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Has He Lost His Mind?

“Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's big speech on Thursday night will be delivered from an elaborate columned stage resembling a miniature Greek temple.

The stage, similar to structures used for rock concerts, has been set up at the 50-yard-line, the midpoint of Invesco Field, the stadium where the Denver Broncos' National Football League team plays.

Some 80,000 supporters will see Obama appear from between plywood columns painted off-white, reminiscent of Washington's Capitol building or even the White House, to accept the party's nomination for president.

He will stride out to a raised platform to a podium that can be raised from beneath the floor.”

-- Reuters, Aug. 26, 2008


Jacques-Louis David, Napoleon Crowning Himself Emperor Before the Pope, 1805. (Louvre)

The Berlin folly -- in English.

The Superbowl Halftime Show -- without the game.

What's the finish? Maybe Obama’s got Zhang Yimou to do the hidden-rope trick, and have him lifted, Beijing-style, to the heavens when he’s done. Will he reappear three days later at the Bird’s Nest?

Or maybe he'll just do a Napoleon and coronate himself. By the time Napoleon made himself emperor, he had won the Battles of Lodi, of Arcole, of Rivoli, of the Pyramids and of Marengo. And had promugulated the Napoleonic Code. He had yet to write a single autobiography.

By Charles Krauthammer  | August 27, 2008; 11:22 AM ET
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Why is Krauthammer even published in this paper at all? He is blindly partisan and not interested in facts or analysis. He just throws rocks and makes stuff up. Seriously, the guy is a waste of space.

Posted by: Kurt Overmeyer | August 27, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

That's right Mr. Krauthammer - Obama is participating in a big event both parties throw every four years called a CONVENTION.

President Bush's last convention was held in Madison Square Garden, often referred to as the "most famous arena in the world," and home to the Knicks, Rangers, and concerts by the likes of Madonna, the Who, Pearl Jam, etc.

Posted by: William | August 27, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I think the Superbowl is stupid, but I still watch it. I watched the Democrats convention last time, expecting the same, and was surprised by a speech by a fella named Obama.

Posted by: Dan Kirkwood | August 27, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

It does recall the boat ride to the last Demo convention ending in "reporting for duty".

Posted by: Ed | August 27, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Kurt,

In case you haven't noticed, WaPo has slowly become a neocon newspaper with it's beating the war drums for the Iraq invasion, uncritical news coverage and analysis of the Bush administration -- and in fact, being a cheerleader for the administration all too often, and running such god awful neocon columnists as Kathleen Parker and Krauthammer.

It's laughable that the wingnuts continue their screed that WaPo is a "librul" newspaper when, in fact, it is anything but "librul" anymore.

Posted by: Checkered.1 | August 27, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Charles Krauthammer. I find all this celebrity worship a little creepy--especially the image of Obama standing above thousands of cheering Germans in Berlin as they hail him...that's really scary on one level and really insulting on another.

Posted by: Aleks Rohde | August 27, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

How 'bout a mosh pit!? That would really piss off krauty....

Posted by: Jaybird | August 27, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer is so predictable. He's getting even more pathetic than in the past. All partisanship, no substance. At least George Will has a modicum of substance.

Posted by: Spier Wielder | August 27, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Keep it up, Mr. Krauthammer,
Your transparently ad hominem attacks reveal just how empty your arguments are.

Posted by: Spier Wielder | August 27, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Mr Krauthammer is just envious.

Posted by: Julia Iskandar | August 27, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

One has to nod in agreement with Krauthammer. It's not hard to see, it's front and center stage. Indeed, the cult of celebrity [Hillary, Bill & Obama] continues at the Democratic National Convention this week. This is a critical time when Barack Obama should be underplaying the "leader as messiah" message and get down to the brass tacks of policy with a detailed plan for America's faltering economy. Now, we hear that Obama is to take stage in front of 80,000 screaming fans. Not a good sign. Americans are not Europeans. We don't need continued reassurance from lofty speeches with throngs of adoring adherents. At this point in the political season, Americans yearn to hear a well articulated and thought out plan for economic stimulation and recovery. An economic game plan we can sink our teeth into!

Posted by: rulo123 | August 27, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

The WaPo is indeed liberal. Krauthammer is a token conservative. I guess you can call it partisan affirmative action. This article will vanish from this website within 2 hours just like his post earlier this week.

Posted by: dcp | August 27, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but George Will no longer has a modicum of substance. Thirty years ago, certainly. He was entertaining, too. But as he aged he became shrill and empty. Far from the well-spoken, biting, pseudo-intellectual of old. Krauthammer on the other hand has always been a kind of op-ed hit man. But he's never pretended otherwise.

Posted by: Henderson Claude | August 27, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

FYI - There will be many satellite stations all over the country watching and guess what you will also. So 75-80 thousand will be miniscule. If he is preceived to be an emperor, mesiah or any othe lofty title, it's because YOU gave it to him.

