William Rusher

What would we be thinking of Obama today, if he were white instead of black? Am I being hypercritical to suggest that such a record sounds like a pretty thin basis for a presidential campaign? Eight years in Springfield, Ill., and two in Washington?

Yet, because he has done well in the early presidential primaries, we are invited to disregard his anemic record. True, he has been running largely against Democratic old-timers: Hillary Clinton, who has been a fixture on the Washington scene since 1992, and John Edwards, a former U.S. senator who is seeking his party's presidential nomination for the second time. But Obama has no significant achievements in Washington to his credit, and whatever he did for Illinois in its state senate in eight years can be left for the citizens of that state to contemplate.

In short, it's difficult to see anything in Obama's record that qualifies him for serious consideration as a presidential candidate, and we are left to conclude that his major asset is what we are all highmindedly supposed to disregard in evaluating him: the fact that he is black. And that alone, I submit, is simply not enough.

William Rusher

William Rusher is a Distinguished Fellow of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy and author of How to Win Arguments .

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