Yesterday on MSNBC national television,former Republican Senator Bob Dole
claimed that Barack Obama ‘s supporters appeared to be a cult led by some sort of
What is going on here? First we saw Bill Clinton, a Democrat and disgraced former President, saying to the media in Iowa, “Now c’mon, this is a fairytale” when dismissing Obama’s win.
He kept repeating this obvious slight on Obama right up to the South Carolina Primary. Then to his chagrin, Obama convincingly won that contest by an even bigger margin. When Clinton realised what the growing public outcry about his conduct was doing to his wife’s numbers in the polls, he suddenly became a lot less visible and a lot more devious.
When Bob Dole called Obama a “Pied Piper” during an interview highlighting the growing momentum of the Obama campaign I suddenly recalled the famous fairytale of our childhood. “The Pied Piper of Hamelin”. How the hero of the story was hired by the authorities to get rid of all of the rats in town. When he succeeded and asked to be paid, they reneged on the deal – etc.
The point being, that Barack only wants to change Washington. Getting rid of all the rats in that town? Now that would be a fairytale! More like mission impossible. What is it with Mssrs Dole and Clinton and their seeming obsession with fairytales and Senator Obama.
Whether he realises it, Bob Dole has insulted many decent people simply because they have exercised their right to support someone other than his preferred candidate. Believing that his friend John McCain could defeat Mrs Clinton, Dole’s flawed strategy was to try and checkmate Obama. That’s easier said than done.
This is precisely what people everywhere have come to expect from the old style of politics. In the USA it’s just more Washington inuendo. Which is why people want CHANGE!
Fortunately the comments by Bob Dole and Bill Clinton will not resonate with the electorate. They represent the politicians of the past. If anything this will only increase people’s resolve to see Barack Obama sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America in January 2009.
A new day is dawning in American politics. Change will bring new people, new ways of thinking, renewal, hope for the future and over time, positive results. The rest of world can’t wait either.
The reality is that both Bob Dole and Bill Clinton in their younger days, would have felt just as passionately about change as Obama and his supporters do today. It is easy to understand how years of doing things the Washington way could wear some people down, make them more cynical, combative, less politically courageous and as history has shown, sometimes even worse.
As Obama has always maintained. It’s the Washington Way. And it has to change!