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Obama's Stock Was Topping Even Pre-Palin
IBD Editorials ^ | September 11, 2008 | CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER

Posted on 09/11/2008 6:13:51 PM PDT by Kaslin

The Democrats are in a panic. In a presidential race that is impossible to lose, they are behind. Obama devotees are frantically giving advice. Tom Friedman tells him to "start slamming down some phones." Camille Paglia suggests, "Be boring!"

Meanwhile, a posse of Democratic lawyers, mainstream reporters, lefty bloggers and various other Obamaphiles are scouring the vast tundra of Alaska for something, anything, to bring down Sarah Palin: her daughter's pregnancy, her ex-brother-in-law problem, her $60 per diem, and now her religion. (CNN reports — news flash! — that she apparently has never spoken in tongues.)

Not since Henry II asked if no one would rid him of his turbulent priest, have so many so urgently volunteered for duty.

But Palin is not just a problem for Obama. She is also a symptom of what ails him. Before Palin, Obama was the ultimate celebrity candidate. For no presidential nominee in living memory had the gap between adulation and achievement been so great.

Which is why McCain's Paris Hilton ads struck such a nerve. Obama's meteoric rise was based not on issues — there was not a dime's worth of difference between him and Hillary on issues — but on narrative, on eloquence, on charisma.

The unease at the Denver convention, the feeling of buyer's remorse, was the Democrats' realization that the arc of Obama's celebrity had peaked and had now entered a period of its steepest decline. That Palin could so instantly steal the celebrity spotlight is a reflection of that decline.

It was inevitable. Obama had managed to stay aloft for four full years. But no one can levitate forever.

Five speeches map Obama's trajectory.

(Excerpt) Read more at ibdeditorials.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008dncconvention; mccainpalin; obamabiden; obamamessiah

1 posted on 09/11/2008 6:13:51 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Obama's stock has tanked. Sarah's stock has surged.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

2 posted on 09/11/2008 6:23:21 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Kaslin
This race is over. Even if he asked Hillary to be VP...which she would never agree to after his sexist displays...he will never get into the WH. He needs to learn more about the America that he claims is his home. Book learnin’ ain't everything it's cracked up to be if you don't apply it to real life.
3 posted on 09/11/2008 6:24:04 PM PDT by Earthdweller (Socialism makes you feel better about oppressing people.....)
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To: Kaslin
Going,going gone! Krauthammer hit that one out of the park.
4 posted on 09/11/2008 6:24:40 PM PDT by appleharvey
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To: Kaslin

I don’t think Palin is getting enough credit here. Don’t lump her with snObama.


5 posted on 09/11/2008 6:24:52 PM PDT by Boardwalk
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To: Kaslin

"The grandiosity had become bizarre."

6 posted on 09/11/2008 6:26:38 PM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: Kaslin

The MSM got too far ahead of the voters and inflated Obama beyond his true worth and then sat around scratching their heads wondering why the electorate wasn’t bringing up the rear.


7 posted on 09/11/2008 6:26:41 PM PDT by umgud
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To: Kaslin
IBD pegs the Germany speech as Barack Unabama's peak. However, they don't offer enough credit to Steve Schmidt's Celebrity ad for Team McCain. That as much as anything made people look at obama in a more negative way.
8 posted on 09/11/2008 6:27:29 PM PDT by Vision Thing (obambi vs. McZilla)
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To: Kaslin

Sarah is more than the celebrity of the moment. Charles says “Reagan’s revolution was rooted in concrete political ideas (supply-side economics, welfare-state deregulation, national strength) that transcended one man.”
I say Sarah’s revolution is rooted in concrete ideas too(sanctity of life, supply side economics,national strength and most of all, like Ronald Reagan a sincere LOVE OF AMERICA AND HER PEOPLE) that transcends the woman.....and the people sense it....


9 posted on 09/11/2008 6:28:47 PM PDT by UltraKonservativen (( YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID!!!))
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To: Kaslin

This is a well-written piece. Very clear and no puffery. Wish more analysis was like this.


10 posted on 09/11/2008 6:31:55 PM PDT by avenir
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To: Earthdweller

I agree it’s over for Obama, but Hillary? She’d jump on a broomstick in a heartbeat to get her fat ass back in the limelight.


11 posted on 09/11/2008 6:32:17 PM PDT by budwiesest (I lived in Alaska, and I approve of this message.)
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To: Vision Thing

IBD didn’t write the editorial, Charles Krauthammer did. And the editorial is about the empty suit and not Governor Palin


12 posted on 09/11/2008 6:32:21 PM PDT by Kaslin (Vote Democrat if you like high gas prices at the pump)
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To: UltraKonservativen

Kraut is one of the smartest guys on earth but he is slow to the dance this time. He was a grotchety old fart when Sarah was picked. Perturbed was a word invented for his face the day of Sarah’s RNC speech. But at least he is on board now. Sorta.

