To Obama’s chagrin, the young get serious

“Repeatedly stabbing the air with his finger,” a visibly frustrated Barack Obama complained to Rolling Stone: “It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines in this midterm election.” The very “idea that we’ve got a lack of enthusiasm in the Democratic base, that people are sitting on their hands complaining, is just irresponsible. … If people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren’t serious in the first place.”

Obama publicly encouraged all of this bizarre-messianic stuff, wooing young idealistic voters who needed to be wooed like that to drop their Game Boy consoles. That’s why volunteers trained at “camp Obama” were instructed to proselytize, not campaign. They were told, according to The New York Times, that they should avoid discussing the issues but rather should “testify” about how they “came to Obama,” as if he was some sort of religious figure. – Jonah Goldberg

The Rolling Stone interview is another example of Obama’s lack of concensus building skills.  He is at a loss if he can not bully or give something away. – DSMW