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“Oklabama”: The Big (Empty) Head Effect

Thursday, July 31, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Politico notes that Obama’s arrogance is catching up with him.

The Los Angeles Times notes about the polls after Europe: “No bounce. Not even a roll.” Reasons:

Maybe Obama’s flips — his outspoken opposition to denouncing the Rev. Jeremiah Wright until he did, his promise to take public campaign financing, since broken, his eagerness to debate McCain in townhalls, now abandoned, his apparent unwillingness to see progress in the Iraq troop surge, which he opposed and predicted would worsen sectarian violence?

Is there a simmering concern over arrogance by the Ivy League lawyer and mere candidate who so blithely patted the French president on the back for a well-done news conference? Asked the other day if he ever doubted himself, Obama replied smartly, “Never!” And grinned broadly. Sounded more like a 20-year-old than someone about to turn 47 next week.

Timesman Andrew Malcolm adds:

What’s Obama done for D.C. change since arriving? What’s Obama done for reform back home within the historically monolithic and corrupt Chicago Democratic machine, where some up-and-comers are sent off to Congress for seasoning before advancing to the big-time of City Council?

Inquiring minds already know the answer: Nothing.

And Powerline’s John Hinderaker essays on Obama’s howler about inflating-our-tires-to-energy independence:

[I]t would take only 11,308 years of proper tire inflation to equal “all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling.”

Obama is a curious case. He gives the impression of being an intelligent guy, but through his unscripted comments we have learned that he knows little about history, science or mathematics. He also seems rather shockingly short on common sense, as this most recent gaffe illustrates.

Empty suit huge ego = falling poll numbers.

The voters might roll the dice in wartime on an untried, risky smooth-talking rookie propped up by an adoring MSM, but signs that they are waking up are all around. Watch for the Hillary ’12 signs any day now.

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