Tories that support Obama. What should they be called? Obamacons?
There are plenty of them about...
- An aide to George Osborne was "bursting out of their skin in excitement" after attending an Obama event according to a well-placed source.
- For Nick Bourne, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, "The most hopeful event of the start of 2008 [was] Barack Obama’s win in the Iowa caucuses."
- Wirral West candidate Esther McVey told the readers of her blog that Barack Obama had "something unique and important to offer to the world" she hoped "he gets the chance to deliver it".
- Platform10 have already endorsed Barack Obama - identifying his "relentless focus on hope, optimism and change".
- Most surprising of all was Dan Hannan's words in today's Telegraph: "Two sets of people stand to lose from an Obama presidency: white supremacists, and Al Sharpton-types, whose narrative of race relations in America would be falsified. Everyone else, white and black, would be wrapped in a warm duvet of national solidarity."
David Cameron was praising the "compelling" Illinois Senator yesterday (see Ben Brogan).
Dan Hannan, in particular, has clearly come under the spell of what Melanie Phillips called Princess Obama:
"Obama appears to be on the wrong side of just about every important issue going; indeed, were he to be elected president he would be a danger to the free world. But hey – the guy makes people feel good about themselves; he stands for hope, love, reconciliation, youthfulness and fairies at the bottom of the garden."
Bill Clinton - watch this video - talked of the 'Obama fairy tale'.
ConservativeHome is glad Obama got beaten yesterday and not just because it's good to see the pundits brought down to earth. It's very unclear if he's up to the job. On BritainAndAmerica yesterday Joe Loconte questioned his wisdom. Mark Steyn has ridiculed his talk of change. Does any of it amount to anything bankable?
Conservatives are practical people and should be weary of anyone so inexperienced. Senator Obama may yet win the nomination - although noone should bet much against Hillary - but ConservativeHome is sticking with the Republicans for two main reasons:
(1) Experience: All of the top-tier GOP candidates have done something real. McCain is a war hero. Giuliani fixed New York. Romney ran an Olympics and a state. Huckabee was Governor of Arkansas for 11 years.
(2) Beliefs: Core Republican instincts are closer to those of most Conservatives (although not every reader agrees). On balance the Republican belief in smaller government, lower taxes, welfare reform, investment in defence and scepticism of the UN all make the Republicans a better choice.