Barack, You Don’t Have to Worry About My Soul

Mon, February 25, 2008

Moms & Politics

I hate to agree with uber-conservative Bill Kristol on anything, but I guess just on pure statistics it was bound to happen at some point in my life.

I’ve been having this nagging feeling that something just didn’t feel right to me about Barack Obama that I couldn’t quite put my finger on.

Ultimately, that’s what led me to cast my vote for Hillary Clinton in our primary a couple of weeks ago. I am loathe to tip my hat to someone on the Fox News side of things, but Kristol helped me focus on the things about Obama that’s been bugging me.

In Kristol’s op-ed column in The New York Times entitled It’s All About Him, Kristol touches on the slightly holier-than-thou attitude of the Obamas in their campaign comments. Not all the time, and not usually when the main stream media is around, but it’s there and I must say I don’t need that in a candidate for President.

Yes, Barack has inspiring speeches and, as a lifelong Democrat, I acknowledge that his positions are WAY better on the things that are important to me than any of the Republicans.

I usually don’t even read Bill Kristol, but the headline grabbed me. As I read, he referred to some speeches by Michelle Obama:

“Barack knows that at some level there’s a hole in our souls.” This was
a variation of language she had used earlier on the campaign trail:
“Barack Obama is the only person in this race who understands that,
that before we can work on the problems, we have to fix our souls. Our
souls are broken in this nation.”

Excuse me, but my soul is fine, thank you very much. I don’t need any politician, no matter how well-intentioned, telling me that I need to worry about my soul — immortal, political or otherwise — or that they want to worry about it for me.

Talk to me about policy and make me feel that you and your spouse can take this country in a new direction. Let me know in detail what you’re going to do to make this a better country for me and for my family. But please don’t lecture me about my soul. That just pisses me off.

Maybe Barack and Michelle think they’ve got a right to wag their fingers about my commitment to being involved or that I need to work harder because Barack Obama is going to demand that I “shed my cynicism.” But that just shows they think all voters are disconnected and that they believe they’re the ones to hook us back up.

I don’t want any candidates to feel they have the right to demand anything of me. They can ask for my vote, politely and courteously. They can try to persuade or even cajole. If they want my involvement in their campaign or my money, they need to use their nice words — if my eight-year-old daughter can grasp that concept, they can, too. She also knows if she cops an attitude, she’ll get nothing. For me, the same goes for politicians.

If Obama is the Democratic candidate, I will vote for him. But he and Michelle need to stop making me feel like I’m not as good as they are politically by talking about what their expectations are for me as a political woman.

My cynicism is what makes me a political animal. And my Democratic soul has been doing pretty well since my first vote in a presidential campaign when the Obamas were still in junior high school.

So Barack and Michelle, if you can start talking to me with a little respect, I’ll listen. But you’ll need to stay focused on the substance if you want to keep me around.

Cross-posted from MOMocrats, where you can find a lot of other political moms weighing in on the presidential race.

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6 Responses to “Barack, You Don’t Have to Worry About My Soul”

  1. Sunshine Says:

    Some people want “religion”.


    There are sects of people, like yourself, in every party and ideological group, that do their research, follow politics, know where candidates stand and vote with information as their ally.

    Then, there are people who vote on emotion. They vote because they want “something”, and they don’t really know what that something is, but they just want to see a candidate and feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Some people WANT to be told what to do, how to be, how to think….they look to politicians (and others in positions of perceived or actual importance) to help them figure this out.

    They wanna drink the Koolaid. Every politician has their brand of Koolaid to appeal to these emotional voters. I imagine, as tinny as it sounded in your ears, there is something about it that was EXACTLY what somebody else has been longing to hear.

    It’s still an interesting race and all these different groups of voters have been nothing if not unpredictable. I’m almost sad for you when the election will be over when the analysis will ebb! :)

    Additionally, I don’t have any concerns about my soul either.

  2. Amy [Taste Like Crazy] Says:

    His political proselytizing tend to get old.

  3. Amy [Taste Like Crazy] Says:

    And a “s” to the end of “tend” would ya? :)

  4. SUEB0B Says:

    Kristol is a nasty hack. They pick on Barack for stuff like this because they don’t have anything real to say.

    We ARE broken, we DO have holes in our soul. Can we really deny that? Our economy is screwed, China owns us, we torture, we start wars over nothing – we ARE sick. We do need healing, and I don’t mind someone pointing it out.

    Hillary is a cheat and I won’t vote for her, ever, if she insists on seating the FLA and Michigan delegates. That makes me sick.

  5. Sherry Says:

    I am one of those who can fall victim to the Wow factor of a speaker. The more golden the rhetoric, the more I swoon. I very aware of this chink however, and so I am wary of those who make me feel that way.

    Make no mistake I will vote for Obama if he is the candidate, but i have a funny feeling about him nonetheless that there is a bit less to him than it sounds like.

    And Michelle? I simply don’t like her. I don’t know exactly why, but I just don’t.

  6. Gunfighter Says:

    I suspect the rhetoric is more about the collective soul of the nation, PM.

    HRC doesn’t care about the soul of the nation… just sending our soldiers to war.

    Given the choice, HRC gets nothing but scorn from me.

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