The Fix on Obama: “The Movement Has Begun”

WashingtonPost’s Chris Cillizza:

The Fix has long believed that the lone path for Obama to the Democratic nomination was to transform himself from a candidate into a movement. That is, by voting for Obama people would believe they are choosing something greater than simply a political candidate, that they are supporting a cause to change the way politics in America has been conducted…

Put another way: Obama’s opponents are playing checkers while he is playing chess. When Clinton or John Edwards speak, they are regarded by those in attendance as politicians. Obama — at least at the moment — is seen as the leader of a movement.

Whether or not the country needs a movement is a different (and arguable) question, but I think the analysis of what is going on is dead on.

Published in: on January 5, 2008 at 11:42 am  Leave a Comment  
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