William Kristol mocks Spiegel’s premature coronation of Barack Obama, and dies a fine job.
Life is full of disappointments.
Early Friday, I went to the Real Clear Politics Web site, as I do every morning, for my fix of political news and commentary. I perked up when I saw the third entry on the list of that dayâ€™s notable articles â€” â€œNo. 44 Has Spoken.â€
â€œHank Aaron has spoken? Wow,â€ I thought as I clicked through.
Nope. The article was by Gerhard SpÃ¶rl, the chief editor of Der Spiegelâ€™s foreign desk. â€œNo. 44â€ didnâ€™t refer to the uniform number of the man some of us still consider the true all-time major-league home-run champion. It referred to the next president of the United States. The articleâ€™s premise was that an Obama victory is a foregone conclusion: â€œAnyone who saw Barack Obama at Berlinâ€™s SiegessÃ¤ule on Thursday could recognize that this man will become the 44th president of the United States.â€
So it wasnâ€™t Hank Aaron speaking. It was just another journalist fawning over Obama. That was a disappointment. But disappointment was quickly replaced by the healthier emotion of annoyance.
â€œNicht so schnell, Herr SpÃ¶rl,â€ I thought, drawing on what Obama would consider my embarrassingly limited German. Not so fast.
Donâ€™t the American people get a chance to weigh in on this in November? Maybe theyâ€™ll decide itâ€™s more important to have John McCain as commander in chief than Barack Obama as orator in chief. Maybe theyâ€™ll further suspect that 200,000 Germans canâ€™t be right.
I was cheered up by this notion.
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