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Dr. Adolph Reed Explains It All

This article that vastleft at corrente pointed me to is a must read. It’s by Dr. Adolph Reed, a PoliSci professor at the University of Pennsylvania and is featured in the May 2008 issue of The Progressive. It’s called, Obama, No and that’s no understatement. Dr. Reed says he knew Obama at the beginning of his political career. I have a few issues with what he’s written in that his overall opinion of all candidates this cycle is negative though he has become a reluctant Clinton supporter. But his most withering criticism is saved for Obama himself. Here’s some of the best stuff:

Obama’s style of being all things to all people threatens to melt under the inescapable spotlight of a national campaign against a Republican. It’s like what brings on the downfall of really successful con artists: They get themselves onto a stage that’s so big that they can’t hide their contradictions anymore, and everyone finds out about the different stories they’ve told different people. And Obama’s belonging to Wright’s church in the first place was quite likely part of establishing a South Side bourgeois nationalist street cred because his political base was with Hyde Park/University of Chicago liberals and the foundation world.

For now, the Jeremiah Wright connection probably won’t hurt him too much, partly because the Republicans at this point mainly may want to keep him and Clinton bleeding each other as long as possible. And his Philadelphia compromise speech—a string of well-crafted and coordinated platitudes and hollow images worthy of an SUV commercial, grounded with the reassuring “acknowledgment” of blacks’ behavioral inadequacies—has gained him breathing room by holding out a vague promise of racial “reconciliation” that has appealed to centrist liberals ever since Booker T. Washington’s comparably eloquent 1895 accommodation to Southern white supremacy. Obama gets credit for “opening a conversation” on race, for “taking the matter on squarely.” But he doesn’t really speak to what we ought to be doing to address the injustices, past and present, that he mentions. Despite all the babble about Obama’s transcendence, Obama persists in portraying black Americans as a stereotypical monolith: blacks feel x; whites feel y. And the trope of black “anger” is a tired chestnut that neither explains nor characterizes political grievances or aspirations. (By the way, Obama’s casting Wright’s alleged “anger” as generational is entirely consistent with his earlier praise of Ronald Reagan for sensing Americans’ desire to undo the “excesses” of the 1960s and 1970s.)

The only thing I can’t figure out is why he waited so long to say it. Oh, yeah, that’s right, the Obamaphiles would have just stuck their fingers in their ears anyway singing “lalalalala! We can’t HEAR you.” Well, better late than never.

Update: This comment from Corrente is priceless. Reprinted without permission:

jeez…
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Submitted by dws on Fri, 2008-05-02 08:25.
It’s almost as if he has something against vacuous opportunists.