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‘Yes we can'? Make that: ‘Oops, we may not'
Published on August 22nd, 2008
Written by: Cameron Slater
Has the Barack Hussein Obama bubble burst? It may well have. There is a great article at the Times Online by Gerard Baker about what may happening to the great Obama-messiah.
There’s trouble in paradise. Cancel the coronation. Send back the commemorative medals. Put those “Yes We Can” T-shirts up on eBay. Keep the Change.
Barack Obama’s historic procession to the American presidency has been rudely interrupted. The global healing he promised is in jeopardy. If you’re prone to emotional breakdown, you might want to take a seat before I say this. He might not win.
How can it be, you ask? Didn’t we see him just last month speaking to 200,000 adoring Germans in Berlin? Didn’t he get the red carpet treatment in France – France of all places? Doesn’t every British politician want to be seen clutching the hem of his garment?
All true. But as cruel geography and the selfish designs of the American Founding Fathers would have it, Europeans don’t get to choose the US president. Somewhere along the way to the Obama presidency, somebody forgot to ask the American people.
All too true, plus of course there were barely 20,000 watching Obama try to be John F. Kennedy not the 200,000 purported by the leftist MSM. Hell even here in little ole New Zealand we got 100,000 to watch a bunch of fake titties prance down Queen Street, arguably more people to watch more boobs.
The fact is that the 47-year-old Democrat, less than four years in the Senate, is still largely a blank page for American voters: a great orator and an attractive figure, but unknown and untested. The Republicans have been filling in some of the gaps and pointing out how thin his real biography is.
The second problem is that Senator Obama is having difficulty – curiously enough – with Democratic voters. Polls indicate that while Senator McCain has just about locked up the votes of those who supported other Republicans in the primary election, Senator Obama is still regarded with mistrust and dislike by large numbers of Hillary Clinton’s former supporters.
Indeed, he still is largely a blank page. Right now the Democratic plan that “He isn’t George W. Bush” has failed because the Democrats forgot that GWB isn’t standing. Now they have changed only their title and substituted GWB for John McCain. The problem they have is that John McCain has been around for a hell of a lot longer than Obama has pretended to be, he is deeper and more convincing. He still has to contend with Shrillary.
The last paragraph succinctly explains why Obama hasn’t kicked on in the polls.
But the uncomfortable truth for the many devoted fans of Senator Obama is that the more the race is about him, the less likely he is to win it.
As the pressure mounts it will be interesting to see how Obama reacts. My prediction is that he will falter.