Tuesday :: Feb 19, 2008


by Turkana

There's plenty of buzz about charges that Barack Obama plagiarized Deval Patrick. If you haven't heard about it, just use Teh Google. It's everywhere. It's also absurd. They're friends. It's not plagiarism. But it does raise one important point, that I keep emphasizing, over and over.

You see, Obama and Patrick both use David Axelrod as their campaign strategist. Axelrod is obviously very good at getting his candidates to stick to effective rhetorical flourishes, but he's also obviously a bit sloppy about keeping their lines different enough so that people couldn't catch on; but it's clear that the message of hope was carefully crafted politics: keep it simple, keep it inspiring, and people will respond. As they have.

What this says is that Barack Obama is a politician. As would be a Clinton presidency, an Obama presidency would be a radical departure from the extremist disaster that is the Bush Administration; but it wouldn't be something unique and transformational, that changes the very nature of our politics. His very message of change, and the way he uses it, is nothing more than traditional politicking. Barack Obama is a traditional politician.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: if you prefer Obama's policies to Clinton's, vote for him. But if your support is based on his inspiring rhetoric, you might as well vote for David Axelrod.

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