July 16, 2008


GREAT BLACK HOPE: a rejection of Obama at the polls this fall could bring lefty riots—or worse. (Russ Smith, 7/16/08, NY Press)

[I]f Obama loses (unlikely, but not out of the question), especially by a small margin, there’s sure to be a firestorm from the Left that will make the Florida recount of 2000 seem like a student- council election. Obama, of course, is seen as—finally!—the president who will return the United States to the halcyon 1,000 days of Camelot when John F. Kennedy brought to the White House not only “vigah” but a sense of optimism.

Never mind that had Richard Nixon, with the shift of a few hundred thousand votes in key states, won the 1960 election there would’ve been disappointment among his supporters but no great surprise. It doesn’t matter that Kennedy was a hawk, a fiscal conservative and, as a surrogate for his father’s dashed ambitions, a rather grubby politician. All that changed when he was assassinated; and ever since then Democrats have tried in vain to recreate his (largely retrospective) charismatic leadership.

In my discussions with friends under the age of 30—including one of my kids—who are enthusiastically plumping for Obama, they continuously compare the “post-racial” candidate to the Kennedy brothers (the inspirational ones, not Teddy), exclaiming that a new dawn is coming to America. I find this fairly comical—although keeping those thoughts private, since I already have a list of professional enemies that could fill the Manhattan white pages—since what they know about the 1960s is gleaned from lefty professors or nostalgic parents.

Of course, in order to win Senator Obama would have to run as far to the Right as JFK did.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 16, 2008 8:15 PM

I wasn't around for Camelot, but based on footage, Reagan seemed more optimistic and vigorous than JFK. JFK seemed smug and slightly sedated.

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at July 16, 2008 8:53 PM

As they said: Is that a threat?

Posted by: ic at July 16, 2008 10:07 PM

I'm convinced Obama will crash and burn sooner or later, and the later it happens the worse it will be. It may not mean violence, but there will be a tsunami of bitterness.

I'm also not quite so confident McCain has it in the bag.

Posted by: PapayaSF at July 17, 2008 12:29 AM

Right, the Obamanauts are going to put down their double vanilla lattes and take to the streets. Give me a break.

Posted by: Dreadnought at July 17, 2008 7:46 AM

Smith keeps quiet about his belief that his children's belief in Obamarama is "comical." Then he goes and broadcasts it all over NYC.

No shame. No shame.

Posted by: Bartman at July 17, 2008 8:23 AM
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