Falling in love
“We are getting very excited,” Peggy Noonan writes at www.OpinionJournal.com.
“Barack Obama is brilliant, eloquent and fresh. He is ‘exciting’ (David Brooks), ‘charming’ (Bob Schieffer), ‘my favorite guy’ (Oprah Winfrey), has ‘charisma’ (Donna Brazile), and should run now for president (George Will). Our political and media establishments, on the rebound from bad history, are sounding like Marlene Dietrich in her little top hat. ‘Falling in luff again, vot am I to do, vot am I to do, kont hellllllp eet.’
“Well, down from your tippy toes, establishment,” Miss Noonan said.
“He is obviously planning to run. This [past] week he was in New Hampshire — rapturous reviews, sold-out fundraisers — and before that, Iowa. His second book is his second best-seller and the biggest-selling nonfiction title in the nation. The intro he taped for ‘Monday Night Football’ — in an Aaron Sorkin-like setting of gleaming desk and important lighting — showed he is an actor who can absorb the script and knows by nature what a camera is. This is a compliment. All the great presidents of the media age, FDR, JFK and Reagan, were great actors of the presidency. (The one non-great president who was their equal in this, Bill Clinton, proved that acting is not enough.)
“He has obvious appeal. I asked a Young Democrat college student why he liked him. After all, I said, he has little experience. That’s part of what I like, he said. ‘He’s not an insider, he’s not just a D.C. politician.’
“He is uncompromised by a past, it is true. He is also unburdened by a record, unworn by achievement, unwearied by long labors. [. . .]
“Sen. Obama spent his short lifetime breathing in the common liberal/leftist wisdom, which he exhales at length. This is not something new — it’s something old in a new package. And it is something that wins you what he has, a series of 100 percent ratings from left-liberal interest groups.”