I came upon three good entries today that, taken together, sum up where we are right now. The one by Dox is more speculative, but I think it's got a lot of validity, even if I don't share his perspective entirely. Lexann and Zak present more troubling entries that I think are too close to what Obama really is.
Dox thinks Obama is already a shoe-in for reelection, and if so, I think Zak and Lexann have indicated why beyond Dox's feeling that it will be due to a mass change in attitude. And even there, it's questionable whether it's attitude change or brainwashing – –
Keep 'em stupid and drill 'em with lies. Will the economic situation get so bad that people want more government (likely) or will they realize that government has nearly destroyed them? It will take competent conservative types to convey that, and at this time, there aren't any. But I have faith that Obama will over-govern. When Biden was picked, people wondered if he could keep the gaffes to a minimum. I felt certain he couldn't. Likewise with Bobo. His views are so extreme that I think they will emerge for all to see.
And we have to remember that McCain turned out to be far worse a candidate than anyone could have ever imagined. Did he cement his own defeat? Did the Economic crisis do him in? Or was Obama really a man of destiny? I doubt it was the latter, but I do agree that if he governs in moderation a-la Clinton, he will be hard to beat in 2012. I just don't think he can remain moderate, and no one knows where the economy is headed. If Obama brings stability, why would anyone want change? Besides, he'd probably be too busy with that to implement a lot of his communist agenda then… until his second term.
Anyway, I agree with Dox except for his middle part where he thinks Sarah Palin is finished. She may be, but it's her call. By that I mean not just a choice, but a decision – to become far more knowledgeable and forceful. her initial attraction was her strength, but we quickly came to see her as much weaker than we'd thought. Right now she has a huge advantage on anyone else, but it will take a lot of effort on her part to prove that she's the Sarah of first impression, and not the bumbling, get-along Sarah she was for far too long. The good news for her is that everyone now is paying attention. The bad news is that everyone now is paying attention.