Right Wing Obama Love

There are no omens of victory for John McCain. While Barack Obama can concentrate on campaigning in swing states like Missouri, John McCain is forced to work the crowds in red states which should be firmly in his column at this late stage in the campaign. Not one poll shows McCain victories in enough of the right states for him to be elected.

Everyone loves a winner. Perhaps that is why so many conservatives are jumping on the Obama bandwagon. McCain is a goner and they know it. Yet there is something else at work here. Barack Obama has exceeded expectations in soothing the concerns of the racist, imperialist mindset. Right wingers who openly follow the doctrine of America’s right to empire and conquest are now endorsing Obama.

Christopher Buckley, son of the late William Buckley, broke ranks with his fellow conservatives and endorsed Barack Obama, declaring that he will vote for a Democrat for the first time in his life. Unlike others in the openly racist right wing, Buckley can see the forest for the trees. He doesn’t care if the president has the middle name Hussein. Obama has made it clear that he will maintain white America’s right to moral exception by continuing its war machine and allowing the criminals who destroyed the financial system to keep their set at the table.

Buckley has no doubts about Obama. “But having a first-class temperament and a first-class intellect, President Obama will (I pray, secularly) surely understand that traditional left-politics aren’t going to get us out of this pit we’ve dug for ourselves.” So certain is Buckley that Obama will not make waves, that he bid good-bye to his friends and resigned from the National Review, the conservative publication founded by his father.

Another Christopher, Christopher Hitchens, has likewise seen the path to victory pointing in Obama’s direction. Hitchens used to call himself a leftist, a Trotskyite in fact. Hitchens realized that he would be a much hotter commodity if he eschewed his political positions and became a professional white man. He now spends his time writing endlessly hateful screeds defending America’s war of terror and looking for new reasons to kill brown skinned people who pray towards Mecca.

Hitchens spent the early part of the campaign year showing open disdain for Obama, his former pastor and for Michelle Obama’s senior thesis. He foamed at the mouth at every utterance of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, calling his words “wicked and stupid and false.”

The McCain campaign death march and Obama’s consistent promise to change very little have swayed Hitchens to switch sides again. He opines that “the Obama-Biden ticket is not a capitulationist one.” In other words, they will keeping killing Iraqis and Afghans, giving Hitchens confidence that his endorsement will not be in vain.

These endorsements are partly a result of the critically ill Republican brand, but Obama must get much of the credit for the eleventh hour conversions. He has said that he will have a foreign policy like Ronald Reagan’s. He makes it clear he will address black people directly only when chastisement is on the agenda. If anyone has doubts, the sight of Obama campaign commercials featuring one or two black faces, Obama’s included, seal the deal for the two Christophers and their friends.

What will Progressives for Obama have to say about the conservative pitching and wooing for their candidate? If past history is any indication, they and other progressives will say nothing at all. They made a decision to collude with the Obama agenda that progressives ought to oppose. The praises of Buckley and Hitchens will have no effect on them any more than the pledges to keep troops in Iraq or to escalate the war in Afghanistan.

Obama will make history in more ways than one. He won’t just be the first black president. He will be the first president in modern history that convinced millions of people not to believe the words that came out of his own mouth. “Change” is the campaign slogan, but his policy agenda tells us we will see anything but that. Hitchens and Buckley are certainly convinced that there won’t be any changes that aren’t to their liking.

Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR. Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached at: Margaret.Kimberley@BlackAgendaReport.Com. Read other articles by Margaret, or visit Margaret's website.

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  1. Drew said on October 22nd, 2008 at 2:00pm #

    While I’m a secret Obama fan myself, but I fail to see how Obama will NOT continue the ‘racist imperialist’ war you speak of since 1) he plans to increase the size of the military by at 65,000 troops, and 2) he wants to move troops out of Iraq and plant his own ‘surge’ in Afghanistan. Furthermore, he’s already spoke of actions against a nuclear Iran, but unlike McCain he wants to negotiate before blowing them up.

