The Obama candidacy is a phenomenon that has captivated the imaginations of Americans and international observers alike. Nowhere is this more evident than in the youth awareness and response to Obama. APF pundit Hugh Hewitt found it so relevant that he has written a short book that hopes to convince young people to re-examine their likely vote for Obama.
Read an excerpt of Hugh Hewitt's book here:
A Letter to a Young Obama Supporter
There is a lively debate accompanying the post, a combination of Hugh Hewitt and Obama supporters and detractors examining the strength of Obama's candidacy and Hugh's case against it.
Excerpts of the discussion below:
You have missed the point badly. It’s totally natural for young people to be idealists. Obama’s strength, by his own admission, is in allowing others to project their convictions onto his blank-slate persona. He encourages people to see in him their own highest aspirations. It’s a neat trick, but Obama is no idealist. He’s a magician who uses rhetoric to disguise his political ambition. Young people are easily taken in because they lack the cynicism that comes with age and experience. I think any effort to dissuade them from the fantasy will be counter-productive. They will learn the hard way when Mr. Obama is revealed as just another politician. I expect to get jumped on for my comments. But that will only serve to make my point.
Jul 3, 2008 - 7:11 am
“Senator Obama’s success is a testament to the country’s long, uphill struggle to deliver on the promise of the Declaration of Independence’s radical statement that all men are created equal.”
What a bunch of BS! Hugh, I’m sorry…I’m a fan, but you just stepped in it BIG TIME with this crap.
Obama’s success is CLEARLY (if one bothers to look at his election history) a testament to GAMING the system...
There are SO MANY reasons not to vote for Obama, and you hit on clearly (as the comments attest to) the WEAKEST ONE, which is his lack of experience. Young people DON’T CARE about his lack of experience! Period!!!!!
THAT would require someone to THINK a bit more than just be stroked with the flattery of their idealism or their energy! You do the “millenials” a DISERVICE when you condescend to their shortcomings or even their strengths. Treat them like the “grown-ups” they want to be seen as…and they may just surprise you! They are not stupid…even though Obama has managed to pull the wool over the vast majority of their eyes, that is true for many of their parents as well.
Hopefully, the 4 months we have until the election will open up some people’s eyes to the con-man and sham Obama really is…but your “pamphlet” will hardly do the trick.
Jul 3, 2008 - 8:29 am
A brief blurb on the book:
Letter to a Young Obama Supporter
Author and radio host Hugh Hewitt argues that young Americans are being misled by Barack Obama; underneath his veneer of exceptional rhetoric and youthful hipness lies a conventional liberal who is moreover thoroughly unqualified to be President of the United States.