Sunday, August 16, 2009

I love you Obama but get oughta my face

'Mr. Obama engendered such passion last year that his allies believed they were on the verge of creating a movement that could be mobilized again. But if a week’s worth of events are any measure here in Iowa, it may not be so easy to reignite the machine that overwhelmed Republicans a year ago.

More than a dozen campaign volunteers, precinct captains and team leaders from all corners of Iowa, who dedicated a large share of their time in 2007 and 2008 to Mr. Obama, said in interviews this week that they supported the president completely but were taking a break from politics and were not active members of Organizing for America.'

What is clear from this piece, and from other articles like it I've read, is that the Obama phenomenon was not about America- it was a beatification of one man. Many of the people who fell in love with Obama don't give two hoots for his policies. He could have run as the Popcorn Chicken candidate, or the Gold Standard candidate, or the Blue Cheese moon candidate, and these people would still have fallen in love. Most of them are still in love, apparently, but find all this political malarky a bit boring and tiresome.

It may well bring the love affair to a premature end too, if Obama keeps on shoving politics down the craws of his lovers. There are some things that really take the sheen off a love affair...

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