Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Another primary, another win for the steam-rolling Senator from Illinois, Barack Obama. Nine straight victories. This time Wisconsin, where white men clearly can jump...through hoops, that is, to vote for Obama. He's got awesome momentum. He seems like he's getting the nomination sewn up more with each passing day, with each new contest. He's the great inspirational candidate. The agent of change. The politics of hope purveyor. So what does the annointed one do after chalking up yet another decisive win? Does he show any humility? No. Right smack in the middle of Sen. Hillary Clinton's concession speech he decides it's time to hijack the airwaves and pre-empt her with his victory speech. Buh-bye Hillary...it's ObamaTime. C'mon, Barack, show some class.
As an aside, the ever-entertaining and Hardball-throwing Chris Matthews of MSNBC did an interview Tuesday night with Texas state Sen. Kirk Watson, an outspoken Obama supporter. Matthews aggressively pressed Watson on three occasions to name one legislative accomplishment of Obama's while in the U.S. Senate. Three times. The poor shlemiel from Texas was rendered speechless. He kept falling back on the whole "inspirational" thing (which is starting to get real tired, by the way) and Matthews relentlessly pursued the answer to his question. Stammering, all Watson could muster was "I'm not gonna be able to do that tonight." Matthews replied, "Well that's a real problem, isn't it?" Yes it is, Chris, my thoughts exactly. Just wait until the Republican attack machine starts asking the very same question....
Now, one last word about Obama. The "plagiarism" issue that surfaced Monday. By and large, not such a big deal...unless you bill yourself as the icon of inspiration. The truly great inspirers get copied; they don't copy. His whole campaign is propped up by the inspirational factor. Kind of makes him look a little like a fraud when the words of inspiration are literally lifted word-for-word from someone else's speech. That makes him an actor.