I detest disclaimers, but for those of you who have never read one of my columns or watched my TV show, be advised: I am not a Republican or a Democrat. I am an Independent, and I attack candidates of both parties with equal zeal. And that brings me to the young hypocrite, Sen. Barack Obama.
Obama has promoted his presidential campaign as being inclusive of all people. Sort of a "No Voter Left Behind" approach. He says all of the right things, and makes all of the right promises. But underneath the touchy-feely rhetoric is a man who has risen to power on a fast track provided him by a notorious political machine, and he has stepped on anyone who got in his path along the way.
Recently, Obama stood by and allowed the DNC to steal half of Hillary's votes in Michigan and Florida. Then he endorsed a plan that awarded him 100 percent of the unaffiliated votes in Michigan. Those two actions gave Obama the nomination....
In that race (the 2004 US Senate primary), Democrat frontrunner Blair Hall had the nomination in the bag when, by some coincidence, a few weeks prior to the election the records of Hull's divorce were unsealed, revealing charges that his ex-wife made regarding physical abuse. Hull's numbers plummeted and Obama sneaked into the Democratic nomination.
Barack was slated to face GOP millionaire Jack Ryan in the general election. But Ryan was forced to drop out of the race when a judge suddenly decided to unseal his divorce records, which revealed charges from his ex that he had tried to make her perform sex acts in public.
The GOP couldn't come up with a viable replacement that late in the game (they recruited Alan Keyes) and Obama won the election in a landslide, appearing to be Mr. Clean.
The question is, how did a young lawyer in Chicago know to challenge petitions in his first campaign? And how was he able to have those petitions thrown out on technicalities so that his opponents would have no opportunity to react? How is it that divorce records of his opponents were suddenly and conveniently unsealed just in time for him to win a US Senate seat which he had no chance of winning? Probably because the Daley machine was behind Obama and, with the help of Majority Leader Jones, was able to fast-track Barack for stardom. Daley is the Mayor of Chicago and son of Richard Daley, the late kingmaker who allegedly helped the Kennedys steal Illinois from Nixon in the 1960 election.
So there you have it. A machine politician from Chicago. Shocking, isn't it?