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Or maybe it’s an Obamaniac? Chris Matthews asks what sounds like a kooky question … but in reality, not so much. For once he nails it. Obama is no Reagan and Chuck Todd nails it … he has no core … and thus nothing for his acolytes to run on.
When there is no core, there is no movement. Reaganites indeed embraced lower taxes and smaller government.
But Matthews and Todd are wrong. For those who bought into the hopey changey thing it seems like there is no core, no movement, but in reality there is, it’s just a hidden agenda of big government, higher taxes, greater intrusion into private lives. It’s just you can’t run for office on that platform and win.
That’s why Obama was “just words”, a blank slate where you can just fill in the blank. Now the blanks are being filled in and people don’t like what they are reading and seeing.
Maybe Glenn Reynolds is right … people are beginning to wake up.
That’s no surprise — as that magic was a largely substanceless froth whipped up by campaign consultants and compliant big-media cheerleaders.
The truth is, Obama wasn’t ready to be president when he ran in 2008. When he started, he probably thought he had no real chance — he himself admitted upon entering the Senate that he wasn’t qualified to be president — and that his first run would simply be a PR effort that would lift him to the top ranks of Senate Democrats.
When, to everyone’s surprise, resentment of the Clinton machine crystallized around him, he wound up beating Hillary for the nomination, and found himself riding an out-of-control express train. He rode it to victory, with some help from erratic McCain actions.
But he was right the first time about not being ready for the Oval Office. As president, he seems confused and a bit distant on the issues, leaving the details to congressional Democrats and an ever-growing number of “czars” while he golfs and launches attacks at Rush Limbaugh and Fox News.