15 December 2006
OBAMA URGED TO RUN BY A PUNDIT YOU'D LEAST EXPECT
Conservative columnist George Will, in his Washington Post column yesterday, offered Barack Obama some advice.
If you're going to do it, now's the time.
Will outlined four reasons why Obama, if he wants to be president, should go for it in 2008.
The following excerpts from Will's column sum up his reasoning.
"First, one can be an intriguing novelty only once."
"Second, if you get the girl up on her tiptoes, you should kiss her. The electorate is on its tiptoes ."
"Third, he has, in Hillary Clinton, the optimal opponent. The contrast is stark: He is soothing; she is not. Many Democrats who are desperate to win are queasy about depending on her."
"Fourth, the odds favor the Democratic nominee in 2008 because for 50 years it has been rare for a presidential nominee to extend his party's hold on the presidency beyond eight years. " --George Will
Obama met with the Chicago Tribune's eidtorial board recently, with the interview being published today.
In the interview Obama sounded like a candidate, though he said he wouldn't make up his mind until January.
In the interview Obama, who was born in 1961, said he could be the candidate who could get beyond the ideological turmoil that has plagued the baby boom generation since Vietnam and the social upheaval of the '60s.
On the question of his inexperience at the national level,Obama offered a clever perspective. He said Vice President Dick Cheney and outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld "had the best resume on paper of any foreign policy team and the result has been what I consider to be one of the biggest foreign policy mistakes in our history."