Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), may or may not be A Bama.
But Barack Obama is definitely not Bambi.
“A Bama” being a person from Alabama. Euphemistically, a Black “Country” person from Alabama. An un-sophisticated person. A Bama.
In fairness, Sen. Obama is definitely not A Bama.
“Bambi” being the poor little, cute, adorable White Tailed Deer in the Walt Disney cartoon feature movie. The emotional high point of the tear-jerker came when Bambi’s poor mother was murdered in the forest by the dreaded gun-toting, White Hunter-Trappers (Swift-Boat Republicans).
In truth, the Junior Senator from Illinois and Democratic Presidential nominee with the even, dignified disposition has begun to act like he’s not going to be the innocent, Bambi, the victim-buck in this presidential debate story-line, even if the Arizona Senator tries to be the dreaded, gun-toting, Swift-Boat Republican.
So, Obama’s no Bambi.
In the Great Campaign Debate on the campus of the University of Mississippi Sept. 26…intentionally about “International Issues,” so as not to be about “race” in Mississippi: Sen. Obama more than held his own on what is presumed to be Republican nominee and Sen. John McCain’s strongest turf: international affairs and security.
Many early polls found there was a larger number of independent voters who felt Obama gained in the exchange, than there was those who felt McCain got the upper hand. So, Sen. Obama won.
Pacifica Radio’s Larry Bensky said it best. “The easiest way to look at the debates is that: Obama had to not lose in order to win, and McCain had to win in order to not lose. I think that Obama, in that sense came out on top because there was no clear, ‘quote victory, unquote’ that anybody could see, for either of the two, and with a person who’s got the momentum at his side, right now as Obama does, the Friday night debate had to be seen as advancing his prospects for the presidency.”
Without even “laying a glove on him,” Obama got to take a standing-eight-count over the faltering, downed McCain in the “pre-fight hype.”
The Arizona Senator, quite frankly came across as afraid when he inadvertently called off his campaign and flew back to Washington, then asked to cancel the debate itself so he, and apparently he alone, could lead the Cavalry over to the White House, to solve the economic crisis and save Wall Street and save America. He may have done more harm than good. Nope. McCain blinked.
For more than just a moment or two, Mr. Ready-to-be Commander-in-Chief did not want to get “in the ring” with his younger adversary. For an equal amount of time, he just did not want to have to walk and chew gum at the same time, not against Obama.
Advantage Obama. He’s no Bambi.
“If you want to get down to the basics,” Dr. David Bositis, a senior analyst at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies told me. “The public sees John McCain as being four-more years of George Bush. And the public doesn’t want four more years of George Bush.
“Really, the association that is most damaging to Sen. McCain, and probably is going to lead to his defeat is his association with the Republican Party and George Bush,” Dr. Bositis continued. Advantage Obama.
“I have been suggesting to people all during the campaign, who have somehow confused the Obama campaign and Sen. Obama with Bambi, that they’re making a mistake. We’re not talking about Bambi here. Remember. Sen. Obama has already defeated Hillary Clinton. So we’re talking, a pretty tough bunch of Chicago political figures,” he said.
Obama’s not Bambi. Double-advantage Obama.
Obama’s no Bambi.
Obama’s no Bama.
Proceeding now into the political season, into the domestic policy arena where the worsening economic conditions and the revolt against the Wall Street Predator Bailout-Bill, which not even John McCain could rescue, has to now work against the Arizona Republican, who has voted 90 percent of the time along with the ruinous George W. Bush administration.
And don’t forget: Obama’s no Bambi.