Ultimately, I think the commercial won’t play as well as Barack might have liked. It sort of felt like I lived in Venezuela and the weekly Hugo Chavez TV show was on.
Barack Obama’s propaganda piece gave a very limited and unconvincing narrative. It is striking how much is lacking there when it comes to talking about accomplishments. So he was a state senator, so he asked Condoleeza Rice pointed questions. Good for him. I can cross-examine the crud out of anyone but that doesn’t make me Presidential material.
I wonder how comfortable the campaign is with the absolute elite position Barack holds. I have known my share of arrogant law review types and the idea of electing one as President is really scary. Not as troubling as the idea of electing a professor though. Having said that, those are real accomplishments. But the campaign wants Barack to be seen as average American. In this piece, they do that by featuring average American people.
But there is a disconnect there. In the end, we all hopefully know we are dealing with the most liberal member of the Senate and a guy who is no average American. He is a guy who is dubiously qualified to be President and has ideas about the economy and government that, rather than being tempered by perhaps business experience, have been radicalized by his education and associations.