September 13, 2008

Out of airspeed, out of altitude, and out of ideas

Read this piece by Charles Krauthammer at National Review. It tracks the trajectory of Obama's rise on the national stage, his peak in the primaries, and now descent. Money point: the Berlin speech was his "jump the shark" moment. Ol' Charles invites us to compare this image of Obama with this one of Palin. To use a Virginia politics analogy, The One will be remembered as the Mary Sue Terry of 2008, one whose rise to high to public office was seen as historic, inevitible, but ultimately, unattainable. Sarah Palin is the early George Allen of this campaign, down to earth, solid conservative, disparaged by the media, and a hit with the public.

Posted by LMC at September 13, 2008 06:23 AM | TrackBack

Reminds me of a question my Air Force T-38 flight instructor would ask in 1971. "What do you do when you are out of airspeed, out of altitude, and out of ideas? Wind the clock." Kind of Zen, actually.


Posted by: Tregonsee at September 13, 2008 06:32 AM

Sen Obama's post political, bring all together and heal the nation, planet, universe, etc facade has shattered in the 'ends justifies the means' approach to stop the Republican resurgence.

Posted by: kmr at September 13, 2008 08:23 AM

Obama has suffered a 'wipe-out'
and he hasn't managed to get back on his board.

Posted by: Marvin at September 13, 2008 06:01 PM