April 25, 2008

IDLE WORSHIP:

Dems' Falling Idol (Rich Lowry, 4/25/08, Real Clear Politics)

The self-appointed 19th-century prophet William Miller attracted an intense following when he predicted the end of the world and the arrival of the Second Coming sometime between March 1843 and April 1844. When the appointed time embarrassingly came and went, one of his followers pluckily predicted a new date of Oct. 22, 1844. The Millerites gathered that night to await the blessed event, and instead experienced what became known as "The Great Disappointment."

Barack Obama's supporters and the media (excuse the redundancy) have expected his ascension to presumed Democratic nominee (accompanied, no doubt, by blazing lights of Unity and trumpet calls of Change - in New Hampshire, Texas and now Pennsylvania - and experienced a "Great Disappointment" each time.


For all the complaints about the length of the American presidential election process, perhaps we can agree on this: it does mitigate against selling people on sizzle--sooner or later they want to taste the steak.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 25, 2008 11:39 AM
Comments

True enough. Otherwise, we would have had President George Wallace, perhaps President Fred Harris, President Mo Udall, President John Connally, perhaps President John Anderson, President Gary Hart, President Al Gore (maybe twice!), President Pat Buchanan, and so on.

Since Nixon was first elected, we have had only one wrong choice - the peanut farmer. The rest of the time, things worked out pretty well. Clinton was no picnic, but GHWB didn't want the job anymore, and Dole was not all there.

Posted by: ratbert at April 25, 2008 3:03 PM
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