Perhaps it was fate this morning when I was scanning the comments to my posts this morning, I chanced on ILoveCapitalism’s piece taking Andrew Sullivan to task for faulting presumptive Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin for her inexperience while regularly attempting to dismiss conservative complaints about Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama’s similar inexperience.
You see, I had planned a post on how Andrew’s gushing over Obama which follows his four years of bashing George W. Bush has compromised his ability, in the words of this Corner reader, to “be taken seriously as a pundit anymore.”
When I read Andrew’s commentary on Obama’s speech, I was impressed that he acknowledged his bias, but questioned his judgment as I read the conclusion:
I’ve said it before – months and months ago. I should say it again tonight. This is a remarkable man at a vital moment. America would be crazy to throw this opportunity away. America must not throw this opportunity away.
Obama is clearly an incredibly intelligent and charismatic man. He wrote a very moving memoir.
But, what makes him so deserving of the googly-eyed accolades of such supporters as Sullivan?
- What has he accomplished besides deliver some really powerful speeches? Has he, in his twelve years in public office, enacted any major reforms, been the driving force behind any bipartisan legislation?
- What has he done to effect this new kind of politics he describes so readily?
- What does “postpartisanship” mean?
- What new ideas has he put forward? Even those praising the speech saw its policy prescriptions as standard liberal fare.
Without being able to identify Obama’s accomplishments or show how the Democratic nominee’s ideas represent a break from the past, we’re left with a gaggle of gushing supporters enthralled with a politician because of the power of his personality and the eloquence of his expression.