Granted that Barack Obama’s campaign be much ado, but the mania didn’t appear out of nowhere.
The first time I heard Obama speak, on a radio quiz show in 2005, my first reaction was that the guy could be a contender. One thing that jumped out at me was his weird knack for being a dick, genial and funny at the same time. Obama happy fun time isn’t quite the same as a Barney hour, it’s more like the comic who rips you a new one but you can’t help enjoying the experience. He has an oddly anti-political habit of telling special interest audiences what they don’t want to hear. Give a listen and see if you agree.
The kind of Republican who regards ideology uber alles may not enjoy an Obama presidency any more than Clinton or Edwards.