Â Early on in this race, a lot of Americans, including some friends of mine, became enamored with with “idea” of an Obama presidency. As any good post-modern will tell you, narratives are everything, and the Obama narrative was Ã¼ber appealing. But here in the final hours before an election set in the most volatile global context since 1936, my hope is that moderate voters are taking a hard look at “President Obama” the reality.
The ever-brilliant Mark Steyn explores this theme here.Â An excerpt:
The two-dimensional idea of President Obama is seductive: To elect a young black man of Kenyan extraction and Indonesian upbringing offers redemption both for Americaâ€™s original sin (slavery) and for the more recent perceived sins of President Bush â€” his supposed enthusiasm for sticking it to foreigners generally, and the Muslim world in particular. And no, Iâ€™m not saying heâ€™s Muslim. Itâ€™s worse than that: Heâ€™s a pasty-faced European â€” at least in his view of state power, welfare, and taxation. . .The problem is weâ€™re not electing a symbol, a logo, a two-dimensional image. Long before he emerged on the national stage as Barack the Hope-Giver and Bringer of Change, there was a three-dimensional Barack Obama, a real man who lives in the real world. And thatâ€™s where the problem lies.