My sense is that Barack Obama’s moment has arrived for a combination of reasons — his own brains and eloquence, supercharged emotion among supporters, a superior grassroots organization, deeply embedded loathing of Hillary Clinton, sexism, etc.
I predicted he’d win the Democratic nomination in a public appearance before polls closed Super Tuesday, a day that went reasonably well for Hillary Clinton. I’ve been wrong before. For the record, on the jump, is the Clinton campaign’s analysis, by chief strategist Mark Penn. It includes a response to the notion of undeniable “momentum.” He makes many good points. But it all means nothing without Clinton wins in Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Do the Virginia results really signal an end to the coalition that was once expected to give her those victories? That’s what elections are all about.
IMITATION/FLATTERY/ETC.: McCain spokesman says Obama has plagiarized his economic plan from Hillary Clinton.
THE OBAMA LOVE-IN: Columbia Journalism Review.
Instead, the press has often reveled in the absurdity it has created, portraying Obama as a kind of postmodern commentary incarnate (ceci n’est pas un homme politique): he’s post-partisan, post-racial, post-everything-that-we’d-want-to-change. He is so resonant with meaning, apparently, that he transcends meaning itself. “Rather than focusing on any specific issue or cause—other than an amorphous desire for change—the message is becoming dangerously self-referential,” Time’s Joe Klein put it last week. “The Obama campaign all too often is about how wonderful the Obama campaign is.”
Or, even more popular, about what a scheming, conniving, rhymes-with-witch his opponent is.