I missed this Mark Steyn column when it first appeared in June. Maybe you missed it to.
Stayn begins - - -
The short version of the Democratic Party primary campaign is that the media fell in love with Barack Obama but the Democratic electorate declined to."I felt this thrill going up my leg," said MSNBC's Chris Matthews after one of the senator's speeches. "I mean, I don't have that too often."Au contraire, Chris and the rest of the gang seem to be getting the old tingle up the thigh hairs on a nightly basis. If Obama is political Viagra, the media are at that stage in the ad where the announcer warns that, if leg tingles persist for more than six months, see your doctor.
Out there in the voting booths, however, Democrat legs stayed admirably unthrilled. The more the media told Hillary she was toast, and she should get the hell out of it and let Obama romp to victory, the more Democrats insisted on voting for her.
The more the media insisted Barack was inevitable, the less inclined the voters were to get with the program.
On the strength of Chris Matthews' vibrating calves, Sen. Obama raised a ton of money – over $300 million – and massively outspent Sen. Clinton, but he didn't really get any bang for his buck. In the end, he crawled over the finish line. The Obama Express came a-hurtlin' down the track at 2 miles an hour.
But what does he care? Sen. Obama has learned an old trick of Bill Clinton's: If you behave like a star, you'll get treated as one. So, even as his numbers weakened, his rhetoric soared.
By the time he wrapped up his "victory" speech last week, the great gaseous uplift had his final paragraphs floating in delirious hallucination along the Milky Way:"I face this challenge with profound humility and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people … . I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal … . This was the moment – this was the time – when we came together to remake this great nation."It's a good thing he's facing it with "profound humility," isn't it? Because otherwise who knows what he'd be saying. …
As for coming together "to remake this great nation," if it's so great, why do we have to remake it?
A few months back, just after the New Hampshire primary, a Canadian reader of mine – John Gross of Quebec – sent me an all-purpose stump speech for the 2008 campaign:"My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you'll join with me as we try to change it." …Steyn’s entire column’s here.
You’ll smile when you read it unless you believe like Speaker Pelosi The One is sent by God to save us.
If that’s the case, keep checking those ocean levels and reading those Greenpeace press statements.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Posted by JWM at 11:07 AM