Cooling Obama Fever

By amba | Related entries in Elections, General Politics

In The Washington Times, Barry Casselman throws cool water on the current Obama blaze, coins a neat twist on the “first _____ president” meme, and makes an intriguing suggestion:

Mr. Obama was elected to the Senate only two years ago. He has no executive experience. The office in question is the presidency, arguably the toughest job in the world, requiring not only decisiveness, but vision, ability to manage and delegate, stamina, concentration and determination. Mr. Obama has had no chance to demonstrate any of these. He does have many abilities, including a gift for communication, a sense of humor, intelligence and a certain refreshing modesty and self-deprecation. His future is bright, and he eventually may be the first Hawaiian president (where he was born) of the United States. [ ... ]

I like Mr. Obama. He often thinks imaginatively and unconventionally. He is ultimately a centrist in a party which needs much more centrism than it is displaying now. He also has begun to show signs of political skill. I think his current “reconsideration” is just a ploy to put off the unseemly clamor of media pressure that was suddenly thrown at him, and that after a suitable time (and the mid-term elections), he will will restate his desire to finish at least one term in the Senate, and gain some valuable and critical experience. In fact, I have a suggestion for Mr. Obama and his party. Sen. Harry Reid, the minority leader, has become embroiled in a scandal from which he is unlikely to emerge without great damage. His leadership role even before this was received poorly by the American public, and it seems unwise for his party to elect him leader, either in the majority or minority, in the next term. Since Mr. Obama has already demonstrated communication skills, and is being mentioned for much higher office, why not make him the senate leader? It would be an excellent opportunity for him to learn and demonstrate his management and executive skills for a future presidential race, and Mr. Obama would be a much better spokesman for his party.

As Casselman immediately goes on to say, however, majority leader would of course depend on the Democrats taking control of the Senate, which does not look that likely, as the critical races across both houses of Congress are now (predictably) tightening up. In fact, he says, the overly high Democrat expectations that have gotten out of control have made anything less than a sweep look like a defeat. Defeatocrats, indeed.

This entry was posted on Friday, October 27th, 2006 and is filed under Elections, General Politics. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

2 Responses to “Cooling Obama Fever”

  1. gerryf Says:

    “………the presidency, arguably the toughest job in the world, requiring not only decisiveness, but vision, ability to manage and delegate, stamina, concentration and determination. ”


    Yeah, just think where George W. Bush would be without all those characteristics…

  2. Dierdre Bannon Says:

    At the very least, it woud be nice to have a president who doesn’t vomit “bushisms” – enough for at least two a day for the remaining days of his tenure. *sigh*

Leave a Reply


You must ALWAYS fill in the two word CAPTCHA below to submit a comment. And if this is your first time commenting on Donklephant, it will be held in a moderation queue for approval. Please don't resubmit the same comment a couple times. We'll get around to moderating it soon enough.

Also, sometimes even if you've commented before, it may still get placed in a moderation queue and/or sent to the spam folder. If it's just in moderation queue, it'll be published, but it may be deleted if it lands in the spam folder. My apologies if this happens but there are some keywords that push it into the spam folder.

One last note, we will not tolerate comments that disparage people based on age, sex, handicap, race, color, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry. We reserve the right to delete these comments and ban the people who make them from ever commenting here again.

Thanks for understanding and have a pleasurable commenting experience.

Related Posts: