Clinton and Obama are generating an enthusiasm among Democrats not seen since Kennedy was in the White House. Just ask JFK’s TV adviser.Cross-posted at www.seattleforbarackobama.com.
Barack Obama’s likely entrance into the presidential race has a lot of people smiling, among them Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean. No, it’s not because of tensions with the Clintons, whose apparatchik, James Carville, tried to edge Dean out of his job. The chairman is happy because Obama is that rare politician who can draw out the youth vote, which Democrats have been winning lately. Dean hopes Obama can help drive up the numbers in ’08.
Clinton’s history-making stature as a candidate has been diluted by something newer. Obama is only the third black elected to the Senate since Reconstruction. A campaign that would have been an insurgency, a woman breaking into the boys’ club, has been recast as the establishment favorite. That’s a problem, especially in New Hampshire, where voters delight in overturning the frontrunner. The only way this race could revert to the one Clinton had expected is if Obama turns out to be a shooting star. If he makes mistakes, or if the specifics he puts forward fall short of his rhetoric, he could lose altitude quickly. The reviews of his book, “The Audacity of Hope,” point out how safe he plays it. “It’s the world’s longest and greatest stump speech,” says William Galston, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, who has yet to take sides in the race. “But he can’t get away with that much longer, which makes the next nine months so interesting.”
Thursday, February 22, 2007
"The Light and the Heat"
Eleanor Clift (Newsweek):