Friday, August 1, 2008

The Blank Slate aka The Empty Suit

Ameican Thinker

Barack Obama wrote his senior thesis at Columbia University on Soviet nuclear disarmament. Inquiring people have sought a copy of this thesis to no avail. Columbia says it cannot be found; Barack Obama says he lost it.

NY Times
Mr. Obama, now the junior senator from Illinois and the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, spent 12 years at the University of Chicago Law School. Most aspiring politicians do not dwell in the halls of academia, and few promising young legal thinkers toil in state legislatures. Mr. Obama planted a foot in each, splitting his weeks between an elite law school and the far less rarefied atmosphere of the Illinois Senate...........

Nor could his views be gleaned from scholarship; Mr. Obama has never published any. He was too busy, but also, Mr. Epstein believes, he was unwilling to put his name to anything that could haunt him politically, as Ms. Guinier’s writings had hurt her. “He figured out, you lay low,” Mr. Epstein said.

NY Times
In 1999, Barack Obama was faced with a difficult vote in the Illinois legislature — to support a bill that would let some juveniles be tried as adults, a position that risked drawing fire from African-Americans, or to oppose it, possibly undermining his image as a tough-on-crime moderate.

In the end, Mr. Obama chose neither to vote for nor against the bill. He voted “present,” effectively sidestepping the issue, an option he invoked nearly 130 times as a state senator.

It is one thing for people to spin that someone is an empty suit and another thing all together to discover he is in fact an empty suit.

The 130 present votes I'm sure will be dismissed by those with their Obama blinders on, but how do you dismiss the other two. I've never heard of a person being offered tenure the second they were hired who had never published a single paper while teaching for 12 years.

Am I going to believe that a thesis is the end all be all of anything related to Barack Obama? Not at all, but again, it bothers me when it can't be found at all to even look at for whatever curiosity I might have about the subject.

I have no doubt it will suddenly be found if there is ever a Barack Obama ever has a presidential library.

I'm told when we analyze your voting record and the National Journal notes you are the most liberal, it really isn't a fair comparison because you were penalized for missing so many votes. The spin notes that McCain missed votes as well because he is running for president as well.

It doesn't appear however that Mr McCain has been running for president for life. I could go back years ago and find how he voted and note it isn't present. We can dig into his navy record or even academic records (bad as they were) because they haven't been lost and he didn't somehow work in a job where he wrote an entire book about his life, but never researched or put his name on anything expected or common for his field.

So what happens when you try to look beneath the platitudes and discover... nothing.