Friday, October 03, 2008

Charles Krauthammer, Fox News Regular and Right Wing Mainstay Says Obama Passes Reagan Test

In an article I'm sure will soon be making the rounds on all sorts of similar blogs and websites, Charles Krauthammer, a regular on Fox News, and a member of the right wing pundit royalty has announced that Obama has passed the Reagan threshold and is, in his eyes, likely to be our next President. In his piece titled "Hail Mary vs. Cool Barry," Krauthammer isn't exactly laudatory, in fact throughout he repeats many right winger (what else would I expect here) talking points about Obama's experience, associations with folks like Jeremiah Wright, etc. but his point is not to drive these things home.

He also backs into some of his praise, allowing how John McCain isn't necessarily to blame for circumstance making Obama seem a reasonable choice:
"You can't blame McCain. In an election in which all the fundamentals are working for the opposition, he feels he has to keep throwing long in order to keep hope alive. Nonetheless, his frenetic improvisation has perversely (for him) framed the rookie challenger favorably as calm, steady and cool."
Overall, however, the opinion that carries through the piece is that in spite of all the faults Krauthammer might find with Barack, he believes that Obama has shown poise, confidence, and the type of leadership that allows him to seem plausible as commander in chief, a test that likely helps seal the deal, taking him from the new hotness to very like our new President in the next few months.

Interesting stuff, mainly because of the author.

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