Is Barack Obama looking at Presidential '08? Is America ready for Obama?
May 26, 2006
Chris Cillizza, at The Fix, questions Illinois Senator Barack Obama's recent moves. Cillizza never says that he believes Obama will run for President in '08, but he does say that by teaming up with two nationally known consultants Obama gives reason to speculate.
This morning's Chicago Tribune says that Dewey Square Group's Minyon Moore "will serve as an unpaid adviser to develop an outreach plan for African Americans." Moore, born in Chicago, is the one-time Chief Operating Officer of the Democratic National Committee. Before her time with DNC Moore assisted President Clinton as the principal political advisor in the White House. Moore has also worked with the likes of Jesse Jackson and Michael Dukakis.
Cillizza also mentions that Anita Dunn, of Squier Knapp and Dunn Communications, will work with Hopefund, which is Obama's political committee to promote leaders within the Democratic Party. Dunn has advised politicians like Evan Bayh, Tom Daschle, and was the chief strategist in 1999 for Bill Bradley.
Perhaps this is a move for a White House run, but it may be a little too late. For instance, I've mentioned Obama's name and some, even Mid-westerners, are not sure who I'm talking about. Furthermore, Dunn's work with Bayh would seem to be a conflict of interest for her if both Bayh and Obama were eyeing the White House. He's a Democratic darling and certainly has a shot at being the first minority in office.
Obama can motivate multitudes with his emotional speeches, turn heads in a crowd with his confident demeanor, and win over his critics with his glowing grin. However, his extremely liberal views frighten many.
Some suggest that Obama can't win the White House. Why? Typically, they throw out the race card. However, let's be honest, America is more color blind than Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton want you to believe. Condi Rice, likewise, would not be kept from the Oval Office because of her race. Whether for better or worse, a more likely hurdle will keep Obama from the White House. As long as our wonderful country fights against Muslim terrorists, she will not be ready to accept one with Islamic roots as her Commander in Chief.