Preaching to his flock at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington this week, Barack Obama disparaged the Washington scene:
[L]ast year just about this time, you’ll recall that the Republicans had just nominated their Vice Presidential candidate, and everybody was — the media was obsessed with it, and cable was 24 hours a day, and “Obama’s lost his mojo.” (Laughter.) You remember all that? (Laughter.) There’s something about August going into September — (laughter) — where everybody in Washington gets all wee-weed up. (Laughter.) I don’t know what it is. (Laughter.) But that’s what happens.
John quoted Robert Gibbs’s explication of the text here. Obama was obviously alluding to the brief period after John McCain named Sarah Palin as his running mate. The brief McCain bounce caused some momentary hand-wringing among the faithful (Mark Murray rounds up a few specimens) that David Axelrod publicly disparaged in terms akin to those Obama used this week.
Obama’s comments were calculated to reassure the party faithful. His audience at the DNC headquarters consisted of a crew rounded up by his old campaign operation, now reconstituted as Organizing for America. Harking back to his campaign, Obama’s comments also reflect the confidence of a successful campaigner.
Mark Murray makes the obvious point in the post linked above: “Of course, campaigning — especially when the outgoing president and his party were incredibly unpopular — is much different than governing — when no one (the left and right) seems particularly happy with you.” Nevertheless, the substantial Democratic majorities in the House and Senate give Obama a lot to work with. Count me among the wee-weed up, not that Obama might fail, bur rather that he might succeed in socializing our health care system.
Via Matthew Continetti.