What did people in Chicago think about Obama running in 2006?

I came across a pretty interesting newspaper article from the Chicago Tribune dated February 15, 2006.

The article is titled “Obama in ’08: O yes? Or o no?” by Eric Zorn.

The author quotes his own column from January 20, 2005 and gives pros and cons of Obama running for President. I found not only the article itself to be interesting but the comments section to be the best of all. The prism of time combined with no spin commentary gives a very accurate picture of the true feelings of the public toward Obama.

The fact that most people felt that Obama did not have experience and was too liberal to be elected came through very clearly.Here are some nice examples of the comments from the article:

Obama is just not ripe enough. Two years on the Senate floor is not enough national exposure. Rove will tear him to shreds like an unleashed pit bull on a six-year old child.

I’d love to see a strong, charismatic Dem lead the ticket after the disasterous Kerry fiasco, which followed the Gore-Lieberman thrill-a-minute ticket, but after witnessing how the press savaged Dean, I don’t think Obama has a prayer.

“‘Obama – Rhymes with Osama.’ Obama will be weak on NATIONAL DEFENSE! Save America! Vote Republican.”

I can see it now.

The Dems are going to have to find somebody besides Hillary, who is certain to lose if nominated, and Obama is probably the most exciting thing out there, but it ain’t gonna happen, folks.

About the only hope the Dems have for president in ’08 is for the Republicans to nominate Chertoff, who scares people just by having his picture in the newspaper.

Posted by: Elbow Roomer | Feb 15, 2006 9:39:03 AM

There’s another reason that senators fail to go from the Senate to the White House. Something in the water there turns them into pompous asses. They just don’t know how to shut up! The best, or is it the worst example of this was Kerry. He turned out to be an indecisive fool in love with his own voice. He was incapable of giving a simple one or two word answer to any question. He always used 12 words where 2 words would have done. Joe Biden is another of these clowns. He is still on the “in” list of Dems for President, yet a few weeks ago, in questioning Alito, he spent an appalling 20 minutes of his 30 minute time, setting up a question. While Obama hasn’t fallen into this trap yet, he will, sadly they all do.

Posted by: jeff | Feb 15, 2006 9:51:36 AM

I respect Obama, and I think he has the best chance to be the first black president, at least for democrats. But I agree that he doesn’t yet have enough experience in federal politics. People started all this as soon as he was elected Senator. IF he decides to run for president, I don’t see it happening until 2012 the earliest.

I forsee McCain becoming the 44th president. I think he has charisma. He doesn’t always follow party lines and he’s “gray” enough as someone put it to get us out of a mess.

Posted by: JP | Feb 15, 2006 3:35:45 PM

Obama’s far too smart to blow his political keg so quickly. He’ll be 54 in 2016, and I think that will be the first time he runs for president. Personally, I’d love to see him run for Illinois governor in 2010.

Posted by: Jim | Feb 16, 2006 12:33:18 AM

He’s way too liberal to have a chance at winning. I’m amused at the people who don’t think he is liberal, what show are they watching?

Posted by: Joe | Feb 17, 2006 5:11:48 PM

For an election about “competence”, I’m not sure Obama is the man. Whatever his good points, we don’t have a record of competent public leadership to fall on. If the election is about “change” then perhaps.

In some ways the JFK narrative has hurt the Democratic party. JFK was not a great president because his only political experience was 1 term in the Senate. He was a great president because of who he was and the challenges he successfully overcame in office. Maybe if the Democrats would focus more on emulating the man instead of his resume they’d get somewhere.

Personally, I like Evan Bayh. He’s been in charge of something (Indiana) and done well with it. He’s been in the Senate so he has experience on the national stage as well. His 2 biggest downfalls are lack of Sex appeal and perhaps too much time spent in the Senate. He’s no JFK but he looks competent. Right now, I’d rather have proven and competent than exciting and new.

Posted by: Donald | May 31, 2006 2:19:29 PM