Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Brooks on Obama Comedown Syndrome

David Brooks has been reading comments on this blog, apparently. Today he assesses the "dialogue" between PS/SWNID and JB in CA regarding the Hope Pope, Barak Obama.

We offer a few morsels of quotation (attributed, thereby avoiding the trivially alleged plagiaristic tendencies of the object of discussion:

Is giving Robert Byrd’s campaign $10,000 the kind of change we can believe in?

If he values independent thinking, why is his the most predictable liberal vote in the Senate? A People for the American Way computer program would cast the same votes for cheaper. . . .

The victims of O.C.S. struggle against Obama-myopia, or the inability to see beyond Election Day. But here’s the fascinating thing: They still like him. They know that most of his hope-mongering is vaporous. They know that he knows it’s vaporous.

But the fact that they can share this dream still means something. After the magic fades and reality sets in, they still know something about his soul, and he knows something about theirs. They figure that any new president is going to face gigantic obstacles. At least this candidate seems likely to want to head in the right direction. Obama’s hype comes from exaggerating his powers and his virtues, not faking them.

Those afflicted with O.C.S. are no longer as moved by his perorations. The fever passes. But some invisible connection seems to persist.

How long will it persist? At least until November?

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