In the wake of Barack Obama’s much-ballyhooed overseas trip, John McCain remains close behind in polls.
This should be a disastrous year for Republicans, and the Congressional elections will probably make the “thumpin’” of 2006 look like the good ol’ days. After 19 years in the hands of conservative pretenders and their enablers, the Republican brand has been cheapened to a pale reflection of the days of Ronald Reagan.
Certainly, Sen. McCain faces significant disadvantages. He’s old; he’s dull, and conservatives quite properly don’t trust him. Sen. Obama, on the other hand, is young and vibrant, and revered almost as a messiah by young liberals, the MSM, and other empty-headed, emotion-driven groupies. The GOP apologists channelling John Dickinson are certainly no match in enthusiasm for the Obamessiah’s worshippers.
But, still, Sen. Obama’s support remains static. Why is that?
One of the vulnerabilities of republican government is that the qualities that make an attractive candidate are not the qualities that make a good public servant. Usually, this means that great candidates are elected and become public menaces.
But in this case, the disparity is so wide that it cannot be overlooked, and the queasy feeling that it leaves in voters’ stomachs can’t be shaken. In Sen. Obama’s fluff-based campaign, there are some images that he can’t erase. He’s inexperienced; he’s arrogant; he’s gaffe-prone; his flip-flops are Gollum-esque, and his judgment is atrocious. He’s ready for prime time; he’s not ready for the White House, and even his most enthusiastic supporters are starting to catch on.
Sen. McCain’s best hope was that the Democrats would nominate a candidate less fit for the presidency than Jimmy Carter. Fortunately for him, they’re poised to do exactly that.