The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

30 June 2005

Obama in the highest

The junior senator from Illinois compares himself to another fellow from the Land of Whatzisname:

In Lincoln's rise from poverty, his ultimate mastery of language and law, his capacity to overcome personal loss and remain determined in the face of repeated defeat — in all this he reminded me not just of my own struggles.

Peggy Noonan amplifies:

Actually Lincoln's life is a lot like Mr. Obama's. Lincoln came from a lean-to in the backwoods. His mother died when he was 9. The Lincolns had no money, no standing. Lincoln educated himself, reading law on his own, working as a field hand, a store clerk and a raft hand on the Mississippi. He also split some rails. He entered politics, knew more defeat than victory, and went on to lead the nation through its greatest trauma, the Civil War, and past its greatest sin, slavery.

Barack Obama, the son of two University of Hawaii students, went to Columbia and Harvard Law after attending a private academy that taught the children of the Hawaiian royal family. He made his name in politics as an aggressive Chicago vote hustler in Bill Clinton's first campaign for the presidency.

You see the similarities.

Okay, who wants to see Barack Obama split a rail? Anyone?

Because I know how they hustle votes downstate.

(With thanks to Max Jacobs.)

Posted at 6:22 AM to Political Science Fiction

Yep, Illinois has had its share of election shennaigans ... one is reminded of the time that the Kennedy clan blatantly grabbed "air" votes in Chicago but of course Nixon couldn't fight it because his folks had the other part of the state fixed ... kinda like two burglars getting caught in the same house ... hehehehe ...

Posted by: Ron at 2:49 PM on 30 June 2005