2008 Obama Combo
posted by April 9 at 13:56 PMon
The latest pundit meme on Barack Obama is that he’s Adlai Stevenson, the Democratic “Egghead” Presidential nominee in 1952 and 1956. Lost badly.
Obama’s actually more of an egghead than Stevenson, really. Obama graduated from Harvard Law School (and was President of the Harvard Law Review.) While Stevenson graduated from an Ivy League undergrad (Princeton), he actually failed out of Harvard Law.
Anyway, here’s one snippet from Slate:
Obama exhibits other elements of this Stevensonian style as well. It’s a style—an ideology, really—that links the quest for common ground with a language of enlightened reason.
The funny thing about the Stevenson comparison is this: Last February, when Obama-mania was at its height around here, I tried to irk some of my Obama zealot colleagues by wearing a “Stevenson ‘60” pin. (Stevenson tried for the Democratic nomination in ‘60 and lost.)
The point of my Stevenson pin: Back in February, the rap on Obama was that he was the charismatic JFK. JFK, obviously, got the nomination in 1960, beating—among others—Stevenson. It was Kennedy’s charisma vs. Stevenson’s brains. My Clinton as Stevenson message didn’t quite translate—Clinton’s no intellectual, and in fact, Stevenson was a sharp speaker like Obama—but I was trying to riff off the substance vs. hope thing.
Anyhow, now the meme is that Obama is, in fact, Stevenson.
So, he’s both Kennedy and Stevenson?
Shit. The Democrats are doing pretty good.