SARAH ROCKS CHARLIE BOY!!!! She might not come with an ivy league education and proper ‘credentials”. But you’ll get over it if you take an alka seltzer can call us the morning of Nov 5th.


13 posted on 09/11/2008 6:33:32 PM PDT by TurtleStink
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To: umgud
The MSM got too far ahead of the voters

He peaked just before his "European Tour".

No celebrity can keep on top for their entire lifetime. The only ones that I can recall that retained their popularity until the end were the Beatles and Obama you ain't no Beatle.

It's inevitable that when you get too big too fast people will eventually turn on you, OHB is seeing that now. Once people turn you can hit rock bottom fast and never recover, just ask Michael Jackson.

14 posted on 09/11/2008 6:33:50 PM PDT by softwarecreator
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To: avenir

Obama is a fraud, a charlatan, a shyster who comes out of Chicago machine politics. There is no way this fool is going to be the next POTUS.


15 posted on 09/11/2008 6:35:52 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: budwiesest

No way..her followers would not come back to her...they think ...no, they know Obama is a sexist.


16 posted on 09/11/2008 6:36:39 PM PDT by Earthdweller (Socialism makes you feel better about oppressing people.....)
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To: goldstategop
Obama's stock has tanked. Sarah's stock has surged.

There's good reason for that aside from the personality factors that Krauthammer discusses:

Obama is clearly a leftist, and as his history and connections were revealed, people came to realize that. Palin, by contrast, is a most definitively a conservative, and a novelty in that she is a new conservative woman who is physically attractive and able to more than hold her own in defending her positions.

The left has almost nothing new to offer, other than failed ideas of the past. Most Americans define themselves as conservatives, and those conservatives, after having been let down for years by Washington, were desperate for a new hero or heroine. Palin has come along at just the right time to fill that role.

17 posted on 09/11/2008 6:37:50 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: TurtleStink

Kraut is one of the smartest guys on earth but he is slow to the dance this time. He was a grotchety old fart when Sarah was picked. Perturbed was a word invented for his face the day of Sarah’s RNC speech. But at least he is on board now. Sorta.
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Yes indeed. He still sounds pretty cool on her. I wonder why.


18 posted on 09/11/2008 6:37:56 PM PDT by Nipfan
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To: Kaslin
The race is not over. When LS, and who would know better, tells us here "forget Michigan", and you tell me to forget New York, California and so many others, then I'm thinking the RATS could run a Manson/Kaczynski ticket and they'd get all those mentioned above, plus Illinois, where there are lots of Polacks, and all the municipalities across the land named Pulaski and Kosciuszko to boot!

I'm nervous like a Nellie, and don't know what's wrong with this country where an empty suit, a Chauncey Gardiner can run and win and win easily. And this Chauncey Gardiner only pretends to be a simple gardener while he associates with Trotskyite bombers. What's going on, Marvin Gaye?

19 posted on 09/11/2008 6:39:36 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Are you ready to pray for Teddy?)
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To: Vision Thing

Steve Schmidt= genius

After McCain-Palin wins he will get credit as main architect of the success


20 posted on 09/11/2008 6:44:08 PM PDT by dennisw (Never bet on a false prophet! ::::::|::::: Never bet on Islam!)
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To: Nipfan
He still sounds pretty cool on her. I wonder why.

Pro-life issues. Don't forget that Krauthammer is an MD, and not only that he was Chief Resident in psychiatry at Mass General before his accident. I've seen any number of segments where he sided with using embryonic stem cells and the pro-choice crowd. This is actually pretty typical of people who have a medical background.

21 posted on 09/11/2008 6:44:27 PM PDT by Desdemona (Lipstick only until the election. The gloss has been sacrificed for the greater good.)
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To: Earthdweller

I wonder how much book learning he has.

One can go through college and law school and still not
have read widely. Without having read extensively (or having absorbed the right way to approach the world from one’s parents) one will be woefully unprepared for the propaganda
that comes from the media and popular culture.


22 posted on 09/11/2008 6:47:13 PM PDT by conservative libertarian
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To: Kaslin

I finally figured it out - he’s Milli Vanilli.


