Obama and the Heavy Hand of Time

Punditdad has been a fan of Barry for more than a year now, ever since his 2004 speech. Punditdad was a fan of all non-establishment democratic primary contestants in the past several cycles, Howard Dean, Bill Bradley to name a few. But of course, those gentlemen made a number of calculated errors in their campaigns and they were not running during a huge economic downturn, the longest running war in US history and to replace the most unpopular president in American history.

As the primary process has continued, my love of Barry has waxed and waned as I wanted him to jab or uppercut rather than take the high road. My imagery of his political consultants giving him advice on his Wright/Race speech or on his bowling score seemed rooted in the fact that I couldn’t imagine a person so genuine as to tell the American people how they really felt. Now I realize that Barry is incapable of using the same trench warfare attack politics against the Hill because he sincerely does not believe that’s how we move our country forward.  I agree.  But tend to understand that Barry has climbed a mountain of change and cannot take a tram to the bottom. He’s stuck there or will forever risk alienating thousands of young, idealistic progressive youths (same ones who loved Dean and Bradley).

So what should Barry do for the rest of the campaign? One strategy is to do what got you to the current plateau; continue to take the high road and talk issues. The other is a belief that you cannot use the same strategy to move on to the next level.  I’m fractured on both; and Punditdad strongly believes that Barry will continue down the same strategic road UNLESS it becomes clear that Indiana or North Carolina are in jeopardy.  Of course, you the Punditdad reader say; “What about Tennessee and Kentucky?”.  Glad you asked!  Barry had done a 180 on the large crowd glittery speeches to the retail politics that will get you votes in small town America.  I think that helps him down the road to close the gap that he has with white lower middle class union type democrats.  One suggestion that I have is that he continue to parallel the Iraq war  judgment issue (Hill supported now opposes) with new foreign policy challenges like Iran, Korea, South America and Africa.  How can we elect a president who is willing to demagoque and pander to the right leaning members of the party on such critical issues? Unless you are truly in the camp of Bush in terms of going it alone, you cannot.

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