April 22, 2008

YOU'VE GOT TWO EQUALLY LIKELY POSSIBILITIES...:

Right Turn (Howard Kurtz, 4/22/08, Washington Post)

In the aftermath of Iowa, a striking number of conservative commentators were saying nice things about Barack Obama.

David Brooks: "You'd have to have a heart of stone not to be moved by this . . . This is a huge moment."

The Weekly Standard: "The classiest candidate on the Democratic side."

Townhall's Amanda Carpenter: "Who's not proud of this kid? He has a story people feel good about."

Peggy Noonan said Obama won the caucuses "with a classy campaign, an unruffled manner, and an appeal on the stump that said every day, through the lines: Look at who I am and see me, the change that you desire is right here, move on with me and we will bring it forward together."

Now, on the eve of today's Pennsylvania showdown, not so much.

Perhaps Obama has said and done things that have caused said commentators to reconsider their initial enthusiasm. Perhaps they were enamored of Obama only because he could sideline their longtime bete noire Hillary Clinton. Or perhaps, with Obama close to wrapping up the Democratic nomination, some are falling into line.


...it would hardly be surprising if they were so ignorant that they bought Senator Obama's post-political shuck-n-jive, but the Beltway Right was also in full Anybody-but-McCain mode at that point.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 22, 2008 10:12 AM
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Dead on, Orrin.

Anyone still remember Peggy Noonan's swooning over Romney like she was at a Tom Jones concert. Odd, to say the least.

There was a self-serving proclamation of BHO's inevitability at that time, too. "Barak is so young and handsome and vigorous. We need a candidate equally as young and handsome and vigorous (Romney) and not a cranky, old man (McCain).

Old and cranky appears to have won the day.

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at April 22, 2008 6:56 PM

Admittedly it's encouraging to see a black man run for president and not be held back because of his race. Indeed, when he loses it will be because of his liberalism and his unpopular positions, and not for other reasons.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at April 22, 2008 9:48 PM
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