Adolph Reed on Obamania.

(Interview segment on Doug Henwood's Behind the News, 2/27/2014)

"The main beef I had with Obamania was not the idea of voting for the Democrat against the Republican-once you've gotten to that stage, that's what there is to to do and there aren't any other options which mean much, since we can't have any influence on what the Democrat looks like, it's going to be a Democrat who is a neo-liberal Democrat and that's what it is. The problem was that people kept trying to make this more than that-tried to make the election of Barack Obama a much greater statement of an augury of grand things to come which was in no way indicated by anything which he had done in the entirety of his political career and which was contraindicated when you started to look at his material backing from the beginning of his career in Chicago."