"MoveOn shows what Americans can achieve when we come together in a grass-roots movement for change," declared Barack Obama -- apparently not recognizing crabgrass for the weed it is (above, invading our terrace last summer) -- in a statement issued a couple of weeks back in response to the Soros-seeded "progressive" organization's endorsement of his candidacy.
"Without a formidable Republican opponent in his U.S. Senate race, Barack Obama has little reason not to take money from billionaire liberal financier George Soros, a man other Democrats keep at a distance," wrote Robert S. Bluey in CNSNews back in July of 2004 on the eve of the emerging national leader's prime-time address at the Democratic National Convention:
Obama, however, is different from most Democrats because of his willingness to embrace the controversial Soros [blogged here early and often]. Shortly after Soros equated the abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Obama joined him for a New York fund-raiser June 7.
The event, held at Soros' home, boosted Obama's campaign at a time he was still facing a challenge from Republican Jack Ryan. After news broke about information in Ryan's divorce records, the candidate was forced to drop out.
Fast forward to today's London Times, where the premier UK daily's Washington correspondent is taking Obama's deputy campaign manager Steve Hildebrand -- "the chief author of Barack Obama's grass-roots strategy" -- at his word, failing to cast a fair-and-balanced eye in the direction of the above-mentioned
Burpee Soros seed money, not to mention the healthy dose of Scotts Oprah's Miracle-Gro that gave those "grass roots" a top-down steroidal edge from the get-go. We're reminded of the disingenuousness of the big man's own "bafflement," in the wake of Oprah's informal endorsement over a year ago in December of 2006, blogged back then in "Did Obama just call me a racist?":
“Are some voters not going to vote for me because I’m African-American? Those are the same voters who probably wouldn’t vote for me because of my politics,” Barack Obama told ecstatic New Hampshire voters yesterday. Being one of those voters who probably wouldn't vote for him because of his politics, we were naturally offended at his suggestion that people like us are racists. Swept up in the locals' devotional hysteria, however, the media didn't seem to notice. Folks hear what they want to hear . . . "Obviously, it is flattering to get a lot of attention, but I must say it is baffling, particularly to my wife," Obama quipped.
As we asked rhetorically at the time, "You don't suppose Oprah's endorsement might have had something to do with it?" Still, our hat is off to Hildebrand, the self-described "big fat goof" of a campaign mastermind who -- according to the Times account -- analyzed the Clinton approach and did the opposite:
While Hillary Clinton has won most of the key contests that she has made a priority, Mr Obama is leading the race for delegates because he has picked up most of the other states. “We have competed in large and small states -- primaries and caucuses -- and not let any state go by,” Mr Hildebrand explains in an interview with The Times. “It's beyond me why the Clinton campaign did not do the same.”
“I don't want to be like Karl Rove," the wide-eyed Karl Rove wannabe of the Obama campaign told the Times:
"One person in politics does not have that much influence on anything. Rove built an image for himself as the guy who got Bush elected twice. Sure -- and then they went forward to destroy this country.”
When Mr Obama's advisers started to consider a run for the White House in November 2006, it took a “big leap of faith” to put together an insurgent campaign “with no donor base up against the Clintons.”
Yes. A big leap of faith and a big steaming pile of Soros money and Oprah hype.
Update: Speaking of big leaps of faith and steaming piles, Barack's missus declares [via Michelle Malkin] "Our souls are broken in this nation," and "Barack Obama is the only person in this who understands that." Saints preserve us!
Update II: Captain Ed has the last word:
Government doesn't exist to save souls; it exists to ensure domestic tranquility and provide for the common defense. If I feel my soul needs saving, the very last place I'd look (in the US) for a savior would be Washington DC or Capitol Hill. I'll trust God and Jesus Christ with my soul, and I'm not going to mistake Barack Obama for either one.
Update: Maggie's Farm links.
Update II: "Yes indeedy -- fertilizer does make things grow," comments Elisson:
Presenting the Obama Mushroom Farm! Just add manure and keep everyone in the dark.
The man does have a way with words. Also with the catcam. Be sure to treat yourself to his Whistlerian Symphony in Beige No. 1, AKA The Beige Puddies.