We agree with some folks who are a lot smarter than we, but in a nutshell we say if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
Senator Barack Obama is a man who has spent his entire political life being an inspiration to the people in order to get the job done.Â Â ThisÂ description isÂ according to David Axelrod, political consultant and top advisor to the Obama campaig who also explained, “He has really lived and breathed it, which is why it comes across so authentically. ” So why is the senator being advised to play to the dopes in the middle?
It’s a strategy that has not worked very well in the past for Democrats running for the White House.Â Al Gore foolishly listened to his advisors to hide his intelligence under a bushel. John Kerry didn’t fight back when the Not-so-Swift-types were on the attack. Shrillary did not fare well when she allowed Mark Penn to convince her to play to those middle of the road voters. All of them failed in their attempts to make themselves more acceptable to a group that found squabbling over petty issues more riveting than issues affecting the future of the nation
In the words of Ariana Huffington, “Fixating on — and pandering to — this fickle crowd is all about messaging tailored to avoid offending rather than to inspire and galvanize. And isn’t galvanizing the electorate to demand fundamental change the raison d’etre of the Obama campaign in the first place? Watering down that brand is the political equivalent of New Coke. Call it Obama Zero.”
Fence straddlingÂ can hurtÂ when the straddler loses his balance.
People like andÂ admire Barack Obama. People have voted forÂ ObamaÂ and will vote again for Barack ObamaÂ becauseÂ he inspires us toÂ do and be better.
Senator Obama you would be better advised to be the inspiration you’ve always been. Say the things that must be said to get America moving again.