Carol Platt Liebau: Too Young In Spirit?

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Too Young In Spirit?

Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of The New Republic,
has some serious reservations about Barack Obama.

The question is whether Obama's supporters -- and Democratic leaders (including even the Speaker of the House) -- are too blissed-out by Obamania, the Kennedy comparisons, and even the Reagan analogies (will the Clintons now inaccurately start accusing Obama of being Ronald Reagan, rather than just supporting his policies?) to listen.

But they'd be well advised to think twice. Little details like this may well have resonance with lots of people in the heartland states Obama's now bragging about having won.

And you can dislike the source, but Hillary's right: Barack's never really had even one negative ad run against him, any time in his career. Note that right now -- at the height of Obamania -- Barack leads McCain only by six.

Obviously, the GOP has plenty of problems of its own, but that's got to be a sobering thought for the Dems who have so long assumed that the White House would be theirs by divine right in 2008.


Blogger Steven W. said...

I am equally concerned about this phenomenon and coined it Obamadolatry - it's unclear whether it's more disconcerting that Obama's speech is so completely vaccuous or that - behind the meaningless rhetoric - it's so socialist ... or that it's so ... both.

8:07 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

On Hannity & Colmes the other night, they had the Obama focus group, about 60 people, these voters couldn't mention ONE substative thing about him as to why they were supporting him. One said, "He's cute!" another one said, "He's articulate," and another said, "He's got a good vocabulary!" Wow, with empty-headed voters like that, our country is headed for serious trouble!

9:16 PM  

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