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78. Fad, coupled with true value
Remember all the posts lauding Mary Landrieu after her '02 win? Have you noticed all the Claire McCaskill lovefests of late?

Part of the genius of the constitutional framers was to have one house of the legislature voted on every other year (so the voice of change was represented) and the other house appointed by the states for six years on a staggered basis. The frenzy of the moment often gets out of control, and the balance is provided by a bit of solidity.

This guy's really got something. He's got heart, he's articulate, he could be a very important new face to show the world (since he's not just a white-boy) and he's got the sense of diplomacy. Lest we forget, he's got political experience, too.

What's missing here is that his voting record is a bit spotty. I HATE the Clintonian drift to the right that's expressed as a necessity to hold the middle. He's been a part of this, but there simply isn't enough information out there to say. This works both ways: is he a crusader or an appeaser? Methinks he's the true article, but how the hell do I know? What does give me some hope here is that I feel that if given the mandate, he'd follow his heart regardless of what others think.

Still, the answer to your question is basically that people are fickle and capricious, and he's the current fad. He may be the best thing ever, but the focus given him amid his election during the ugly idiocy of the '04 campaign gave him great attention.

Think show business: he's statistically special and he has charisma.

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  -Why do you think Obama is so popular? kentuck  Nov-30-06 09:01 AM   #0 
  - his charisma  DaveinMD   Nov-30-06 09:05 AM   #1 
  - He looks presidential, in my personal opinion.  Selatius   Nov-30-06 09:06 AM   #2 
  - In my opinion, he's had a very disappointing Senate tenure.  Vash the Stampede   Nov-30-06 09:07 AM   #3 
  - No, he's merely a freshman senator of the out-of-power party.  NCevilDUer   Nov-30-06 09:32 AM   #22 
     - I'd mostly agree with that assessment  Vash the Stampede   Nov-30-06 10:08 AM   #34 
  - Because he is new. He is likeable. And  Robbien   Nov-30-06 09:07 AM   #4 
  - He is charismatic  Horse with no Name   Nov-30-06 09:09 AM   #5 
  - What RW talking points?  Odin2005   Nov-30-06 03:15 PM   #44 
  - His looks  Barnaby   Nov-30-06 09:09 AM   #6 
  - excellent, charismatic speaker  AtomicKitten   Nov-30-06 09:11 AM   #7 
  - Charismatic speaker? I just don't see it. I didn't see his convention  OregonBlue   Nov-30-06 03:55 PM   #51 
     - Watch Obama's keynote address here  MrCoffee   Nov-30-06 06:00 PM   #57 
     - thanks for the link  AtomicKitten   Nov-30-06 08:28 PM   #65 
     - Thanks. Like I said, the other speeches I've seen on TV have seemed  OregonBlue   Dec-01-06 09:54 AM   #73 
     - Yes, it IS just you. :-)  beaconess   Nov-30-06 07:03 PM   #60 
        - No, it's not just him/her either  Clark2008   Dec-01-06 03:45 PM   #83 
           - I saw him long before the media picked him up and I saw it  beaconess   Dec-01-06 05:41 PM   #90 
  - He looks good on paper and he can TALK  Warpy   Nov-30-06 09:12 AM   #8 
  - I don't know, but I do know that many Republicans like him.  Dawgs   Nov-30-06 09:14 AM   #9 
  - Soundbite society  acmejack   Nov-30-06 09:18 AM   #10 
  - He's thus far "untainted"......  texanshatingbush   Nov-30-06 09:20 AM   #11 
  - B/c you can't pigeonhole him and restrict him to a group.  no_hypocrisy   Nov-30-06 09:24 AM   #12 
  - i'm not buying it....none of it...give me someone who puts their career on the line to fight  xiamiam   Nov-30-06 09:24 AM   #13 
  - But Feingold and Boxer aren't running . . . n/t  beaconess   Nov-30-06 09:26 AM   #15 
  - Obama's popularity is based 100% on the speech at the convention.  Skinner   Nov-30-06 09:24 AM   #14 
  - It was amazing, and more importantly--inspiring  Norquist Nemesis   Nov-30-06 09:29 AM   #18 
  - Why?  kentuck   Nov-30-06 09:47 AM   #30 
  - Agreed  KKKarl is an idiot   Nov-30-06 09:46 AM   #29 
  - I agree,  GenDem   Nov-30-06 05:55 PM   #56 
  - Obama's trip to Africa to visit his ancestral village was a moving  IndianaGreen   Nov-30-06 09:32 PM   #69 
     - Thank you! Someone gets it about Obama!  aaronbees   Dec-01-06 01:25 AM   #70 
  - He doesn't come across as a career politician  ripple   Nov-30-06 09:26 AM   #16 
  - But can Americans trust a politician with a middle name of Hussein?  kentuck   Nov-30-06 09:31 AM   #21 
  - It's funny you say that  ripple   Nov-30-06 09:39 AM   #24 
  - Beautifully said!  beaconess   Nov-30-06 06:55 PM   #58 
  - No one really knows him and he is brand new to many  zulchzulu   Nov-30-06 09:27 AM   #17 
  - well, thats a problem..and other than be an inspiring orator...i just havent  xiamiam   Nov-30-06 09:39 AM   #23 
  - The campaign hasn't started yet  beaconess   Nov-30-06 06:57 PM   #59 
  - projection  riverwalker   Nov-30-06 09:29 AM   #19 
