February 19, 2008

"An Eloquent, But Empty, Call For Change"

McCain addresses the "ObaMessiah":

I know a lot of pundits are simply quaking over the potential candidacy of "The Chosen One". But, mark my words, the campaign of SWMNBN is only "mostly dead". And even if it were "all dead" I can't - for the life of me - see this unprecedented level of unscrutinized adulation lasting past this spring. Frequent readers know full well that my political prognostications have fallen far short of reality but I know this: 2008 is going to be a trial run for Sen. Obama. When the record is examined, he will be the Adlai Stevenson of our generation.

Chris Matthews (of all people) creates a "humana-humana" moment.

Wow. That was just...uncomfortable. It actually reminds me of the SNL debate skit from 2000 when Gov. George W. Bush (as played by Will Ferrell) responded to a particularly difficult question by leaning in to the microphone and saying authoritatively..."pass".

Best summary of Obama's candidacy I've read so far - from Sean Oxendine at Race42008:

People will inevitably tire of his stump speech, the same way that “Macarena” was a fun dance song the first million times or so that I heard it, before it started to piss me off. You can start to feel this in the punditocracy and in news analysis — what exactly DOES it mean to talk about the “audacity of hope” or to say that “you are the change that we’ve been waiting for”? When Leno and SNL start making fun of Obama’s lofty rhetoric, what exactly will Obama be left with (this isn’t to say “nothing,” but it is to say I really don’t know).

Posted by Gary at February 19, 2008 10:44 PM | TrackBack

Entertaining, and yet Chris Matthews is being classic media bulldog. He's going after a nobody state senator (and a safely white male one at that) to prove himself as a tough interviewer. Let's see Matthews treat Oprah or even Ted Kennedy that way. Not going to happen.

Posted by: tdp at February 20, 2008 01:06 PM

Sucks when the teflon is on the "left" wing, doesn't it?

Obama will never admit it (and may not even be conscious of it), but for the first eight years of his adult life, the President was Ronald Reagan, and Obama learned one hell of a lot from Reagan, via osmosis if nothing else.

He communicates. He inspires. He's fuzzy about the details, but he just oozes sincerity and a sense of genuineness. Policies might be 180 degrees apart, but the style is dead on target.

And even if you can't, or won't, agree with ANY of this, he is sending Clintonism to the dust bin of history. For that, all of you ought to be puckering up and moving quickly in the direction of his backside.

Posted by: Pep at February 20, 2008 03:58 PM


Sen Obama is Not The Word Made Flesh, and so will I will not be lining up w/ the groupies in the direction of his backside.

While he has appeared to slay the Clinton machine and I am grateful, I will not vote for him.

Posted by: kmr at February 20, 2008 07:22 PM