This morning, Richard Reeves looks at why Obama's got the big mo and Hillary's campaign can't seem to get any traction.
In it he identifies the two big lessons Reagan knew:
1. The president's job is not to run the country; it is to lead the nation.
2. In that business, words are more important than deeds.
I think Reagan's policies, particularly in Central America, were wrong, but I can't deny that he gave the nation hope and pride after the dismal 70's. And this is one of the reasons people rallied behind Bush after his megaphone moment at Ground Zero. He looked and sounded like a leader.
Unfortunately for us, Bush surrounded himself with a bunch of sycophants rather than people who were competent.
That could still happen with Obama, of course, but I don't think it will. Bush has a lot of emotional baggage that's made him a disastrous president. Obama seems to be pretty comfortable in his own skin and that confidence will, I think, serve us well.
But Hillary doesn't get it. Neither do the people who insist that Obama's nothing but words. He's inspiring people, and making them believe in a better future. As for those who think this is a cult of personality, Obama always reminds us that the change is not him, the change is in us.
I know people I love and respect who want Hillary to be president. And I agree with them that Hillary would probably govern extremely well. But lead? I'm not feeling it.
As always, I could be wrong.
But if you agree that maybe, just maybe, we might be in the presence of an exceptional leader, why not send Obama a little love.