Is Barack for Real?
Barack Obama is getting a lot of hype right now. Virtually every political observer acknowledges that his campaign is on an upswing, and many are predicting that he will defeat Hillary. There is a great deal of talk about the demand for "change", the assumption being that Obama is the agent thereof.
Sometimes the pundits need to take a step back in their coverage of the Next! Big! Thing!. Phenomenons like Obama aren't exactly rare. In 2004, Howard Dean showed the nation how to take advantage of the power of Internet. The future of the Democrat Party belonged, according to the media, to men like him. It was supposed to represent a new era in politics.
It didn't do him much good. He finished third in Iowa and screamed his way out of the race.
In 2000, John McCain was the "Agent of Change.” The media loved his “Straight Talk Express.” He was supposed to represent a challenge to the Republican Party establishment--just like Obama is doing to the Democrat Party establishment. But he was resoundingly defeated in the GOP primaries.
It may be that Barack Obama does represent a fundamental change in the way Americans view politicians. Perhaps he will shake up the electorate in a way that hasn't been seen since the days of Ronald Reagan. However, the road to the Presidency is paved with overhyped flameouts. There is a very good chance that Obama will join Dean, McCain, and all the other media darlings who started strong, and finished far out of the running.