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Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I have to say I've been pretty disappointed with the Obama campaign. I've been waiting for him to lay out a clear rationale for his candidacy, but so far I'll I've gotten is more soft sepia tones. His handling of the anti-gay preacher flap can only be described as bungling, and his attack on Hillary for not having a plan to "fix" Social Security is just bizarre. It's as if he's decided that his political base isn't the Democratic Party, but the beltway media. The last thing I want to see is him get body-snatched by the likes of Joe Klein.

I'm not convinced Barack is a goner, or that he can't recover from his mistakes. But I do think we are seeing the very real problems facing a candidate who's never run for national office before.
Posted by Arbitrista @ 10:11 AM
  • I guess the real question is whether these are just campaign missteps due to inexperience at running for national office, or whether they are symptomatic of inexperience at handling such complex issues on such a large scale.

    In other words, is he not laying out a clear rationale for his candidacy because he doesn't know how to campaign or because he doesn't know what the rationale is? What's your take on this?

    By Blogger Mad Hatter, at 9:24 PM  
  • It's impossible to know, of course. I think the most likely possibility is that Obama has been trapped by his own message of "unity" and "hope." If you try to run a relentlessly positive campaign, it makes it very hard to draw contrasts between you and your opponents. And without those contrasts, there's no way to give any reason for voting for you. Obama seems to have thought that he could get anti-gay preachers and gay activists to talk to each other, which while noble in sentiment is really better suited to a sitting President - assuming of course that one should give homophobes any respect at all. Which I don't.

    By Blogger Arbitrista, at 8:25 AM  
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