I figured it was finally time to check out one of those Democratic presidential debates (even though it still feels too damn early to me).
So I watched the Dartmouth debate last night on MSNBC. And I was surprised by how unimpressive Barack Obama was. Shoot, doesn’t he have, like, 50 presidential debates under his belt by now?
But he was stammering, and talking about fuzzy shit like “bringing people together”... which doesn’t really mean anything. Obama seemed insubstantial.
When asked by Tim Russert about his qualifications for the presidency, Obama mentioned his experience in the Illinois state legislature, and building coalitions during his campaign for the U.S. Senate.... “the kinds of experience people are looking for right now.”
I thought, when Obama stepped into this race, it was a mistake. His time – if he’s destined to have a time – is probably eight years from now, after acquiring some kind of record of accomplishment as a senator.
But then the whole “rock star” mystique swirled up around him, and I figured, “Well, let’s see what happens. Maybe he’ll rise to this.” Besides, a little rock star mystique isn’t bad to see in a presidential race. (Or am I wrong, and you’re just dying to go hear Fred Thompson or Bill Richardson speak?)
Sen. Obama is gonna need to do more than touch the hem of Oprah’s garment and post slick campaign videos on YouTube. He has to start looking like somebody who’s supposed to be President of the United States. (Which is hard to do if you’re not.)
Has anybody been following this debates closely or semi-closely? Was last night an off night for Obama?