Monday, January 7, 2008

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.


At January 7, 2008 at 8:56 PM , Blogger Beth said...

He is doing well mostly among the younger generation, and they do have a rather short attention span sometimes, so you might be right.

I also seem to recall that Kerry tried to act all hip and be on MTV and looked like the choice of the younger generation, didn't take him too far.

At January 8, 2008 at 9:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It took him to be the democratic candidate, that's pretty far.

At January 8, 2008 at 10:12 AM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

When your idea of "change" is yet more government intervention, regulation, and mandates which contributed to the want for change in the first place, it only exacerbates the perpetuity illegitimate government.

Government begets more government. They need to create a crisis so that they may in essence then create a governmental entity to come in and resolve such a crisis.

I dare anyone to argue that government wouldn't be perfectly content having a handful of its employees out digging holes only to have another set of their employees come along and fill them back up.

Reagan said it best: "In this present crisis of ours, government is not the solution to our problems. Government IS the problem." And, that said, I'm inclined to think our want for change should be to not then incorporate MORE of it into our lives.

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