Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Hey Cousin !

Wretchard over at Belmont Club calls attention to an interesting story reported by the BBC: Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga says he's a cousin of. . .you guessed it. . . Barack Obama.
The Spectator, cited in Wretchard's post, says that the estimable Mr. Odinga has promised, in return for the Muslim vote, to help amend the Kenyan constitution to establish Sharia law for Kenya's Muslim regions. Since Kenya is presently engulfed in the messy aftermath of Kenya's latest bout of electoral democracy -- complete with riots and refugees, it seems rather unlikely that Mr. Odinga will be in a position to carry out his alleged campaign promises any time soon.
Now, as Wretchard points out, absolutely none of this is Obama's fault: relatives are assigned by God, and you're just stuck with them. Morever, it may not even be true: the BBC story says that Mr. Odinga and Obama's father came from the same Luo tribal community. That seems pretty thin to me, and Obama himself hasn't, to my knowledge, commented on this story yet. So the Kenyan cousin may be the real thing . . .or not.
Still, St. Barack of Obama seems better and better cast for his reprise of the glorious days of Jimmah Carter: an earnest, preachy message of hope and unity, delivered with utter self-righteousness; covering an almost complete dearth of experience; all spiced with some (possibly) interesting relatives.

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