Saturday, August 23, 2008

Presidential Election: People Beginning To Care

On the eve of the Democrat national convention in Denver, Peggy Noonan wrote a good op-ed published in today's WSJ on McCain's rise in the polls and Obama's fall.
An attractive, intelligent man, interesting, but—he's hard to categorize. Is he Gen. Obama? No, no military background. Brilliant Businessman Obama? No, he never worked in business. Famous Name Obama? No, it's a new name, an unusual one. Longtime Southern Governor Obama? No. He's a community organizer (what's that?), then a lawyer (boo), then a state legislator (so what, so's my cousin), then U.S. senator (less than four years!).

There is no pre-existing category for him.

Add to that the wear and tear of Jeremiah Wright, secret Muslim rumors, media darling and, this week, abortion.

It took a toll, which led to a readjustment. His uniqueness, once his great power, is now his great problem.

And over there is Mr. McCain, and—well, we know him. He's POW/senator/prickly, irritating John McCain.
Obama's left of his party on abortion. He doesn't care how far along the pregnancy is: if the woman does not want the baby, she can abort it at any time.

Obama will get a bump in the polls next week during the convention, as McCain may curing his party's convention, but his choice for VP, Joe Biden, is certainly not going to help.

I'll not watch the convention but may listen to Obama. Why would anyone want to listen to Clinton, Pilosi, Reid, Kerry, Gore? That's a list of people who you would not want to go to dinner with. There must be some good Democrats out there; too bad none of them are in the current leadership.

On McCain, she feels that he can win if he takes a one-term pledge. McCain, like all politicians will not do this; his ego is too great.

With the race a virtual dead heat, these conventions and fall run-up will be interesting. It has always been Obama's to lose. We'll see if he can keep his foot out of his month long enough and if he'll get the massive support for the MSM he requires.

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