Tomas wrote:What's the secret behind Palin's appeal?
Alex Jacob wrote:Palin lost 90% of her credibility, from my perspective, when she couldn't even answer some extremely basic questions. She may have credibility but it is with some people---a movement---that is in a descending arc.
What you are leaving out of the equation, though even your core premise could be questioned, is that Obama was elected through an unprecedented effort of activism that, as far as I know, has to parallel in American history. (...) That machine of activism will not, I don't think, just fall back into the woodwork, inert. Many millions of people who have certain political ideals got involved with the democratic party ...
and I don't think you can ascribe a significant part of Obama's own political vision, as a machination of leading PR machines.
Without the activist component, one presidential election could have no effect, obviously. The big question mark is if all those people who got active to elect Obama will remain active.
Alex Jacob wrote:"I'm worried about their reaction when high expectations will not be met. Where will all that energy go? What will it turn into? A radical disinterest or a radical anger? The Obama campaign also took a risk with perhaps rather bad odds on the long run."
You're worried, are you? ;-)
I don't have any idea either how it will all turn out, but what I can tell you is that unlike any other time in recent history many millions of people have made some level of decision to involve themselves in the political process. For us, my friend, it represents a big step forward.
Sure, but also imagine those millions and millions of new democrats who made a commitment to donate time and energy at a community level. I hope that that activism is not diminished, and I don't think they will give up.
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