"Obama-mania is running wild!"
Some other points made by Medved:
He's the first candidate to post an announcement on his website, rather than hold a press conference or announce it in a tv ad. Why is that significant? Because part of Obama's appeal is that he represents a younger generation (he will be 47 when he runs); a fresh change at a time when many of our Congressional leaders are aging baby-boomers.
He may be "inexperienced" and "untested" in the eyes of many of his critics and supporters; but never underestimate the power of charm and charisma over substance. And he has it in plenty: articulate, bright, and quite impressive, when you look at how he did not put his announcement for an exploratory committee up until the day after Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with an explanation in the Chicago Sun Times that he did this so as to not draw false parallels to King's heroic struggles. It may be politics, but it is a smart, classy thing for him to put out there.
In many ways, he actually has more experience than Hillary Clinton, when you look at his record of campaigning. Hillary may have 6 years to his 2 years serving in the Senate; but his total years of public office is 10 to her 6, as before becoming a Senator, her only experience was being the wife of Bill Clinton. Obama ran twice for state senate, and won both times; he ran for U.S. congress, and lost.
Medved believes that if during the democratic primaries, other candidates end up dividing the votes, then Hillary will win over Obama. This is because Hillary has a core base of Clintonista loyalists. But if it turns into a strictly Obama-Clinton confrontation, Medved believes Obama will be the Democrat's choice.
Another thing that Medved points out, is that the media has yet to pick up on Obama's wife. He may be the media darling; but Medved says when the media picks up on his wife's credentials, they will be fawning all over her. She, in her own right, apparently, is a very impressive, remarkable lady.
Obama has a very liberal voting record. However, in a reality where we have big-government Democrats and big-government Republicans, Obama is calling for "smart government". It sounds good, and that's part of Obama's charm: making things sound good, and fostering the sense of bipartisan solutions.
What worries me most, is that should Obama become the Democratic Party's candidate, I don't know if the Republican Party has anyone comparable, of rock-star status. Giuliani has name-recognition and charisma; but I don't know if most Republicans will support him, unless they have no choice. And of course McCain has so many Republican voters absolutely stir-crazed angry at him, it is difficult for me to believe that he could possibly get through the Republican primaries. No other Republican candidates has their level of media name recognition and exposure. We need someone who has both the ability to charm and be substantive. So who do we have?