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
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