  - i think you are right and i also think you are going to be disappointed if you expect much..nt  xiamiam   Nov-30-06 09:40 AM   #25 
  - If you ever have the opportunity to see him in person, DO IT  brazenlyliberal   Nov-30-06 09:30 AM   #20 
  - Excellent assessment  ripple   Nov-30-06 09:44 AM   #27 
  - Because The Corporate Media Tells Us He Is!  The River   Nov-30-06 09:43 AM   #26 
  - Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then- n/t  ripple   Nov-30-06 09:45 AM   #28 
     - Political Resoning Via Cliche?  The River   Nov-30-06 10:01 AM   #32 
        - You mean like this:  izzybeans   Nov-30-06 10:07 AM   #33 
           - Blaming "corporations" always wins. It's like drawing 21.  Kelly Rupert   Nov-30-06 07:23 PM   #63 
  - Charismatic, well spoken, gives a sense of hope and empowerment...  nickshepDEM   Nov-30-06 09:54 AM   #31 
  - Well TeeVee tells me he's a rock star  JNelson6563   Nov-30-06 10:29 AM   #35 
  - Unfortunately, that's the part I worry about.....  FrenchieCat   Nov-30-06 03:03 PM   #41 
     - You bring up some good points  fujiyama   Dec-01-06 01:26 AM   #71 
  - He's photogenic, and when he speaks, his mastery  Sinistrous   Nov-30-06 10:38 AM   #36 
  - he is articulate and charismatic and he's gotten excellent PR,  leftofthedial   Nov-30-06 11:10 AM   #37 
  - Fresh face with a bank slate. n/t  wisteria   Nov-30-06 11:20 AM   #38 
  - MSM is desirous of a well-spoken Black to do well Nationally  Sam Odom   Nov-30-06 01:21 PM   #39 
  - His adultness. Seems to be an old soul..wise beyond his years. He had real jobs  applegrove   Nov-30-06 03:00 PM   #40 
  - charisma, presidential looking, great speaker  Leftist78   Nov-30-06 03:04 PM   #42 
  - While it's not everything, we certainly shouldn't downplay these talents  beaconess   Nov-30-06 03:19 PM   #46 
     - Sure it matters  Leftist78   Nov-30-06 03:32 PM   #48 
        - These qualities come into play more than just on television  beaconess   Nov-30-06 03:51 PM   #50 
           - that's fine  Leftist78   Nov-30-06 09:20 PM   #68 
  - Because he gave a good speech and people don't know where he stands on the issues.  lillilbigone   Nov-30-06 03:13 PM   #43 
  - Honestly Black  erpowers   Nov-30-06 03:17 PM   #45 
  - Oh, please -  beaconess   Nov-30-06 03:48 PM   #49 
  - His youth (compared to most semators), charisma,and he isn't a "Washington insider"  Odin2005   Nov-30-06 03:20 PM   #47 
  - Isn't he officially a "baby boomer?"  beaconess   Nov-30-06 03:56 PM   #52 
     - The definition of GenXers I've read is people born from 1961 to 1981  Odin2005   Nov-30-06 04:14 PM   #53 
        - Yep. I've heard him described as  ripple   Nov-30-06 04:22 PM   #54 
  - HERE'S what Obama's Done in the Senate  liberalpragmatist   Nov-30-06 05:49 PM   #55 
  - The main reason is how inspiring and uplifting he is  Bombtrack   Nov-30-06 07:21 PM   #61 
  - He's gorgeous and talks well. n/t  Kelly Rupert   Nov-30-06 07:22 PM   #62 
  - He hasn't been around long enough to do anything to piss anyone off (yet) nt  ToeBot   Nov-30-06 08:06 PM   #64 
  - Obama gives lots of us hope. He wants to bring the country back together  mtnsnake   Nov-30-06 08:36 PM   #66 
  - He has "IT"!  Heewack   Nov-30-06 08:42 PM   #67 
  - I could list the usual  fujiyama   Dec-01-06 02:09 AM   #72 
  - The Ridiculousness & Danger That Is Obama '08  lillilbigone   Dec-01-06 01:47 PM   #74 
  - And if he had been all pomp and flash  ripple   Dec-01-06 02:24 PM   #75 
     - those are safe issues he's worked on  NewYorkerfromMass   Dec-01-06 02:33 PM   #77 
     - If he had tried to push a bunch of measures  ripple   Dec-01-06 03:21 PM   #80 
     - We're talking about reality, not what-ifs  lillilbigone   Dec-01-06 03:40 PM   #81 
        - I couldn't agree more  ripple   Dec-01-06 03:51 PM   #85 
           - Speaking again of reality NO ONE EVER SAID  lillilbigone   Dec-01-06 04:51 PM   #87 
              - Perhaps if you would state  ripple   Dec-01-06 05:39 PM   #89 
                 - Again, don't put words in my mouth, please.  lillilbigone   Dec-01-06 05:56 PM   #91 
                    - Fair enough  ripple   Dec-02-06 12:40 PM   #95 
  - I spent several days with him, doing a story  warrens   Dec-01-06 02:31 PM   #76 
  - Fad, coupled with true value  PurityOfEssence   Dec-01-06 02:34 PM   #78 
  - I think what he said on Oprah sums it up for me:  AZBlue   Dec-01-06 02:46 PM   #79 
  - The media. eom  Clark2008   Dec-01-06 03:43 PM   #82 
  - To lillilbigone:  Bullet1987   Dec-01-06 03:50 PM   #84 
     - Try reading David Sirota's piece and addressing its content  lillilbigone   Dec-01-06 05:22 PM   #88 
  - because msm says so...  BrokenBeyondRepair   Dec-01-06 03:51 PM   #86 
  - When he get the feeling he is above reproach. You get the  onecent   Dec-01-06 06:14 PM   #92 
  - He's smart, telegenic, eloquent, charismatic, forthright,  TOJ   Dec-01-06 06:41 PM   #93 
  - Media salesmanship. Americans are suckers for a good sales pitch.  leesa   Dec-01-06 10:07 PM   #94 
     - It seems...  Bullet1987   Dec-02-06 01:04 PM   #96 

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