Saturday, October 21, 2006

The rock star's on tour

Maureen Dowd today, "Obama's Project Runway," picks up on the all-Barack-all the time kind of tour he seems to be on, sounding out the prospects of running for President:
His appeal combines the political ability — alien to the Bush administration — to see something from your opponent’s point of view with the cool detachment of a J.F.K. He’s intriguingly imperfect: His ears stick out, he smokes, and he’s written about wrestling with pot, booze and “maybe a little blow” as a young man.

He has been told by Democratic leaders to think about whether he really wants to be president, or whether he’s just getting swept away by people who want him to do it. (That’s a distinction that entitled and unqualified Republican WASPs like W. and Dan Quayle never bother to make, simply learning — or not learning — on the job.)

Does Barack Obama want to be a celebrity or a man of history — or is there no longer any difference?
Yeah, that's a very good question. Don't you love the sly dig at W and Quayle, lumping them together to begin with, but making the larger point that Republican buffoons suffer from no qualms about their own abilities, why should Obama? Heck, even smilin' vacuous George Allen was sizing up a run (at least until macaca). If such candidates can clog the public airways, surely Obama is more than entitled.