23 posted on 09/11/2008 6:50:43 PM PDT by almcbean
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To: TurtleStink

” Kraut is one of the smartest guys on earth but he is slow to the dance this time. “

At least he’s in the dance hall parking lot.
Some of the old ladies at the American Spectator like Philip Klein ,James Antle and Robert Stacy McCain are hiding in the back seat of the car.
My Wuss tolerance, especially from the right side, is at zero.
Maybe we can FedEx some testosterone to the American Spectator.


24 posted on 09/11/2008 6:51:41 PM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: All

If Hillary were to jump on board with Obama, she is a fool. Her only chance is for McCain to win.


25 posted on 09/11/2008 6:51:57 PM PDT by Maverick68 (w)
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To: Revolting cat!
...don't know what's wrong with this country where an empty suit, a Chauncey Gardiner can run and win and win easily.

It's Commie-Whackos + BDSers. 'Nuff said re the whackos. The Bush-Derangement-Syndromers are not thinking. They just want someone totally different from Bush. Ask one to defend Obama on something basic. You get the deer in the headlights look, not even an attempt to reply. I know a few who are normally very intelligent who fall into this category. They're angry, sick and tired, and at the moment, just don't care.

26 posted on 09/11/2008 6:57:13 PM PDT by shteebo
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To: Kaslin

Very good article by Charles...”Nonetheless, has there ever been a presidential nominee with a wider gap between his estimation of himself and the sum total of his lifetime achievements?”...Krauthammer.

Thanks for posting.


27 posted on 09/11/2008 6:57:55 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: PGalt
With every primary and every repetition of the high-flown, self-referential rhetoric, the campaign's insubstantiality became clear. -Charles Krauthammer

And yet Chris Matthews' leg kept on a-tinglin'.

28 posted on 09/11/2008 7:00:49 PM PDT by NutCrackerBoy
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To: Revolting cat!

Me too. I will be a nervous Nellie until the wee hours of Nov. 4-5th, and I know we have it in the bag, and there aren’t cries of cheating and stealing coming from the socialists.

I’m definitely praying for a landslide.


29 posted on 09/11/2008 7:02:48 PM PDT by gore_sux_2000 (Sarah Palin is Ted Nugent with a Uterus!)
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To: TurtleStink

“Kraut is one of the smartest guys on earth but he is slow to the dance this time. He was a grotchety old fart when Sarah was picked. Perturbed was a word invented for his face the day of Sarah’s RNC speech.”

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As smart as Kraut is, he is still an “inside the beltway” guy, thus IMO unable to relate to the realness of Sarah. She connects with people in a way that only an outside the beltway, middle class American can understand. This will be her legacy and it will only become obvious to the DC/NY elites well after the rest of America “gets it”.


30 posted on 09/11/2008 7:09:59 PM PDT by tatown (How to piss off a liberal: Work hard and be happy!)
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To: justiceseeker93
The left has almost nothing new to offer, other than failed ideas of the past.

Nothing real, but I fear this Obama "tax cut", that takes the form of a check refunding taxes one never paid, will have broad appeal. Also, most Dems don't understand AT ALL how high taxes affect businesses, which then affect them.

31 posted on 09/11/2008 7:10:45 PM PDT by shteebo
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To: shteebo

All I’ve heard from Bambi is tax increase e.g. “ I will Provide..........” like he is Samta


32 posted on 09/11/2008 7:20:21 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: conservative libertarian
One can go through college and law school and still not have read widely

You can put a Harvard veneer on a moron, but it's still a moron.

33 posted on 09/11/2008 7:21:21 PM PDT by Joe Miner
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To: Earthdweller
No way..her followers would not come back to her...

She rides in on a White Horse to save the day and the first words out of her mouth are: "Roe v Wade". Come on, I didn't say they could win and you're right, Bambi is a sexist. But 'her followers' would leave skid marks getting out of their mukluks.

34 posted on 09/11/2008 7:27:49 PM PDT by budwiesest (I lived in Alaska, and I approve of this message.)
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To: Revolting cat!
Anyone who has been following campaigns for many years realizes one can never say "it's over", especially two months out. Work like you are 10 points behind. If you think the Dems are just going to throw in the towel and wait for defeat, you don't know politics.

Extremely rough stuff is coming, October surprise, and daily hits to find the one thing that will "stick". The Dems have many more registered and they do outnumber repubs. And at this point, they lead in the electoral college. Remember Gore won the popular vote. Repubs must work hard.

35 posted on 09/11/2008 7:30:47 PM PDT by Hattie
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To: Boardwalk
I don’t think Palin is getting enough credit here. Don’t lump her with snObama.

Agree. Krauthammer is right about Obama not wearing well and being in decline before Palin, but Palin does wear well and will endure whether the McCain-Palin ticket wins or not. Her reception was strong because she spoke our language and no one else was. Kinda like Rush did when he first appeared.

