Friday, September 12, 2008

Will Barack Obama Lose?

Is the press starting to write the story of how Barack Obama lost? Consider this article, written by Gerard Baker in today's The Times (London).

"There is a yawning gulf between what the Democratic candidate says and how he has acted. That's why the race is so close," writes Baker.

"The essential problem coming to light is a profound disconnect between the Barack Obama of the candidate's speeches, and the Barack Obama who has actually been in politics for the past decade or so. . . .Politician Obama has toed his party's line more reliably than almost any other Democrat in US politics. He has a near-perfect record of voting with his side. He has the most solidly left-wing voting history in the Senate. His one act of bipartisanship, a transparency bill co-sponsored with a Republican senator, was backed by everybody on both sides of the aisle. He has never challenged his party's line on any issue of substance."
Closer to home, Charles Krauthammer traces the rise and fall of Barack Obama through five key speeches: the Democratic Convention in 2004; the speech after the Iowa primary; the slowing oceans and healing planet speech on the night of the last primary; the speech in Berlin; and the speech at the 2008 Democratic Convention. In a nutshell, his analysis is that Obma was and is all style and no substance, and in the celebrity game "One star fades, another is born. . . .McCain picks Sarah Palin and a new celebrity is launched. And in the celebrity game, novelty is trump."


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