The latest release of Pew’s weekly News Interest Index survey indicates that Americans are beyond sick and tired of hearing the name “Barack Obama” repeated constantly, over-and-over, with no reasonable pause.
Close to half (48%) of Pew’s interviewees went on to say that they have been hearing too much about Obama lately. And by a slight, but statistically significant margin – 22% to 16% – people say that recently they have a less rather than more favorable view of the putative Democratic nominee.
Yes, and 51-percent of Indie voters cannot bear the thought of him. Obama fatigue.
Overhyped and disliked, Obama soldiers on. And Alex Castellanos offers the bad news to the faithful over at Huffington Pillar-to-Post:
When this young man with the flowing, passionate core, when this candidate without the solid-center changes positions and transforms himself as we watch, it leaves Americans much more in doubt about who he is and how he would lead us. It also reveals an Obama of unapproachable arrogance and inestimable self-regard: He appears confident voters will appreciate his superiority regardless of where he journeys or what he becomes to meet his political ambitions.
What is going on?
Granted, it is not as bad for Barry as I intentionally made it sound. Surely, Americans do not feel Obama is as overexposed as is, say, Paris Hilton. She was Obama’s reference point in 2005, when Obama told the Washington Post:
“Andy Warhol said we all get our 15 minutes of fame,” says Barack Obama. “I’ve already had an hour and a half. I mean, I’m so overexposed, I’m making Paris Hilton look like a recluse.”
Again, according to the Pew survey, 51-percent of Indie voters say they’re sick of Obama. He cannot afford to lose these voters to John McCain.
In contrast, if anything, Pew’s respondents said they want to hear more, not less about the Republican candidate. Just 26% in the poll said they had heard too much about McCain, while a larger number (38%) reported that they had heard too little about the putative Republican candidate.
Of course, McCain’s hot as “hot” – to borrow from Hilton’s verbiage – as Paris or Britney, or Lindsey or Claudia Jordan. (NOTE: I’ve no idea about Claudia Jordan. I went to TMZ.com to find the name of any celebrity girl, and hers was there.) Can hotness be turned into a political commodity? That, my friends, is David Axelrod’s challenge. He has to convince Americans that Obama is the ultimate product, the guy with whom football fans (NFL, not soccer) want to stage a policy debate. Getting the policy bit down and consistent will be only part of the battle.
I think Obama is still the clear frontrunner, but I think come the break of light on November 5th, John McCain is the only man whom voters will respect in the morning.