Candidate brings out his intellectual side--CONCORD, N.H. - Barack Obama defines himself on the campaign trail as the candidate of change, the "hope peddler" unintimidated by partisanship or cynicism, the Democrat who has transcended the battles of the Baby Boom generation.
But there is another central, if often overlooked, aspect of his candidacy: Despite his overt appeals to the heart, Obama is also running as an intellectual, making a case that wisdom - not bluster, belligerence, or bravado - is the quality most needed in the next president.
Barkan said Obama is a once-in-a-generation candidate who combines charisma, inspirational power, and celebrity.
"All that is on top of real intellectual substance," Barkan said. But, he added, "I don't know whether Obama's time has come."