Barack Obama may well be a very nice man and an honest politician from Illinois. I have lived in that state and understand the politics there far too well to comment any further on that. But aside from the fact that his name would actually not work out at all well according to the rules of The Name Game, he's been just popping up everywhere lately, hasn't he? One has to wonder, if one is a suspicious azure crustacean at any rate, why exactly he is popping up everywhere.
Being of a suspicious bent, one thing comes to mind right away: smokescreen.
Now why in the world would Barack Obama want to suddenly reverse himself on national television and declare he was going to consider running for president? Is it that he believes his sudden "rock star" image is real? Does he think he has the political chops? Does he think he can raise the cash? Does he believe the Great Pumpkin is ready to grant a wish? Maybe all of those, as unlikely as the last one is.
Or is he doing the party's bidding and throwing himself out there to try, desperately, to energize the base and get people to the polls? Is he trying to provide a smokescreen for the fact that, quite frankly, the Democrats don't actually have a party agenda that resonates with anyone but a few pollsters? If Obama can generate some smoke, maybe some people will think there is actually some heat behind it. Especially because there actually isn't.
Dafydd at Big Lizards has a heartrending biography of the compelling story of Barack Obama. The first half Kansan in the Senate. Or something.
UPDATE: Thanks to Lori Byrd at Wizbang for the link. If you followed the link over, please do look around a bit while you're here.