Friday, August 29, 2008
I found last night's reaction to Barack Obama's acceptance speech among Fox News analysts to be highly interesting. The more liberal-leaning pundits Nina Easton and Juan Williams were less than enthusiastic, enumerating various ways in which the speech did not meet expectations. Conservative Bill Kristol, on the other hand, had high praise for the speech and what it had managed to accomplish. I can't help wondering if the difference in reaction is attributable to the more grounded and and realistic view of humanity that conservatives tend to have. Barack Obama is just a man, after all--an exceptional man, by all means, but still just a man. Neither he nor John McCain has it within his ability or power to create heaven on earth. And yet the worshipful behavior of some of Obama's followers suggests that's exactly what they expect from him. When he fails to deliver on that promise--when people start to realize he is just a man and not a god--there is bound to be some disappointment. Maybe we're finally starting to see that.