Campaign 2008: NH Voter Offers Sound Opinion About Obama And Hype
Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) came to New Hampshire for the first time in his life on Sunday. He was met by two sold-out halls, the closest thing to a political rock star.
Officially, the media has dubbed him the Democrats "strongest alternative to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton as a presidential contender," even though Obama has said he's not sure he's running.
But should Democrats believe the hype surrounding a potential candidate with a whopping two years of experience as a U.S. senator, and whose biggest claim to fame is a great speech, at the 2004 Democratic National Convention?
“I will say this: I am suspicious of hype," Obama said during a book signing in Portsmouth. "The fact that I’ve become, that my 15 minutes of fame has extended a little longer than 15 minutes, is somewhat surprising to me.”
It's true that George W. Bush had barely more experience on the national stage when he ran for president in 2000. But some would argue that give his dreadful performance, it might be good not to repeat history.
And with the country at war, and in a worldwide fight to stop Al Qaeda, the world is far different than it was pre-9/11.
Democrats would do well to skip the hype, and consider the advice of New Hampshire resident Robert Padian, who told the New York Times: "I’ve looked through his book, and he barely touches issues. I think he’s a serious candidate, but I don’t think he has great potential. No track record, and there are too many guys ahead of him in line.”
When all is said and done, Obama may be the best candidate for the Democratic National Convention. But hype alone is not what the Democrats should rally behind.