Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Barack Obama Looks Weary, Sounds Whiny

It's been six weeks since I've been able to issue my late night ramblings while listening to the drone of the cable news pundits murmuring in the background.
God, isn't Chris Matthews a jerk? It frightens me that he might actually believe his own bullshit. But if you dare to change the channel you get Sean Hannity trying to act like an intellectual in a discussion with Karl Rove. I sure do miss Walter Chronkite and Huntley and Brinkley. But I digress.
Tonight I listened to the speeches by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Clinton was bright, upbeat and rather impressive. Of course Hillary has the wind at her back.
What disappointed me was the rather tired speech served up by Barack Obama. I swear to god, he's starting to sound like former President Nixon. Pedantic, professorial and lost in the theory of process. And that, my friends, is not a good comparison to be forced to make.
And all this week he was terribly whiny. He old forte of answering Hillary's attack each afternoon is really sounding tired. Weary. And whiny. Oh, I'm repeating myself, just like Barack.
And his spin machine is too busy blaming other people for his loss. This doesn't come off well, either. The whole group started to sound like a lost pack of dogs, alternately howling at the wind or barking at the moon.
Remember Obama outspent Clinton 3 to 1 in Pennsylvania. But the rural Pennsylvanians clung to their religion and to their guns and pulled the lever for Hillary Clinton.
If, indeed, Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos cost Barack Obama this election, then Obama deserved to lose.
It will be interesting to see if Barack Obama can regain his footing and pull out a win in Indiana.
Why does any of this matter? Because it's 99% probable that Obama will still be the nominee. His actions today will have a strong impact in the fall. Can he muster a solid campaign against John McCain. Whining will really look and sound weak in the general election.
And we still have a real chance that Obama's poorly explained "bitter ... clinging" comments may still become his "macaca moment." If Obama can't beat John McCain in Ohio and Pennsylvania, then this election is already over.

1 comment:

Vigilante said...

I beg to disagree. I listened to both speeches. Hillary was better than ever. But Obama was still better. (And, I admit to having seen Obama fatigued in Pennsylvania) My conclusion is that even on Hillary's best day, Obama is better. The spinmeisters, who have a vested interest in prolonging this contest, want to do their level best to shift the pitch of the playing field to benefit the underdog. (Any sportscaster will do the same.) The longer the MSM can drag this out, the longer they can avoid reporting on the real scandal: Bush's protracted and deepening occupation of Iraq.