Obamania not so happening everywhere
by Jerome Armstrong, Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 07:43:25 PM EDT
Since there is a sizable population here of Obama supporters, I'm going to write something that might be construed as criticism, but it's really just gist for discussion of this very long process. I'm looking at this from the outside-in for all of the Presidential campaigns, and I really don't have a favorite of the big top three, so spare me the self-righteous complaints.
What I don't see, is any of the top three candidates catching a break for even the minor mistakes. It's very competitive at this stage, much more so than in 2003 at the same time. So just chalk this up as a post noticing the early critical review of Obama.
It was at the DNC winter meeting speech, when Obama gave a somber non-partisan delivery to a hall full of the most partisan Democrats in the nation, that I first noted something, and tucked it away in my mind as strange incident, but thought his presence and momentum carried him through the event. This past week though, similar events have happened, which raises the question of a pattern, and what that means for Obama's candidacy.
It just seems that Obama doesn't have the knack to plays to the crowd, or he just doesn't prepare for doing it. What happened at the DNC convo, happened again at the International Assn. of Fire Fighters convention and then during the union-organized health care policies forum at UNLV.
The LV Gleaner and Taylor Marsh were pretty plain spoken in their dismissal of Obama in Nevada.
The big loser: What I came away with from Obama was that he punted. He felt he absolutely did have to show up in Nevada, especially after flying over the state previously, but he simply wasn't prepared. It was obvious. His speech was on point and he's a gifted man in front of people; clearly comfortable with speaking without a script, unlike so many other politicians, but when he talked about the series of round table discussions he had planned before he announced his health care ideas my eyes glazed over. It was obvious he wasn't up to speed for this event. I can't say it more plainly, except to add that no one in the audience was fooled. Barack Obama blew it. Hey, but it's one event.
It is, but the Fire Fighters convention was another. On this, Ron Brownstein has a must-read article on Obama and blue collars: Do they fit? that delves into Democratic Party presidential archetypes (In modern times, the Democratic presidential race has usually pitted a warrior against a priest). But the skinny of the convention was that "Obama received a tepid response while Clinton blew away the room when she followed him to the stage." Sounds a lot like Nevada. What's going on?