Not The Obama We Knew?

Funny how things go, isn’t it?

I guess it’s that, “Everybody loves a winner”, thing.When you’re popular and on top, everybody wants to be around you. They want to be seen with you. They want to be you.But the moment your poll numbers start slipping and there’s someone else on the Latest Fashion Runway… everything changes.That’s when the “Don’t want to get any of that one me” thing kicks in.

After basking for over a year in the limelight, it appears that the darling of the democratic party… The One… The Only, Barack Obama is slipping from his pedestal.

According to a Financial Times, In Depth article, the anxiety over Barack’s poll number blood letting and his struggles to keep wringing money from his donors is creeping up Capital Hill… particularly among the first-term representatives whose confidence in riding the Barack Tsunami to an easy victory for themselves is actually sweeping them toward the rocks.

Tony Podesta, a senior Democratic lobbyist, said members of Congress were “a little nervous” after the announcement of Sarah Palin as McCain’s running mate and the intensified attacks on the reality of Mr Obama’s record and policies (or lack thereof) seems to be waking up the masses who had been hypnotized by “just words”.

“Republicans have been on the offensive for the past two weeks.” Podesta said. “You don’t win elections on the defensive.”

As the panic mounts in the Obama Camp, so has the negativity. The smooth, often jovial confidence has become petty and hostile… and the numbers continue to fall. And where we have become use to hearing that Barack has *distanced *himself from yet another long-term friend or associate, the Financial Times piece states: “A Democratic fundraiser for Congressional candidates said some planned to distance themselves from Mr. Obama and not attack Mr. McCain.”

“If people are voting for McCain it could help Republicans all the way down the ticket, even in a year when the Democrats should be sweeping all before us,” said the fundraiser, a former Hillary Clinton supporter.

“There is a growing sense of doom among Democrats I have spoken to. People are going crazy, telling the campaign ‘you’ve got to do something’.”

“…you’ve got to do something,” indeed.

My guess is they keep reloading… and shooting themselves in the foot.