December 26, 2006

WHO DO YOU WANT ME TO BE TO MAKE YOU VOTE FOR ME:

Obama Scores as Exotic Who Says Nothing (Froma Harrop, 12/26/06, Real Clear Politics)

Obama's appeal comes not from the things he says, but from who is saying them. He scores as an exotic who talks of barbershops and church socials in the flat tones you'd expect from any son of the prairie.

Had Bayh been half-Kenyan and raised in Hawaii by white grandparents from Kansas, he too would have become a political star, at least for the month of December. But he is a conventional white man. When Bayh speaks in the quiet Midwestern way, he gets tarred as lackluster.

Listen to Obama:

"There's not a liberal America and a conservative America, there is the United States of America." These unremarkable words, spoken at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, set off wild applause.

And here is the similar quote that got hearts thumping in New Hampshire: "We've got a series of very important decisions to make, and we have the opportunity to make them, not as Democrats, not as Republicans, but as Americans. And it's that promise that I'm most excited about."

Obama likes to say things like, "We can do better," and, "America is ready for a new set of challenges." He is all for "a spiritual recovery."

The senator dislikes the "either-or" type of debate and warns against "false choices." He's not too left, not too right. Sort of black, and sort of white.


What Ronald Reagan used to call the rubber chicken circuit the Senator has turned into the pabulum trail.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 26, 2006 9:22 AM
Comments

Obama beats McCain

Posted by: Bruno at December 26, 2006 11:08 AM

Only in IL

Posted by: oj at December 26, 2006 1:02 PM

Obama is like a new ballplayer who has a great batting average only because the pitchers haven't figured out his weaknesses. As soon as people see that his non-partisan platitudes are just a cover for a party-line left-liberal voting record, his star will dim. But I still think he's just aiming to be Hillary's VP, which will be the occasion for a media orgasm the likes of which we've never seen.

Posted by: PapayaSF at December 26, 2006 4:35 PM

what was his first hit?

Posted by: oj at December 26, 2006 8:04 PM

Let's see whether Effendi "Gift-of God" Hussein Obama may be placed in, or a heartbeat away from, the White House.

Posted by: Lou Gots at December 26, 2006 9:48 PM
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