As the saying goes, those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. And that was a hard lesson from the Dean campaign. Crowd size doesn't mean much unless each of those people also casts a vote for Obama.
He is in way over his head. I don't care how centrist he is, centrism doesn't include trashing the party.
I've been saying this since at least December: I can not support Barack Obama in the primaries. He will not hesitate to run against the Democratic Party. I want a candidate who will be a) partisan and b) a good ambassador for the Democrats. Barack Obama seems to be neither. He seems proud of his bipartisan ship and good for him, but it's a quality that is going to hinder more than help him.
There is no substance to Obama. He's all talk, nice, uplifting talk.
And this is what puts him further away from Howard Dean, in my opinion. There is no comparison between the two. Although Howard is no raving liberal, he was solidly on the side of the Democratic Party. I can't say the same about Barack Obama.
This is a consistent and consistently disappointing trait in Obama's rhetorical style
This is one of the reasons I can not support Barack Obama in the primaries: He does not hesitate to run against the Democratic Party.
I want a candidate who will be a) partisan and b) a good ambassador for the Democrats. Barack Obama just is not the one to do it. I'm convinced this is why, as Chris notes, "the energy around him has not coalesced into a movement." It's also the reason I believe that his bipartisanship, which Obama considers an asset, will be his Achilles Heel.
"Obviously we're constrained by the fact that a commander in chief who also has veto power has the option of ignoring that position," Obama said.
Someone needs to remind him that there is such a thing as voting to override a veto. It's not as if Bush has the last word by vetoing the bill.
It's gallows humor, for pete's sake. They've held a press conference to announce the return of her cancer. Comedy is how you maintain perspective.
There is a difference between an attempt at humor by a guy who clearly would never beat his wife, trying to lighten the moment a little, and a joke or statement that minimizes the seriousness of real domestic violence.
He won't. Barack Obama will never be the first or out in front, as Edwards was when he said he would not participate in the debate. He'll look at what everyone else does before making a decision.
One large dollar donor recounted a story to me that he was at an event with Obama, and asked him about the Fox News Nevada debate right after it was canceled. Obama said that he probably wouldn't have gone anyway.
I'm calling bullshit. If "he probably wouldn't have gone anyway" then he should have spoken up immediately and said so, rather than leaving everyone wondering if he would be following Edwards' lead.
By staking out a position early on doesn't leave Obama any wiggle room to adjust his position. If this is his M.O. from here on out, he's going to look wishy-washy.
I believe it was at the Jefferson-Jackson-Bailey dinner in March 06. Obama was the keynoter:
When Obama took the stage, I had to stand up to watch the audience's reactions. Obama brought up Joe's name and the place booed him again but unlike the other times, this round of boos where pretty loud. And this point, Obama brought up the fact (which was pretty obvious) that there were a number of people in the crowd who didn't care too much for Joe. Obama stated that although he didn't agree with every one of Joe's positions, he felt that Joe was a good person. It was ironic that Obama said this because in his very next sentence, Obama went off and bashed the Bush administration over the war. The funny part was when he mocked the Bush administration's claim about the amount of people in Iraq using cell phones being an indicator that the US is doing good things in Iraq. It's funny because it was Lieberman who first made that comment, not the administration.
Overall, Obama's speech was pretty good and it really energized the crowd but it had one more boo moment. At the end of his speech, Obama told the audience to support the Democrats and re-elect Lieberman to the senate. Well, the people in the audience weren't so psyched about hearing Lieberman's name and booed Joe again at which point, Obama basically said "good night" and promptly left the stage.