Barack Obama is inspirational but he also possesses good political judgment. This provides a factual basis for his inspirational call for hope.
For example, when he was in the
Illinoislegislature in the Fall of 2002 when President Bush was trying to sell the war in , Mr. Obama reasoned as follows: Iraq
I know that even a successful war against
Iraqwill require a occupation of undetermined length, of undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of U.S. Iraqwithout a clear rationale and without international support will only fan the flames of the Middle Eastand encourage the worst, rather than the best, impulses in the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of al-Qaida. I am not opposed to all wars. I'm opposed to dumb wars...
William F. Buckley Jr. many years ago defined conservatism as "the politics of reality." With his realism about Iraq, Mr. Obama to that extent qualifies as a conservative.Thanks to Dartlog.