September 12, 2008

HE MAY NO LONGER HAVE A CHOICE...:

Obama and the Anger Calculation (Chris Cillizza, 9/11/08, The Fix)

So, is this an indication that Obama is mad as hell and he's not going to take it anymore? It's hard to know -- primarily because anger and the campaign trail don't usually mix.

Voters like passionate candidates, politicians who believe (or at least appear to believe) in the positions they stake out. But, those same voters often blanch at expressions of anger, believing it to be unbecoming of a president.

Earlier this year, we wrote that McCain had lost the "happy warrior" image that had served him so well earlier in the decade; his dark demeanor and outward anger didn't translate well on the stump. (It's worth noting that since he picked Palin, McCain has seemed re-energized -- perhaps by the larger crowds -- and has reclaimed that happy warrior image.)

While some Democratic detractors believe Obama needs to take Olbermann's advice immediately, polling would seem to suggest that the Illinois senator's temperament is one of the things that draws voters to him.


...but raging against his opponents seems a higher than usual risk for a guy people feel uncomfortable with already.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 12, 2008 12:00 AM
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