Newsweek has published the first chapter of “Barack Obama: How He Did It“ which is a multi-part series explaining how an empty-suit got elected to the most powerful job in the world. The article is long and full of nuggets to mine and blog about. While I’m only covering part of Chapter 1 here, I recommend you read the entire thing.
The article begins with:
Barack Obama had a gift, and he knew it. He had a way of making very smart, very accomplished people feel virtuous just by wanting to help Barack Obama.
If that doesn’t describe what happened to the lefty blogosphere I don’t know what does. Many very smart, accomplished bloggers felt so virtuous about supporting Barack they thought that anything they did was justified; they believed they could do no wrong.
The article is filled with inconsistencies like this:
On the eve of his speech to the Democratic convention in 2004, the speech that effectively launched him as the party’s hope of the future, he took a walk down a street in Boston with his friend Marty Nesbitt. A growing crowd followed them. “Man, you’re like a rock star,” Nesbitt said to Obama. “He looked at me,” Nesbitt recalled in a story he liked to tell reporters, “and said, ‘Marty, you think it’s bad today, wait until tomorrow.’ And I said, ‘What do you mean?’ And he said, ‘My speech is pretty good’.”
If the speech was Obama’s first big moment in the national spotlight, why were crowds in Boston already following a state senator from Illinois (and little-known author of one memoir) who was still just a candidate for the U.S. Senate? Are the residents of Beantown extreme political junkies? Or are they Oprah fans?