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Charles Krauthammer: Obama's Altitude Sickness or Obama’s Descent to Earth
NRO ^ | September 12, 2008 | Charles Krauthammer

Posted on 09/12/2008 5:07:53 AM PDT by Tolik

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... 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.

... The problem is that Obama began believing in his own magical powers -- the chants, the swoons, the "we are the ones" self-infatuation. Like Ronald Reagan, he was leading a movement, but one entirely driven by personality. Reagan's revolution was rooted in concrete political ideas (supply-side economics, welfare-state deregulation, national strength) that transcended one man. For Obama's movement, the man is the transcendence.

Which gave the Obama campaign a cult-like tinge. With every primary and every repetition of the high-flown, self-referential rhetoric, the campaign's insubstantiality became clear.


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TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: charleskrauthammer; krauthammer; mccainpalin; obama; obamabiden; palin
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...
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.

51 posted on 09/12/2008 8:57:16 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile hasn't been updated since Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: Tolik
It is actually good, that McCain was critiqued by conservative base a lot. Its just possible that it made him a better candidate.

I agree. If the base had just fallen in line (Where else are they going to go, Obama?), I don't think he would have tapped one of ours (Palin) in his VP selection. We refused pleas for funds, weren't volunteering to help his campaign & many of us were talking about sitting out this election cycle. I think he realized that going for all of the votes from the mushy middle weren't gonna get the job done. Lo & behold, he needed the GOP base.

We needed a reason to vote for his ticket & he gave us one.

52 posted on 09/12/2008 8:58:28 AM PDT by GoLightly
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To: Dr. Ursus

That is a Caludian insult. He actually was even though the Pretorians thought he wasn’t


53 posted on 09/12/2008 8:58:46 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Conservation? Let the NE Yankees freeze.... in the dark)
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To: Tolik

The ‘change’ is the same-old hard-core progressive leftism that 30% of America ardently wants, and congregates in Seattle, Berkeley and Cambridge Mass and other outposts to get it ... and 70% of America is appalled at and dislikes immensely.

So Obama could be either (a) a dishonest politician (b) an honest liberal or (c) a vague hype-artist.

He tried (c), but then is shifting increasingly into (a) now.
He skipped (b) when he lied about:
- His pro-gun-control positions in the past
- His voting against Born Alive Infant Protection act (took the pro-infanticide position)
- His tax votes (he voted for tax hikes and now is campaigning as if he wants to cut taxes)
etc.


54 posted on 09/12/2008 9:32:25 AM PDT by WOSG (McCain/Palin 08)
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To: r9etb

I posted (maybe a dupe—sorry!) the Whitlock article on Young as a thread-—thinking exactly as you do, wow, this really applies to Obambi as well.

I agree that Obambi may wring out some sort of political career after this. I guess I should have said his *national* political career is over.

I can’t think of one Rat loser who did anything other but fade into oblivion. Maybe history escapes me at the moment.


55 posted on 09/12/2008 11:48:12 AM PDT by fightinJAG (Rush was right when he said: "You NEVER win by losing.")
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To: r9etb
OTOH, his career up to now is marked by self-promotion and impatience

And support from the Marxist Left.

56 posted on 09/12/2008 11:50:17 AM PDT by E=MC2
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To: ModelBreaker

Well, I’m partial to Charles K, but he did use a lot of leftovers in this commentary. Essentially the same complaint about Obama, expressed 8 different ways. Thus, “nailed it” 8x with one nail.
(Obscure allusion to the “magic bullet theory” of 1963.)


57 posted on 09/12/2008 2:29:07 PM PDT by Graymatter
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To: DustyMoment

Soros is the puppetmaster


58 posted on 09/13/2008 9:37:15 AM PDT by dervish (PDS, Palin derangement syndrome, is that covered by national health insurance?)
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To: dervish
Soros is the puppetmaster

Soros is an easy target, but I'm not so sure he is the hand behand the Obama sock puppet. I've seen other information that suggest that there are shadow figures behind the Obamessiah's meteoric rise other thanSoros.

Until we really know who is pulling his strings, Soros is just speculation.

59 posted on 09/14/2008 7:15:39 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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