I confess to being amused by my liberal friends these past few days. The People Who Are More Compassionate Than You ® are having conniption fits because their president, whom they expected to be bought and paid for by the unions, is apparently bought and paid for by Wall Street and Karl Rove’s war machine.
Don’t you hate it when you bribe a politician and then they go accept a bigger bribe from someone else? Who knew that a politician who voted for the bailout would have friends in Wall Street? Who knew an amateur with no experience – blatantly stacking his cabinet with the likes of Hillary Clinton – was somehow planning to let Hillary Clinton run the show?
Who could have seen it coming that the guy who lied about public campaign funding might have been lying about his leadership skills?
The most hilarious caricature of liberal remorse has thus far come from Andrew Sullivan, who told MSDNC’s Chris Matthews on Saturday:
I mean, when you think about it. And I think it, I’m just, I’m just, I don’t know why anybody voted for Obama in the primaries. I mean this is a, this, this initiative, this, this, this no-fly zone, this war essentially, is, is a Hillary-McCain concept.
You don’t know why liberals wasted their time voting for Obama when he would ultimately defer leadership to more experienced people and thus perpetuate the same old policies? Maybe… and this is really going out on a limb here… maybe liberals voted for him because people like Andrew Sullivan told them to.
Let’s take a fun little trip down memory lane and see what people were thinking back then:
Of the viable national candidates, only Obama and possibly McCain have the potential to bridge this widening partisan gulf. Polling reveals Obama to be the favored Democrat among Republicans. –Andrew Sullivan, December 2007
You can see it in the crowds. The thrill, the hope. How they surge toward him. You’re looking at an American political phenomenon. – ABC News, November 2006
“When NBC News first assigned me to the Barack Obama campaign, I must confess my knees quaked a bit….I wondered if I was up to the job. I wondered if I could do the campaign justice.” –Lee Cowan, March 2008
“It looks to me like students are ready for a change. Many students feel that Hillary Clinton is not a change. She may be a woman but she is not a fresh face.” – Sociology Professor at Iowa State University, as quoted by CBS News during the Iowa primary, December 2007
Before the speech, it was a bit of glitz, glamour and paparazzi. The campaign had Grammy winner John Legend sing for Obama at a pre-rally that the campaign estimated 4,000 people attended. Obama was introduced by his wife, Michelle, who stunned the crowd both with her dancing on stage and the most stylish outfit of the night — a black suit with a high collar and knee-high, black stiletto boots. – NBC News, November 2007
When pressed, Obama acknowledges that all the attention is likely to give him more influence than a typical rookie in Congress. – Gainesville Sun, November 2004
”He’s like a rock star,” said theater student Lily Emerson, 21, as fans mobbed Obama after a rally in Decatur, Ill. In Alton, Ill., where Obama was outpolled in the primary, he signed scores of autographs and posed for photographs with giddy strangers, draping a long arm around their shoulders and flipping the switch on his radiant smile. ”There’s so much in my heart,” one woman told him, clutching his hands. ”Make me proud to be an American again.” – Boston Globe, October 2004
Obama’s forceful baritone delivery adds a special resonance to those come-together sentiments because his life is an epic narrative of the American dream on the brink of a new multiracial and multicultural century. – Chicago Tribune, August 2004
Obama makes black folks I know extremely happy. Those from the Bill Cosby wing of the black intelligentsia appreciate how articulate and academically accomplished he is. Those from the Al Sharpton faction respect his unapologetic blackness. The sistahs like the fact he’s married to a black woman, and Randall Robinson Democrats are relieved he hasn’t dumped his African name or heritage. When it comes to Barack Obama, what’s not to like? – Pittsburgh Post Gazette, July 2004
The energized crowd – some chanting his name – cheered the convention keynoter and waved blue-and-white Obama signs. – Associated Press, July 2004
It took me about half an hour to find these examples. There are hundreds more out there for anyone interested in finding them.
So to answer your question, Mr. Sullivan, as to why people voted for Obama in the primary… quite frankly, there is your answer.
Is it too early to say we told you so?