September 10, 2008

STOP THE UNICORN RIDE, I WANT TO GET OFF:

From the Gut (THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN, 9/10/08, NY Times)

Somebody needs to tell Obama that if he wants the chance to calmly answer the phone at 3 a.m. in the White House, he is going to need to start slamming down some phones at 3 p.m. along the campaign trail. I like much of what he has to say, especially about energy, but I don’t think people are feeling it in their guts, and I am a big believer that voters don’t listen through their ears. They listen through their stomachs.

If you as a politician connect with voters on a gut level, they will follow you anywhere and not fret about the details. If you don’t connect with them on a gut level, you can’t show them enough details. Obama early on, and particularly with young people, connected on a gut level like no other politician since Ronald Reagan.

But in recent weeks, I feel as though he has lost that gut connection.


That's unfair to both the Senator and Ronald Reagan. The reason it took so long to put Hillary away was because Mr. Obama was incapable of connecting to his own party on a gut level, which is why he kept losing primaries. He could connect with the brains of elites and activists, the imaginations of college students, and the skin of black folks, but he kept losing when the vote was broader than a caucus room or a black-dominated primary.

This must be even more worrisome for the Left than Mr. Friedman's scenario. It's not just a matter of reconnecting--the truth is he never connected to begin with.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 10, 2008 9:38 AM
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