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Denise -- OK, my bad. Berg is a left wing nut case. The point is, the alleged documentation of Obama's Kenyan birth, the taped conversation Berg promised to supply, was never supplied. Now, if a fellow makes a highly inflammatory charge, then fails to follow up the the evidence he claims to have, what does one's garbage detector make of that?
On people voting for "personalities," rather than platforms, one example is Al Franken, a mediocre comic and satirist, with no experience in public office, who still has a chance of becoming Minnesota's new Senator. This is politics of personality. I think Reagan, Kennedy, and Obama were elected in large part because they were charismatic characters. This doesn't mean that a charismatic character can't be a good leader, it just means, IMO, that people often vote for the person, not the platform. If Joe Biden was the Democratic nominee, in the end, he might have won, but IMO, the popular vote would have been a lot closer. McCain is certainly a charismatic character and media-genic, but I doubt that any Republican could have overcome the Bush-Cheney legacy. And if Mitt Romney had run, Obama's margin of victory would have been even greater. Personalities.
I don't believe, but this is just me, that McCain would have given us four or eight more years of Bush/Cheney economics, foreign policy, or disregard for the constitution. In the Clinton-Obama run for the nomination, do you think the final result was based on an examination of platform, or an emotional response to personality?
The beauty of the internet is that anyone can blog or post anything. That doesn't mean there is any reason to believe all or any of it. The problem with the internet is that just having an opinion in print gives it unjustified credibility.
Deer, there's another possibility involving Obama being the least investigated of Presidential candidates. It's the possibility that there was not much negative material of substance to be found. His preacher turned out to be a hate monger. He smoked marijuana in college. He associated with Saul Alinsky and ACORN, a person and group not everyone approves of. That's about it for "dirt." The rest is sheer speculation and nonsense.
He wasn't born in Kenya, he didn't attend a madras, he isn't a Muslim, his "missing senior thesis" was actually an independent study project in conjunction with a year long class for exceptional students at Columbia that wound up in the garbage just as mine did, and when you request a copy of your birth certificate from your home state, you get just that, a copy with a crimped State Seal. It will get you a driver's license, a passport, and the opportunity to become a Senator. No government agency has ever questioned his citizenship, because there isn't any question.
If the Alley had a larger readership, and I were to post the notion that Obama, a follower in the tradition of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, had a secret agenda to insure black supremacy in the US through the creation of a Hitler Youth program, someone would pick it up and run with it, because it plays to their paranoia, and see "It says so, right here!"
In the words of the eminent philosopher, Susan Caldwell, "It's all OK."
Bob K -- check your email. Sometimes PiP IM's wind up in "spam."