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The Incredible Shrinking Obama

Karl Rove, who was the evil genius of the Republican Party before his one-time aide, McCain campaign chief Steve Schmidt, claimed the title, has this to say about the bizarre turn of events:

Of all the advantages Gov. Sarah Palin has brought to the GOP ticket, the most important may be that she has gotten into Barack Obama’s head. How else to explain Sen. Obama’s decision to go one-on-one against “Sarah Barracuda,” captain of the Wasilla High state basketball champs? It’s a matchup he’ll lose. If Mr. Obama wants to win, he needs to remember he’s running against John McCain for president, not Mrs. Palin for vice president.

Rove spares neither Obama or Biden:

Mr. Obama has again started a debate he can’t win. As senator, he has requested nearly $936 million in earmarks, ratcheting up his requests each year he’s been in the Senate. If voters dislike earmarks — and they do — they may conclude Mrs. Palin cut them, while Mr. Obama grabs for more each year. Mr. Obama may also pay a price for his “lipstick on a pig” comment. The last time the word “lipstick” showed up in this campaign was during Mrs. Palin’s memorable ad-lib in her acceptance speech. Mr. Obama says he didn’t mean to aim the comment at Mrs. Palin, but he deserves all the negative flashback he gets from the snarky aside. Sen. Joe Biden has now joined the attack on Mrs. Palin, saying this week that her views on issues show she’s “obviously a backwards step for women.” This is a mistake. Mr. Obama is already finding it difficult to win over independent women and Hillary Clinton voters. If it looks like he’s going out of his way to attack Mrs. Palin, these voters may conclude it’s because he has a problem with strong women.

But aside from the tactical foolishness of all of this, there are signs that Obama himself is becoming the subject of a new kind of scrutiny — from his own party. He’s either distracted or obsessed. This is from Democrats.

The rest of the country, if he keeps this up, may conclude that his tone and lack of discipline make him a problematic choice for president.


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