Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Anyone Can Be King!

  The New Yorker once noted that he has "benefited from impeccable timing." In 1996, he was elected to the state senate from a heavily Democratic (and one of the most liberal) districts in the State of Illinois. The victory came after the name of his primary opponent was removed from the ballot for technical reasons. In 2004, he was elected to the United States Senate after his Republican opponent withdrew from the race just a few months before the election. By 2006, he was already considering running for the President of the United States! Enjoying more celebrity style treatment and media adulation than any candidate in history, he successfully tucked away controversial past and present associations (including his own wife and his vice presidential running mate when their words made waves), replaced serious discussion of policy with shallow 'inspirational' style cliches, and saw his victory effectively sealed in the final days of the campaign when the Nation was rocked by financial crisis, a crisis spearheaded by the collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - institutions which he and his party consistently shielded from reform and institutions which happened to have donated more than $100,000 to his campaign. And, in January of 2009, Barack Obama will wield a power that some say has been expanded beyond that of the original power wielded by Kings of England - the pardon power.

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