjoyed “Obamessiah” (Chapter 4) the most as it illustrates just how irrational the devotion of his fans is. The man is running a “theological campaign.” The author makes the same point here that Corsi does which is that any criticism of him gets morphed into a “smear” or becomes a symbol of the “old politics.” For anyone who wonders how Obama got this far or what he’s really about, The Case Against Barack Obama should be required reading.