Canadian Insights

Sometimes the guys north of the border can see and say things that are obvious, unless, or course, if you're a member of the American media. Despite the focus on race here, Mark Milke correctly observes that Barack's skin color is not his big electoral problem.
Obama could fail because of his political leanings, inexperience on foreign
policy and because his claim to be engaged in a "new" style of politics has
already been undercut, by himself.
See how easy that was to say?
Examine Obama's voting record and he is more liberal than most of his colleagues
and significantly more than mainstream America. In 1999, in Illinois before
entering national politics, he was the only state senator to oppose a law that
prohibited early prison release for sex offenders.

It gets better.
Such liberalism doesn't harm him in Chicago, and wouldn't in Vancouver or
Toronto if he ran here. It is a handicap in most places south of the border,
especially when Obama insults some voters as he did with his San Francisco
comment in April, about how alienated working-class voters "cling to guns or
religion."

But does Barack have the experience to run the world's lone superpower?
Then there is Obama's foreign policy inexperience. True, such a lack of depth
didn't hurt George W. Bush in 2000. Also, with a minority of Americans in
support of the Iraq War, such inexperience might be spun to Obama's advantage.
Except, Americans trust Republicans more on foreign policy and things have
calmed down in Iraq as of late.

And most of all, of course, is the Obamafia.
It's laudable to try to unify a divided people, especially on matters that
shouldn't matter such as race. But being soft on the radicals in your own crowd
or those in other countries doesn't help. Problematically for a fresh face,
significantly late conversions look opportunistic. Obama's problem is there's
nothing new about that in politics.