As Barack Obama emerged as the frontrunner in the Democratic primary this past February, I imagined a different Election Day than years past. I wouldn’t be as nervous about the outcome because I thought the Democratic nominee would be a unifying figure. Given all the racial ugliness in our nation’s history, the thought of a black president warmed my heart. A symbol of how far we have come.
But, as the campaign progressed, my doubts began to grow. I continued to respect his intelligence and the respect he showed for conservative ideas (see e.g., this post), but became aware of his left-wing record voting record and concerned by his habit of dodging tough questions.
He was cagey rather than candid in addressing his 20-year relationship with Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Then, he began to show incredible arrogance right after he locked up the Democratic presidential nomination. First, it was his faux presidential campaign seal, then his presumptuous speech in Berlin.
At the same time, he began changing his positions on key issues so fast, one wondered if he held to any of the positions which had so inspired his followers early in the campaign. And the biggest flip-flop was his decision to refuse public financing when he had been so explicit about his intention to take such financing.
And now all these stories emerge about his campaign disabling the security safeguards for on-line credit card donations. We can’t trace many of his contributions, don’t know whether or not he violated federal law.
As a result of all this, I trust Barack Obama a lot less than I did when I first started following this election and I’m now wary of an Obama victory.
Related: Stephen Green (Vodkapundit) thinks Obama has run the dirtiest campaign since Nixon.