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Tuesday, August 5. 2008
Why Obama cannot win the election
From a stunning post at HuffPo:
Read the whole thing. The point is that Obama is not a man - he's a boy. He's an Icarus who bought his own hype. Thus his polling is weakening as the realities become clearer. Even the greedy sanctimonious Lefties are upset, even though they think they know he is really one of them. He is exploiting their innocent, childish mentalities.
Rick Moran considers these ideas at some length.
And, as Moderate Voice sadly notes, John McCain has just begun to campaign, and he has some real pros working with him now.
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Oddly, it does not seem to have occurred to commentators that McCain has been doing the right thing by doing little in the way of campaigning during the summer months.
Obama is doing a terrific job of exposing his own weaknesses; McCain has remained largely silent, letting the people see and hear from Obama how badly he falls short on experience, on realistic ideas (as opposed to populous star-gazing at all the usual suspects - big oil most prominently recently, but lots of others as well - and stumbles again and again).
It is often wise to let your adversary self-destruct if that is what he is doing. McCain knows that, and is quite content to sit quietly by - comparatively speaking - and to let it play out.
Toom Tabard was the ultimate empty suit and got rave reviews from Thomas Carlyle, with the most elegant use of ``depend'' in the English language
"Did not King Toomtabard, or, in other words, John Baliol, reign long over Scotland; the man John Baliol being quite gone, and only the 'Toom Tabard' (Empty Gown) remaining? What still dignity dwells in a suit of Cast Clothes! How meekly it bears its honors! No haughty looks, no scornful gesture: silent and serene, it fronts the world; neither demanding worship, nor afraid to miss it. The Hat still carries the physiognomy of its Head: but the vanity and the stupidity, and goose-speech which was the sign of these two, are gone. The Coat-arm is stretched out, but not to strike; the Breeches, in modest simplicity, depend at ease, and now at last have a graceful flow; the Waistcoat hides no evil passion, no riotous desire; hunger or thirst now dwells not in it. Thus all is purged from the grossness of sense, from the carking cares and foul vices of the World; and rides there, on its Clothes-horse; as, on a Pegasus, might some skyey Messenger, or purified Apparition, visiting our low Earth."
I must say, modestly, that I predicted Obama's fall from grace months ago. And Hillary already released her delegates? Her timing is off, it seems, when so many Dem pro's are finally coming out of the ether and are developing buyer's remorse.
When will the distinguished emissary, the eminence grise, the committee of party elders, go to Obama and tell him that it is over, that for the sake of the party he must throw open the convention, and take the chance that Hillary be the default nominee with the best chance to win?
This kind of anticlimatic entertainment will be ratings winners between now and Denver, sort of the New Haven tryout, and Denver, the anticlimax to the anticlimax, could be a super ratings blockbuster before it goes bust! Let's give them their due: Democrats are better entertainers than Republicans; Republicans haven't been this entertaining since the Goldwater delegates shouted down Rocky at the San Fran Cow Palace in '64.
An interesting take. Those who can remake themselves too easily are likely intelligent and adaptable, but lacking inner strength.
It was Machiavelli, I think, who said "Don't interrupt your enemy while he's making a mistake."
Maybe McCain has read Machiavelli.
In the Marine Corps, we had a phrase to describe people like Obama (and Godfather in Generation Kill): "He believes his own bullshit."
Santay ... thanks so much for the good wishes. Actually, Edouard turned out to be a very quiet, if uninvited, guest. "All hat and no cattle" is the Texas expression. We had steady rain in our part of town, but no flooding. Grateful for that, since we got really flooded in 2001 with Allison, and had to move out for 5 months while the house was repaired. I was only 73 then, but moving twice in one year darn near killed us. I suspect it would be worse now. All those darn books are heavy.
Hillbillary still may come out of Denver with the nomination.
Hussein is taking a week off which is an advantage for him.
Everytime he exercises First Amendment right he confirms that he is an idiot.
Democrats I banter with are becoming embarrassed by their magic negro.