Obama Bubble

Der Spiegel, the German magazine, has an excellent article comparing Obama's rise to rise of the dot.coms.

"The rise of democratic frontrunner Barack Obama signifies an alarming victory of style over substance. Not unlike the dot-com hype, his campaign promises more than he can deliver. The one thing his voters can count on is that they will ultimately be disappointed."

Here is the full article: http://www.spiegel.de/international/worl d/0,1518,536232,00.html.

Tags: bubbles, Dot.com, obama (all tags)

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10 Comments

Re: Obama Bubble

One german skeptic does not a bubble make. And also, this has been posted before.

by mattw 2008-02-21 05:13PM | 0 recs
Well, at least they ask the questions...

That our media refuses to ask. Maybe we won't have to remind folks here if our media were to actually do its job.

by atdleft 2008-02-21 05:16PM | 0 recs
oft repeated memes

The "Obama has no substance" is possibly the most repeated meme of the entire election, and it doesn't hold water. He has a long history from community organizing, law career, leadership in the state legislature, and has had great years in the Senate. He sat the Foreign Relations Committee, is broadly experienced with the global picture, and has passed more legislation than Senator Clinton during his years in the Senate. He is hard working, he bridges gaps, and he has a plan.

Is any presidency not marred by some disappointment? Who wants to raise their hand and say they were satisfied with Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell?

If Hillary can say she is honored, "truly honored" to be on stage with Obama, maybe we can give up on the "Obama is smoke and mirrors" garbage, because it has no substance.

by mattw 2008-02-21 05:39PM | 0 recs
Funny you mention those things...

When has Obama ever held meetings of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs that he's supposed to chair? How exactly did you come up with the claim that he's passed "more legislation" than Hillary when she's been in the Senate longer? Was he there in the Clinton White House getting attacked 24/7 for trying to bring about real change in the way Bill & Hillary were?

I don't doubt that Obama has some substance. It's just sad that he doesn't want to show it off more often. And sorry, but Obama's record isn't nearly as long as Hillary's. He wasn't attacked by the insurance industry in 1993 over universal health care. He wasn't called a "powerhungry b***h" in 1998 over standing by Bill Clinton during the painful time of "Monicagate". He didn't have to scramble to fight for support for 9/11 relief workers in New York when Bush forgot about them. Sorry, but Obama hasn't had the same kind of fight that Hillary has.

And because Hillary's emerged stronger after every fight, that's why I think she's best suited to beat McCain and be our next President.

by atdleft 2008-02-21 05:49PM | 0 recs
Re: oft repeated memes

community organizing - 2 f-ing years

law career - p/t only does not a "career" make

leadership in the state legislatur - p/t,and how long adbig whoop..

years in the Senate - 1 - one - before he declared himself ready to run the planet earth...

you folks is nuts...

by Seymour Glass 2008-02-21 06:00PM | 0 recs
Re: oft repeated memes

Seymour, don't you believe that many in the left are developing a tendency to mimic the hosts of right wing radio in the way that they demonize and overly simplify. I do think that someone has to help keep this risky behaviour in check before it comes back and causes serious damage in the efforts to win back majorities and the White House.

by dannyinla 2008-02-21 06:34PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Bubble

I have said it many time before.  Watching the issue from afar give you a better perspective as you are detached to the issue.
You look at the big picture.  

German newspapers were as bad when they covered the last chancellor election between Merkel vs Schroder.   Merkel was scrutinized by the media by not beyond normal politic issue, and never touch gender issue.   US media treats HRC much worst.  

Germany election was tied until the very end.  And they need to go into a close room negotion between 2 parties to form the coaliation, before they can determine the majority.  It was a moment that every germany held their breath but the agreement came peacefully and Merkel won.

by JoeySky18 2008-02-21 05:27PM | 0 recs
media and thought

are oxymorons

by Seymour Glass 2008-02-21 06:01PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Bubble

The end for Clinton was great, but people have already found that a lot of it was, let us say borrowed:

Clinton took from Edwards
http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0 208/An_echo_from_Hillary.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAYItnI-l Po&eurl=http://www.dailykos.com/stor yonly/2008/2/21/215237/190/114/461598

Clinton took from Bill Clinton
http://www.dailykos.com/comments/2008/2/ 21/215237/190/163#c163
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/17 9614.php

by mainelib 2008-02-21 06:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Bubble

good analogy. Only problem is when "O" Buble will burst: before nomination, or (if nominated) before election or in White House. Scale of Burst will be quite different and can be very scary.

by WeNeed3rdParty 2008-02-21 06:05PM | 0 recs

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