Skip to comments.Obama's Stock Was Topping Even Pre-Palin
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 ...
"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
I don’t think Palin is getting enough credit here. Don’t lump her with snObama.
"The grandiosity had become bizarre."
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.
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....
This is a well-written piece. Very clear and no puffery. Wish more analysis was like this.
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.
IBD didn’t write the editorial, Charles Krauthammer did. And the editorial is about the empty suit and not Governor Palin
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.
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.
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.
No way..her followers would not come back to her...they think ...no, they know Obama is a sexist.
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.
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 Sarahs RNC speech. But at least he is on board now. Sorta.
Yes indeed. He still sounds pretty cool on her. I wonder why.
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?
Steve Schmidt= genius
After McCain-Palin wins he will get credit as main architect of the success
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.
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.
I finally figured it out - he’s Milli Vanilli.
” 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.
If Hillary were to jump on board with Obama, she is a fool. Her only chance is for McCain to win.
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.
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.
And yet Chris Matthews' leg kept on a-tinglin'.
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.
“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 Sarahs RNC speech.”
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”.
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.
All I’ve heard from Bambi is tax increase e.g. “ I will Provide..........” like he is Samta
You can put a Harvard veneer on a moron, but it's still a moron.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And those are just his better qualities.
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...
chris has a man crush
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.
What the last minute lookers are going to see is:
Complete with the requisite deep bass drum and scary music.