Obama fatigue; Is America beginning to weary of "Yes we can"?
Original post made by bike, College Terrace, on Aug 8, 2008
Interesting perspective from The Economist Web Link
Disraeli's gibe about Gladstone might well apply to Mr Obamahe is "inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity".
The junior senator from Illinois is strikingly self-obsessed even by the standards of politicians. He has already written two autobiographies. He seems to be happiest as a politician addressing huge crowds of adoring fans. His convention speech at Denver was always going to be an extraordinary moment, given that he will be delivering it on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech. But Mr Obama decided to move it to a local sports stadium that has room for 75,000.
There are worrying signs, for the Democrats, that Obama fatigue is beginning to set in. A Pew poll this week showed that 76% of respondents named Mr Obama as the candidate they had heard most about compared with 11% who named Mr McCain. But close to half (48%) of Pew's interviewees said that they had been hearing too much about Mr Obamaand 22% said that they have formed a less favourable opinion of him recently.
Issues, not orgasms
Mr Obama may be ill-served by his hallelujah corner in the press. The Pew survey suggests that the frenzy of media coverage of Mr Obama is creating a backlash. He may also be ill-served by some of his more over-the-top supporters who treat him like a rock star rather than a statesman. "Barack Obama is inspiring us like a desert lover, a Washington Valentino," Lili Haydn wrote in the Huffington Post. "Couples all over America are making love again and shouting 'Yes we can' as they climax."
Mr McCain also keeps saying that Mr Obama would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign. This onslaught cleverly tries to turn Mr Obama's qualitieshis youthful good looks and devoted supportersinto weaknesses.
It also sends a clear message to voters:
Mr McCain equals country first, Mr Obama equals Obama first.