  2. bozhidar bob balkas said on October 22nd, 2008 at 2:14pm #

    it seems to me there is no war going on in afgh’n; just some skirmishes in pashtun areas.
    and there is the usual bombings, missiles that kill civ’s; children mostly.
    actually canada and US call their venture a “mission”, “winning hearts and minds”, “building democracy”, etc.
    but by any name, crime is going on. thnx

  3. Drew said on October 22nd, 2008 at 2:58pm #

    Have you actually been to ‘Afgh’n’? I’ve actually been to Iraq and no body indiscriminately bombs civilians for no reason. Even suicide bombers have some justification for accidentally killing bystanders. Even if China invaded the US tomorrow I would hardly even claim they were murdering our women and children just because.

  4. Timber said on October 22nd, 2008 at 3:04pm #

    I’m unaffiliated with any political party, I live in North Carolina, and I’m ashamed to say that I just voted for Obama, mostly because Nader/Gonzales were not on the ballot, nor was there any chance in hell that they would have been.

    I’ve been deeply depressed to see just how quick progressives have been to support Obama based almost exclusively because he repeats jingoistic fables about America that make them feel good and because he has the potential to be America’s first black president. By that criteria, the election of Clarence Thomas or Condoleeza Rice would have done just as well. Democrats have been too quick to believe the hysterical lies about Obama told by Republicans. Or maybe not, maybe this is an expression of the true nature of the Democratic Party in 2008, and any idea of them as a vehicle for progressive ideas died with that other Democratic icon, Bill Clinton.

  5. Timber said on October 22nd, 2008 at 3:07pm #

    Bozhidar Bob–

    If the same skirmishes were taking place in Maryland or Oregon instead of some place that Americans can’t find on a map, is there any question that we would call it a war?

    Personally, I call what the American military and its mercenary counterparts are doing in Afghanistan and Pakistan “terrorism.”

  6. ron ridenour said on October 22nd, 2008 at 3:20pm #


    Yes and oh no. You write the truth as I also see it but it hurts so. I knew it back in the 60s when I was in Mississippi, Freedom Summer, and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party was an element of our struggle for freedom. Yeah, and so what, if we get some of US into the Democratic Party Establishement? Aren’t we then a part of the Establishemnt, black or white, men or women? And that is what has happened with Obama. So, that doesn’t change the structure, doesn’t address the cause of the problems–capitalism. No. But there is one change, and that has its own roots in dignity and struggle. He is a man of dark skin and he can be president because many millions of us blacks and whites fought so long, so hard, so determined as we did.

  7. bozhidar bob balkas said on October 22nd, 2008 at 4:43pm #

    yes, nato presence in afgh’n is a crime. it is a universal right to resist one’s occupation.
    in fact, pals, afghanis r legally and morally obligated to resist their respective occupations.
    however, i still wld not call occupation/hunting children/ women a war.
    i do not mean to bring u up, timber, but comparing an event in afgh’n w. the possible event in US that u describe cannot be valid.
    the event u describe is not happening, and has near zero chance of happening even in decades or centuries.
    look, u can’t beat up an infant and call it a fight. u can’t kill mostly civ’s and from safety of the sky and call it a war.
    gangs have no pangs. mafiosos have killed mafiosos. they have learned that from other gangs but mostly from washington gang.
    gang and mob behave similarly or same.
    so, to me, it’s just a gang w.o. any pang that is killing people.
    now,WW2 was a war.
    US, or its forces,were also attacked from the sky and deeps.
    pashtuns have no jets, missiles, tanks, subs, artillery; so how can they be at war?
    the best i can come up with wld be to call it manhunt/slaughter.thnx

  8. Paul Boyle said on October 23rd, 2008 at 2:15am #


    I, too, am resident in North Carolina. It is too bad you were suckered into voting for Obama. The official write-in candidates in North Carolina are Ralph Nader (independent reform capitalist candidate), Cynthia McKinney (Green Party), and Brian Moore (Socialist Party USA). I am writing in Brian Moore who is the only true anti-capitalist candidate running in North Carolina.