One of the greatest benefits of the liberal membership of my Hollywood gym is that only rarely are the television monitors tuned into FoxNews. Â Nearly always, when they show a news channels, it’s CNN or MSNBC, networks I do not watch in my home. Â (For the record, I rarely watch TV, except to see a friend when she has a guest appearance on a show, to tune into Fox News, or to catch a movie on TCM or program on the History Channel (when it devotes itself to history).)
Yesterday, while doing my cardio, I caught an Obama hagiography on MSNBC. Â What struck me was not so much the bias of the “reporting,” but the power of the Democratic nominee’s image, compelling even when I couldn’t hear him speak (as the volume was turned off). Â When they showed him speaking before an audience or plunging into a crowd of supporters to shake hands, he looked like a leader. My eyes were drawn to the candidate.
Just before bed last night, when I watched a bit of FoxNews before popping in a Hepburn DVD, I saw a bit of Obama’s performance at the ServiceNation Presidential Candidates Forum at Columbia University. This time, I heard him. Combining his charisma with his mellifluous voice, he not only looked like a leader, he sounded like one as well..
He came across as more confident than he had in recent TV appearances. He still has the potential to become a formidable opponent.
Given his and his campaign’s numerous missteps in the past two weeks, many on the right and in the media have noted panic setting in among the Democrats. Obama may be sliding in the polls, yet watching him on TV this week, I saw his potential to pull himself out of his rut. He has a powerful presence; he just needs to figure out how to use it.
While we Republicans should be happy with how well our candidates have performed in the last two weeks, their guy could still out-perform our team. So, let me repeat some advice I offered to my man McCain now nearly six months ago, “Don’t Get Cocky, John!”