The (legitimate) knock on Obama throughout the primaries, and to a lesser extent now, is some variation on the theme that he is ‘vague.’ Bland. That there is no there there. That he tries to be all things to all people……
And now we can see why.
What policies and positions can the newest iteration of the most vicious political attack machine in modern political history attack Obama on? Especially now that Maliki has endorsed his Iraq position, stealing the only real issue McCain had?
For ANY candidate to go up against the smears, swiftboating and dog-whistles of the Republicans dirty, dirty politics of personal attack would have been tough. Whoever ran was either going to have to attack (like Edwards tried to do) or ‘go bland,’ as Obama has done, and try to neutralize the Republican slime machine by not giving it anything solid to swing at.
Obama’s strategy of aggressive blandness, while still being able to outline (instead of explicitly delineating) his barely left of center policies leaves them with virtually nothing meaningful to attack him on.
He is not a ‘flaming liberal.’
He is not a ‘godless secularist.’ He is not directly attacking the social conservative wedge agenda, in fact he is throwing out sops to them at a (to us) disgusting. even alarming rate.
After 8 years of just plain dumb, the fact that he is smart is much harder to smear as ‘elite.’
Since the majority of Americans now oppose the war, he is not ‘an unpatriotic cut and runner.’
So what do they have left? What hot-button, smeary, wedge will stick? What can they nail him on.
Why are the Villagers like Joe Klein, and Andrea Mitchell starting to turn on, and criticize the slime oozing out of Karl’s successors? Because it is obvious that they are…that they CAN, only smear him for one thing. Their tricks are old, exposed and transparent now. They might work on the base, but the base is NOT going to win it for them this time.
What have they got? Where can they attack him? Where do they HAVE to attack him?
All They’ve Got is Black
Oh and……………….. skinny