Senator Ted Kennedy sent out an email appeal for donations for the Obama campaign today and also has a post on DKos and BarackObama.com about his endorsement of Barack Obama. While I have the utmost respect for Senator Kennedy and consider myself to be (as I have said here before) a life long Kennedy Democrat, I feel some what dismayed by his claims that Obama is “a leader who has the extraordinary ability to move our country past the politics of fear and personal destruction.”
My reasoning is this, Barack Obama has himself been engaging in the politics of “personal destruction” and then disingenuously claiming to not be. Case in point, his latest speech in Denver today, in which Obama called Senator Clinton a “divisive figure,” and distorted Clinton’s record. Is that not the politics of “personal destruction”? I believe it is.
So, here’s a question I posed to Senator Kennedy on DKos a while ago:
Barack Obama went on the attack today, in a speech in which he highly criticized Senator Clinton and offered little view on the issues or policy.
How exactly is this calling “forth the best in our country and our people” and moving “our country past the politics of fear and personal destruction” ?
I have noticed for some time now a stark contrast in the stump speeches of both of our front-runners. While Obama speaks in platitudes on the issues, Hillary Clinton offers a clear, substantive vision of her plans for the future of our nation. Time and time again she speaks on the issues with confidence, while Obama and his surrogates, including Ted and Caroline Kennedy simply speak about vision and ideals. Obama has always seemed willing to draw a distinction between himself and Clinton, and today was no exception, but what always seems to be missing is concrete proposals.
What I find most fascinating is the fact that his supporters continually applaud his attacks on Clinton while claiming that he has risen above the “politics of the past.” Some of us are not so gullible.
UPDATE: And speaking of not so gullible… Go read Greg Prince’s guest post on The Reaction: Kennedy for Obama. It’s an eye-opener.