Chink in the Armor

Barack Obama is surging.

He's still got a long way to go (and some ugly poll numbers in Ohio and
Texas to overcome) but Obama is the clear front-runner. His momentum has prompted the inevitable republican presidential nominee, John McCain to exploit the biggest knock against Obama, namely that his plans for the country lack specifics.

This criticism has been levied against Obama by many, including his rival for the democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton. Still, now that he's facing fire from both sides of the aisle, Obama may be in a bit of a quandary.

His biggest strength is his charisma and his ability to inspire people who have been turned off by politics for decades. But, it's difficult to be inspiring when you're going through a point-by-point analysis of your economic package or your plan to reinvigorate the housing market. Lately, Obama has been better about giving more details regarding his plans for the future and I don't think more explanation will help. Obama has already been branded as a candidate who doesn't talk about specifics and that brand will likely stick. He's also been fortunate enough to have been labeled "the hope candidate" no matter how many other candidates (see Clinton and Mitt Romney) try to claim that title for themselves. John Kerry wasted a lot of time trying to tell people he wasn't a flip-flopper in 2004 and nobody listened. At this stage in the game,
candidates can't change their stripes. Besides, I would rather be the "no-specifics" candidate with a rock star-aura than the "perpetual war candidate" as McCain has been named by Ralph Nader.