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Obamamania: Is it bad for your health?

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Robin Lustig | 10:33 UK time, Saturday, 16 February 2008

If you can't bear the thought of reading another word about Barack Obama, don't click here. If, on the other hand, you're fascinated by the Obama phenomenon, I think you'll enjoy it ...

UPDATE: And I've just found this one too -- yes, there's a website called Obamamessiah.

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  1. At 09:05 AM on 17 Feb 2008, straightchris wrote:

    Gee thanks!
    I’ll link Obama Messiah to my blog post on the man, that way people will see us linking to the same blog on technorati. : )

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  2. At 03:30 PM on 17 Feb 2008, Mark wrote:

    In a time of malaise which is turning to fear about the economy adding to fear of terrorism, the public can become vulnerable to the lure of charismatic demagogues. This is what Obama is turning into. Obamamania or Obamination? The fact remains that at this point in his political life he is far too inexperienced to become President of the United States and if he is elected, there is every reason to believe his administration will be an unmitigated disaster. There's an old saying that no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public. If he is nominated, on election day that theory will be put to the test.

    It is one thing to win an election on promises and platitudes, quite another to run the US government's Executive branch. He's simply way out of his depth here. Hillary Clinton it should be added is only marginally more experienced. While she may have sat in the lap of power and occasionally even slept in its bed, her own direct experience is also relatively limited. Coming to New York State as she did to get elected, she was an opportunistic Carpetbagger just like Robert Kennedy was when he was referred to as the third Senator from Massachusetts. Why does New York State allow this to happen, why aren't its residency requirement laws for holding public office more like those of other states?

    If Obama becomes President, I predict the honeymoon will end quickly when reality sets in. I know a lot of Europeans are rooting for Obama thinking that his ultra liberal views, at least what we know of them are a lot like their own. They may be in for quite a rude awakening. We have another old saying here, be careful what you wish for, you never know when your wish may come true.

    And who am I voting for? None of the above. I see McCain as the least worst choice. It often boils down to that. Why would anyone in his right mind want to be President of the United States anyway?

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  3. At 03:14 PM on 19 Feb 2008, oma.name wrote:

    I think Obama's campaign is focused on to moderate mainstream of the Democratic Party that greatly put positive effect on his

    persona.

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  4. At 04:57 PM on 19 Feb 2008, Mike Gallagher wrote:

    Could the election narrow down to a race between someone who is too old and someone who is too young?

    What will be the deciding factor then? Age and experience or youth and vigour?

    Most importantly, who would Osama bin Laden vote for? He is bound to make a statement at some point and it will be interesting to see what the voter reaction would be.

    Is it in his interest to 'vote' for someone who will continue the war on terror (possibly McCain) and what would a President Obama do for his plans?

    On the other hand, will a nasty recession make Osama irrelevant?

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  5. At 05:17 PM on 19 Feb 2008, Mike Gallagher wrote:

    Could the election narrow down to a race between someone who is too old and someone who is too young?

    What will be the deciding factor then? Age and experience or youth and vigour?

    Most importantly, who would Osama bin Laden vote for? He is bound to make a statement at some point and it will be interesting to see what the voter reaction would be.

    Is it in his interest to 'vote' for someone who will continue the war on terror (possibly McCain) and what would a President Obama do for his plans?

    On the other hand, will a nasty recession make Osama irrelevant?

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  6. At 06:24 PM on 19 Feb 2008, straightchris wrote:

    Who would Osama vote for? Scratch that and ask yourselves who would defence contractors and the needs of energy prefer?
    Answer: they really don’t care as they have funded every candidate.
    As for Israel all front-runners have ticked the AIPAC box.

    Socialism is an ugly word in the US, even if it means universal health care, bigoted Americans will vote against their best interests just so black people won’t benefit.

    Boycott Coca-Cola and have a nice day.

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  7. At 12:55 AM on 21 Feb 2008, Mick wrote:

    I think Obama will burn out as the year wears on.
    I think he is popular because of the novelty but will not sustain this all the way due to that very fact.
    I also think the woman's vote will see Hillary into the White House when all is said and done.

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  8. At 12:20 AM on 23 Feb 2008, Bob Goodall wrote:

    Hi

    How do they deal with the high level of stress involved in these contests?

    what type of people deal best with stress?

    Is it the less sensitive caring types?, if so what does this mean about the sort of person who gets the top jobs in Government and the sort of policies they will tend to implement?

    best wishes
    Bob

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  9. At 04:53 PM on 25 Feb 2008, straightchris wrote:

    Hi Bob,

    The best people chosen for high-pressure jobs are either aspergic or sociopathic.

    A political leader serves the interests of banking, corporations and lastly the bigots of a nation, the interests of humanity are remembered as idealistic folly that have no place in the real world.

    Much love, see above.

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  10. At 09:38 PM on 25 Feb 2008, Joseph (Maastricht) wrote:

    I would love to see Obama beat Clinton for the Democratic nomination, the worst possible outcome for the US would be yet another 'dynasty'.

    Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton all four of them are deeply flawed, Obama does not bring any baggage to his campaign (ignoring the Clinton camps smear tactics).

    Obama v McCain would be a refreshing change for the US political arena, I find it hard to pick a winner from both these dignified candidates, luckily I am not a voter in the US so will watch the race with great interest.

    I finally want to take to task the following posters comment:

    At 06:24 PM on 19 Feb 2008, straightchris wrote: Who would Osama vote for? Scratch that and ask yourselves who would defence contractors

    Answer: they really don’t care as they have funded every candidate.
    As for Israel all front-runners have ticked the AIPAC box.

    This blog is not a place for you to engage in anti-Israeli rhetoric and you should be ashamed of yourself.

    You mention bigoted Americans, well from your comments you seem to have put yourself in the bigoted camp.

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  11. At 04:16 PM on 26 Feb 2008, straightchris wrote:

    Joseph (Maastricht),
    Obama was pro Palestine now he isn't; most secular leftists including Ralph Nader, Ali Abunimah and As’ad Abukhalil have a problem with accepting that and so do I.

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