First of all, as someone who works in politics I’m telling you right now that it must suck SO MUCH ASS to be that aide right now.
Second, as far as the VP pick…eh. I like Evan Bayh don’t get me wrong. But what if you’re going to be really be a candidate of change there’s certainly more inspiring picks for VP then a dull White protestant male. Talk about boring.
But this just reflects the Obama campaign’s subpar general election campaign so far. Ezra Klein explains it well :
Indeed, he’s been running an extremely reactive campaign since he returned from his overseas trip. The policy arguments that have happened — think the surge, or drilling — have largely been at the McCain campaign’s behest. So it’s not really that health care has been pt on the backburner in favor of other policies. It’s been that there’s not been much attention to building a specific mandate at all.
This isn’t the crisp innovative campaign we saw Obama run in the primary. In fact its the exact opposite. Why? Because Obama came to the conclusion that the Clinton and her supporters came to when they were attack Obama in the primary. Empty rhetoric like “hope” and “change” are fine and dandy in the primary but at the end of the day people want to hear how you’re going to fix their health care and lower their gas bills. (IE bread and butter issues).
Even fellow democrats are beginning to point out that Obama needs to add more substance to his message:
These Democrats — 15 governors, members of Congress and state party leaders — say Mr. Obama has yet to convert his popularity among many Americans into solutions to crucial electoral challenges: showing ownership of an issue, like economic stewardship or national security; winning over supporters of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton; and minimizing his race and experience level as concerns for voters.
Mr. Obama has run for the last 18 months as the candidate of hope. Yet party leaders — while enthusiastic about Mr. Obama and his state-by-state campaign operations — say he must do more to convince the many undecided Democrats and independents that he would address their financial anxieties rather than run, by and large, as an agent of change — given that change, they note, is not an issue.
“I particularly hope he strengthens his economic message — even Senator Obama can speak more clearly and specifically about the kitchen-table, bread-and-butter issues like high energy costs,” said Gov. Ted Strickland of Ohio. “It’s fine to tell people about hope and change, but you have to have plenty of concrete, pragmatic ideas that bring hope and change to life.”
Or, in the blunter words of Gov. Phil Bredesen, Democrat of Tennessee: “Instead of giving big speeches at big stadiums, he needs to give straight-up 10-word answers to people at Wal-Mart about how he would improve their lives.”
Let me just say I told you so. And let’s just hope he listens.