Back in February, on the day of the Maryland Democratic Primary, I wrote this:
Watching the coverage makes me anxious. While Clinton’s shown shaking hands with workers at the GM transmission plant, Obama’s got crowds of young people waving signs and chanting. As Morra Aarons wites over at BlogHer:
Being a Hillary supporter is like being the person in the dorm who yells at her partying neighbors to shut up, because she’s studying for a final exam. You know you have a good reason, but you’re a little annoyed at yourself for being such a pill.
I feel like a party pooper because I’m not shouting “Si, se puede!” But Senator Obama, se puede? Could I have some more details on how se puede?
At the time, many of my Obama supportin’ friends (and I do have some diehards), thought I was being a stick in the mud by continually asking for more detail from Obama, and because I said my biggest concern about Obama was that we just don’t know much about him — not enough to know what he will do once in office.
And this week, Barack Obama has been very busy proving me right, crassly moving to the center on 3 important issues: gun control, death penalty, and FISA. Where is the “new” kind of politics? Where is the “Washington outsider”? Where is the man who spoke before thousands of adoring followers in Iowa and said:
Years from now, you’ll look back and you’ll say that this was the moment, this was the place where America remembered what it means to hope. For many months, we’ve been teased, even derided for talking about hope. But we always knew that hope is not blind optimism. It’s not ignoring the enormity of the tasks ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path.
It’s not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight. Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it and to work for it and to fight for it.
I thought that was too good to be true. I thought the Obama supporters were being naive to believe him when he said he would stand up and “fight for it.” Now it turns out he’s just another politician running for office, saying whatever he has to in order to get elected.
Crap. Sometimes I really hate it when I’m right.
Joel Stein of the LA Times received much grief for this characterization of Obama:
What the Cult of Obama doesn’t realize is that he’s a politician. Not a brave one taking risky positions like Ron Paul or Dennis Kucinich, but a mainstream one. He has not been firing up the Senate with stirring Cross-of-Gold-type speeches to end the war. He’s a politician so soft and safe, Oprah likes him. There’s talk about his charisma and good looks, but I know a nerd when I see one. The dude is Urkel with a better tailor.
So. What’s next, Mr Mainstream Senator Obama?