36 posted on 09/11/2008 7:35:07 PM PDT by Poincare
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To: Revolting cat!

I’m nervous like a Nellie, and don’t know what’s wrong with this country where an empty suit, a Chauncey Gardiner can run and win and win easily.

**************************************

40% of the country is either:

1) working for the government
2) collecting checks from the government

The leftists will never get less than 40% of the vote under current conditions.


37 posted on 09/11/2008 7:45:49 PM PDT by ROTB (Our Constitution [is] for a [Christian] people. It is wholly inadequate [for] any other. -John Adams)
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To: Bobkk47

“Obama is a fraud, a charlatan, a shyster who comes out of Chicago machine politics. There is no way this fool is going to be the next POTUS.”

He is indeed all the things you say, and probably worse.

But he will nevertheless sucker at least 40% of the voting electorate, absolutely guaranteed, notwithstanding some sort of political meltdown that will go into the record books.

And - when it’s over - the country is going to be more divided than at any point since 1860. Also guaranteed is that that 40% will NEVER accept the presidency of McCain, and perhaps even be more antihetical towards him than they already are towards Mr. Bush.

- John


38 posted on 09/11/2008 7:50:02 PM PDT by Fishrrman
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To: shteebo

Also, most Dems don’t understand AT ALL how high taxes affect businesses, which then affect them.

******************************

Taxes kill business kill jobs kill people.

There, it’s a mantra.


39 posted on 09/11/2008 7:58:12 PM PDT by ROTB (Our Constitution [is] for a [Christian] people. It is wholly inadequate [for] any other. -John Adams)
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To: Maverick68

Don’t any of you think that there’s a possibility that HRC was offered the VP, but turned it down? As she said in her campaign speeches, she doesn’t think Obama can win in Nov. Being on a losing ticket would make her chances of becoming POTUS very slim.


40 posted on 09/11/2008 8:04:32 PM PDT by downtownconservative (Intelligence sans reason is vainglorious pulp)
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To: Nipfan
Yes indeed. He still sounds pretty cool on her. I wonder why.

Maybe he had a favorite in the Republican primary who didn't make the cut. I can't remember it if he did. I know he was down on Fred(he was my first choice), so I didn't much listen to him after that.

41 posted on 09/11/2008 8:15:13 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: ROTB
Also, most Dems don’t understand AT ALL how high taxes affect businesses, which then affect them.

Most Dems believe in government, having spent their entire life either counting on it or working for it.

They have no concept about how business works or economies function; why profits are good and taxes are bad.

Liberal disassociation from the private sector is almost as complete as their disassociation from the military.

42 posted on 09/11/2008 8:29:54 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: UltraKonservativen
Sarah is more than the celebrity of the moment.

Even aside from politics, she's got a much more substantial personality and history than Obama - so she has long-term star power as well. Obama has papered over his history and he's got nothing but vapors for policy - so what's left is just an arrogant asshole.

43 posted on 09/11/2008 8:55:56 PM PDT by Monti Cello
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To: Kaslin
Obama had managed to stay aloft for four full years. But no one can levitate forever.


44 posted on 09/11/2008 8:59:16 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (Palin in '12!)
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To: Bobkk47
Obama is a fraud, a charlatan, a shyster who comes out of Chicago machine politics.

And those are just his better qualities.

45 posted on 09/11/2008 10:07:30 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: softwarecreator

one of my most liberal friends who was hot for bho is cooling off and offering me examples of How He Is Disappointing him in various ways..I just listen quietly...


46 posted on 09/11/2008 10:18:23 PM PDT by Taffini (Mr. Pippin and Mr. Waffles do not approve)
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To: NutCrackerBoy

chris has a man crush


47 posted on 09/11/2008 10:24:14 PM PDT by Taffini (Mr. Pippin and Mr. Waffles do not approve)
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To: Earthdweller

I am not sure if overconfidence is warranted yet.


48 posted on 09/11/2008 11:26:10 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
"I am not sure if overconfidence is warranted yet."

Absolutely not....anything could happen. I'm counting on Obama to continue messing up but he could still somehow get a lot of last minute lookers.

49 posted on 09/11/2008 11:39:08 PM PDT by Earthdweller (Socialism makes you feel better about oppressing people.....)
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To: Earthdweller

What the last minute lookers are going to see is:

Obama/Ayers
Obama/Rezko
Obama/Dorn
Obama/Davis
Obama/ACORN

Complete with the requisite deep bass drum and scary music.


50 posted on 09/11/2008 11:48:22 PM PDT by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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