In The Washington Times, Barry Casselman throws cool water on the current Obama blaze, coins a neat twist on the “first _____ president” meme, and makes an intriguing suggestion:
Mr. Obama was elected to the Senate only two years ago. He has no executive experience. The office in question is the presidency, arguably the toughest job in the world, requiring not only decisiveness, but vision, ability to manage and delegate, stamina, concentration and determination. Mr. Obama has had no chance to demonstrate any of these. He does have many abilities, including a gift for communication, a sense of humor, intelligence and a certain refreshing modesty and self-deprecation. His future is bright, and he eventually may be the first Hawaiian president (where he was born) of the United States. [ … ]
I like Mr. Obama. He often thinks imaginatively and unconventionally. He is ultimately a centrist in a party which needs much more centrism than it is displaying now. He also has begun to show signs of political skill. I think his current “reconsideration” is just a ploy to put off the unseemly clamor of media pressure that was suddenly thrown at him, and that after a suitable time (and the mid-term elections), he will will restate his desire to finish at least one term in the Senate, and gain some valuable and critical experience. In fact, I have a suggestion for Mr. Obama and his party. Sen. Harry Reid, the minority leader, has become embroiled in a scandal from which he is unlikely to emerge without great damage. His leadership role even before this was received poorly by the American public, and it seems unwise for his party to elect him leader, either in the majority or minority, in the next term. Since Mr. Obama has already demonstrated communication skills, and is being mentioned for much higher office, why not make him the senate leader? It would be an excellent opportunity for him to learn and demonstrate his management and executive skills for a future presidential race, and Mr. Obama would be a much better spokesman for his party.
As Casselman immediately goes on to say, however, majority leader would of course depend on the Democrats taking control of the Senate, which does not look that likely, as the critical races across both houses of Congress are now (predictably) tightening up. In fact, he says, the overly high Democrat expectations that have gotten out of control have made anything less than a sweep look like a defeat. Defeatocrats, indeed.