BLIND-SIDED BY THE COMMUNITY ORGANIZER
I find it extremely ironic that critics of Obama (from our side), pooh-poohed Obama's lack of experience. We mockingly compared it with the tried and tested military and government service of Senator John McCain, and even with the executive background of Governor Sarah Palin. He was Obama, the what? The Community Organizer (snicker, snicker, tee hee, tee hee).
Agreed. We do indeed have an inexperienced president-elect with past unseemly ties to Marxists, radicals, and folks with extreme liberal views -- but our number one charge was that "all" he has ever really done was to work as a "community organizer". And therein lies the irony: it was that precise ability -- to "organize" communities of voters -- that propelled this man into the highest office in the land. He "organized" groups that don't even agree with each other and convinced them to vote for him.
He "organized" by effectually doing what he does best -- in his own words: “I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views,” from the book, The Audacity of Hope. Catholics aligned with abortionists, black Christians teamed up with the raunchiest of black entertainers, Muslims for Obama marched in step with Gay and Lesbian activists, Wall Street moguls held hands with union bosses, tax-and-spenders rallied with tax-cutters; even former Congressman J.C. Watts, a conservative Republican from Oklahoma, entertained thoughts of supporting this liberal, pro-abortion junior senator's bid for the presidency.
It seems that we all looked at this man, and found ourselves identifying with select pixels in the Barack Obama mosaic. There was something we all "liked" about this good talkin' guy -- the way one admires and works with the affable PTA president, or fund-raiser for the Rotary Club, or Chairperson of the Annual Bake Sale. Barack Obama. The consummate "communty organizer". He out-organized the Republicans --employing a slick team of political emissaries, effectively utilizing the Internet and 21st Century technology, garnering nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in campaign donations (what recession?), and "connecting" with an electorate wanting some kind of..."change". Yes, the Community Organizer -- the one with little experience, an embarrasingly thin resume, and the audacity to seek the highest post in the land -- beat us good.