My friend Mike Reynolds tipped me to Spengler’s article in the Asia Times on Barack Obama–Obama’s women reveal his secret. Most political opinion is dross, including much of my own. Spengler often tends to go off half-cocked, but he’s often interesting. Here he may even be right. If you haven’t read it, take a look.
Meanwhile, as I watch the continued NAFTA-baiting by Clinton and Obama, I find them increasingly despicable. What utter liars. Can the American public be so stupid they don’t recognize this? We shall see.
To the best I can gather, here is what most likely happened to set off CTV’s reporting that the Obama campaign is fudging the truth about its NAFTA intentions. Someone from the Canadian consul general’s office in Chicago got to talking with Dr. Austan Goolsbee, he the principle economic adviser to Sen. Obama, and NAFTA came up. Mr. Goolsbee may have warned him that the rhetoric about NAFTA might be amped up and that the policy follow through might not be as drastic as the volume of the rhetoric would indicate. By no means, though, does that mean that Obama isn’t serious about renegotiating the labor and environmental provisions of NAFTA — just that, Goolsbee may well have said, Obama recognizes that the normative case for NAFTA is not as one-sided as general campaign trail bromides make it out to be.
First of all, I don’t believe this is the full story by a long shot. But even if it is it does not speak well of the veracity of the Obama campaign. The Politician of Hope and Change appears to have a great deal of contempt for the public if he feels it’s necessary to distort reality on free trade to this degree to get elected. What else is he distorting? … I could ask the next obvious question — then who is he really? But that would take you back to Spengler. For all of us, I hope he’s wrong.