So the choice is, do I avoid linking to stories that, at least to some people, make me look like a bit of a nut, or do I continue to point out stories like this?
For whatever reason, reporters didn’t look all that critically at Obama when he first became a candidate for the nomination. As I’ve said before, reporters in general are lazy and this is not unusual.
But from what I’ve looked into from Obama’s Chicago days, especially the shady deal by which he bought his house and the adjoining land, he’s at least mildly corrupt. Now, that’s not unusual in politics and at least to my pragmatic mind, doesn’t necessarily make you a bad politician (some of the best politicians I’ve ever seen were also famously crooked). The public tends to be a little more forgiving of these things if you’re also championing their interests.
Almost everything he did, though, seemed aimed only at climbing the ladder.
The only thing I can’t figure out is the two years spent as a community organizer. But that explanation might be as simple as, “Okay, I’m broke, I’m working with poor people and now I’m pretty sure I don’t ever want to be one of them.” Who knows? Again, this is all conjecture.
But most laymen have no idea just how corrupt things can get in the political world. (I sure as hell didn’t when I first started covering politics.)
The Republicans who controlled the county where I worked as a reporter were busily recruiting young, well-spoken guys (like the now-congressman Pat Meehan) with good-on-paper credentials into office because the old guys had gotten too obviously corrupt, were attracting the attention of federal prosecutors, and they needed shiny new faces for protective cover. Maybe that happened here.
Most people consider themselves a “good judge of character”, but they’re really not. Because in order to be an accurate judge of character, you have to be willing to look long and hard into the darkest corners of the human psyche, and your average person recoils at that. (Most people’s judgment is limited to how the person treated them. “Maybe he was rotten to you, but he seems like a nice guy to me.”)
Me? I like to look at what unconscious forces drive a person, how far he’s willing to go to get whatever it is that drives him, and why. (Hey, some people like word puzzles – I like this.)
Well, let’s look at the bare facts. We have this young guy from Illinois without much experience who’s suddenly catapulted into the national spotlight, seemingly out of nowhere. His chief of staff is the brother of Chicago’s former mayor, and his BFF Tim Geithner is a creature of Wall Street.
I’m thinking his moral compass might be just a little bit off.