The Washington Post and Politico are running stories today on Obama's efforts to rekindle the 2008 magic in order to spare his party a titanic debacle in 2010. BarackObama.com has produced a video which aims to cajole supporters to drag "Claudia" (any relation to Cousin Pookie?) to the polls in November. Amazingly, our post-racial president lists the groups his campaign is targeting: the young, African-Americans, Latinos, and women. (Take note, all you old white guys: Obama doesn't need your vote.)
It's not going to work. Obama fever has run its course and conferred immunity on a good part of the population. Those "surge voters" have reverted to their default state of apathy toward politics. Efforts to re-energize them have failed repeatedly since the election. Getting them whipped up for a midterm election is a doomed proposition. Tim Kaine all but concedes the impossibility of the task before them:
Kaine and Pfeiffer acknowledged the difficulty of transferring the grass-roots supporters that Obama cultivated over a historic two-year presidential bid to an array of other Democrats. "I don't think the magic has evaporated, but you have to acknowledge that the 2008 election was so historic and cathartic that you just don't hit that pitch in elections that often," Kaine said.He's wrong about that magic. It has evaporated. But the anti-Obama magic is powerful. The reality of his agenda has energized lots and lots of voters who can hardly wait for November.
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