How did this obscure man rise to power so quickly? He never ran a business. He never governed a state, city, or town. He never served in the military. He never served in the federal government?
The Astute Bloggers has a pretty good run down of how Barack Obama rose to power.
Obama was being groomed for decades.
They helped him get into Columbia, and then into Harvard (according to Percy Sutton).
(More on the ruthlessness with which Obama’s supporters cleared the path for him here).
(More here and here.)
While in the Illinois State Senate, Obama never took on the machine or achieved any important legislation.
Obama’s suporters – including the SEIU and ACORN – did the same thing for his US Senate run as they did for his Illinois state senate run (and Obama won a SURPISE landlside… hmmm…) – and they even got rid of the GOP candidate who might’ve given Obama a run for the money.
THEN… then they got him an important time slot at the Kerry Convention. AND THIS IS WHERE THE TIMING GOT PUSHED WAY WAY UP:
His Kerry-speech won him enormous attention and extraordinary accolades they didn’t expect, and this is when they started to think they might be able to stage a run for the POTUS in 2008 – as a trial run, practice – never expecting to win.
Read the whole thing and follow the links if you’re curious about Obama’s climb from the Chicago political machine to the White House.