Joseph Cannon
Cannonfire
February 29, 2008

Obama
While delivering some harsh anti-NAFTA rhetoric, Obama quietly had a supporter tell the Canadian ambassador that the presumptive Democratic standard-bearer didn’t really mean what he said.  

Some refer to Karl Rove as the "Mayberry Machiavelli." What do you call a political manipulator from the south side of Chicago?

Yesterday, we noted the important New Republic piece which proves (not "argues": Proves) that Obama’s campaign has deliberately fostered untrue charges of racism against Hillary Clinton and her husband, thereby undercutting her former support among black voters.

Old Niccolo made clear that the Prince must never let his true inentions be known to the mob. Obama, alas, got sloppy.

While delivering some harsh anti-NAFTA rhetoric, Obama quietly had a supporter tell the Canadian ambassador that the presumptive Democratic standard-bearer didn’t really mean what he said. Canada’s CTV got wind of the story and reported it. The Obamites denied the story. The Canadian embassy denied the story.

Ticked off, CTV decided to name their source as the memorably-named Austan Goolsbee, an economics prof at the University of Chicago who may or may not be an adviser to the Obama campaign. (He denies having an official position in the campaign, but don’t be surprised if he gets one in an Obama administration.) The discussion was with the Canadian consulate in Chicago, not the embassy in D.C., the entity which issued those denials. Goolsbee has not denied the story.

Even though the Obama cultists are muttering darkly about Clintonian disinformation, the truth of the matter should be obvious to all but the most tranced-out disciples. Progressives have fallen in love with an Obama created by their imaginations; the man is, in reality, just a politician.

Would he be a better president than McCain? Unquestionably. But will he "remake society" and usher in the New Jerusalem, as his supporters hope?

My ass he will.


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