September 10, 2008

A WISE MAN NEVER BUYS INTO HIS OWN HYPE:

Fresh blood for the vampire (Camille Paglia, Sep. 10, 2008, Salon)

Having said that, I must admit that McCain is currently eating Obama's lunch. McCain's weirdly disconnected persona (beady glowers flashing to frozen grins and back again) has started to look more testosterone-rich than Obama's easy, lanky, reflective candor. What in the world possessed the Obama campaign to let their guy wander like a dazed lamb into a snake pit of religious inquisition like Rick Warren's public forum last month at his Saddleback Church in California? That shambles of a performance -- where a surprisingly unprepared Obama met the inevitable question about abortion with shockingly curt glibness -- began his alarming slide.

Recall that he went to Saddleback because his camp had convinces themselves that his Obamaness would be sufficient to sway religious voters, even though he opposes nearly everything they believe in. Such mistakes, though predictable from a neophyte running on ego, call into question whether there's anyone around him who can draw him out of his fantasy world to face reality.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 10, 2008 6:19 AM
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