Posted by: Alvin1 | August 27, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

How dare he be confident? How dare he be 'uppity"? How dare he speak to crowds wanting to feel good about America after this 8 year nightmare? How dare he presume to speak in Berlin like the turkey necked Great Prevaricator, St. Ronald the Senile? Why doesn't he know his place? The mouth that scolds all unbelievers in neocon orthodoxy and roars approval for the incompetent, arrogant, power hungry pissant in office and each & every one of his policies is in high dungeon....AHHHHHHHHHH The Liberals are coming, The Liberals are coming.................WAHHHHHHHHHH

Posted by: bklyndan | August 27, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Please send Krauthammer and his racist views back to where he belong with his old racist cronies at Fox news.....lead by Uncle TOM Juan William and Karl(NAZI)Rove.

Posted by: Edd Olliphant | August 27, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

How benign. If the backdrop looks like anything, it looks like a cheap Greek Restaurant. How working class can that be?! And the food is delicious!

Speaking of Emperor, any Classics nyuck nyuck will tell you that talk of emperors began with Rome. Maybe Persia, but not Athens.

No, ancient Greece was a democracy.

Gosh though. I could really use a greek salad and several hunks of spanikopida.

Posted by: Worthy Evans | August 27, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

hey Chuck, where was such "critical analysis" when we all got treated to Bush flying out to the carrier and giving a speach beneath the "Mission Accomplished" banner?

Posted by: Erik | August 27, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

The one thing I like about that guy on HBO (Bill Maars?)is his statement that Americans are so guilable, stupid, and refuse to read, see, hear, or think critically. Democrats will raise taxes: G dub and the boys debted us into trillions.
Jobs overseas? one reason is the high cost of providing health care to their workers overa lifetime. Wages are not the biggest issue for small business, but the cost of healthcare, inflation, finding workers, and health care cost.The president is only one part of the legislative process!!! He/She is no more as in control, control votes, as the senate and house. ANYBODY is better than what we have just lived through. Obama is a good choice regardless of his inexperiance. Look what and where so called experiance has gotten us? So vote for him or not, but be critical in your thinking. ps. why do they even publish this guy (Krauthammer)?

Posted by: walterrock | August 27, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

nice one kraut. another riveting, substantial effort on your part. i suppose when the Virginia state GOP did the VERY SAME THING for their 2008 convention, it doesn't warrant a mention. IOKIYAR!

Posted by: sd | August 27, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

How many monuments in DC are patterned after classical Greek or Roman structures? If Krauthammer doesn't like the way columns and arches look, he should stay out of the US capitol.

Maybe Tucson Arizona is more to his liking.

Posted by: Edmund Bravo | August 27, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Krauthammer's article need not be Party-oriented. It applies to both Parties. The Convention is just that - a Party party ending with a show business event and balloons coming down. And who's paying for the balloons? In these troubled times why are the Parties spending money for balloons? Let the employed talk to the people about the crises of unemployment and other problems, and then, only then, drop the balloons with cheers.

Posted by: George Samuels | August 27, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Why is Mr. Krauthammer such a hipocrite? I don't remember reading him critizing Bush when he headed to Madison Garden. His words are becoming meaningless like Mc Cain's constant POW comments. Sorry, I mean useless.

Posted by: Robert Cannon | August 27, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Krauthammer's article need not be Party-oriented. It applies to both Parties. The Convention is just that - a Party party ending with a show business event and balloons coming down. And who's paying for the balloons? In these troubled times why are the Parties spending money for balloons? Let the employed talk to the people about the crises of unemployment and other problems, and then, only then, drop the balloons with cheers.

Posted by: George Samuels | August 27, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Krauthammer's article need not be Party-oriented. It applies to both Parties. The Convention is just that - a Party party ending with a show business event and balloons coming down. And who's paying for the balloons? In these troubled times why are the Parties spending money for balloons? Let the employed talk to the people about the crises of unemployment and other problems, and then, only then, drop the balloons with cheers.

Posted by: George Samuels | August 27, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I haven't even read the article as necons are so boringly predictable. There's a plethora of other right wing nutter sights...why does The Post indulge these loonies?

Posted by: Mergatroid | August 27, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

As if Krauty would say the same thing about WcCain if he was able to muster up enough people to fill a stadium.

Since WcCain will be giving his speech at a Holiday Inn conference room in front of a few hundred people at best Krauty is a wee bit jealous is all.

Krauty is an ugly, jealous, tiny little man. Period.

Posted by: Krauty is green w/ envy... | August 27, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Right on....

Obama is a charismatic,hollow, narcissistic megalomaniac with a messiah complex see:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id1IKJGVkvg)

Do not let him near the levers of power !!!!

Posted by: Ben | August 27, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Krauty: a noun, a verb and "I hate Obama".

Posted by: Predictable like the sun rise | August 27, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Does the headline above refer to the author?

Posted by: Dahagg | August 27, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama's Thur. night appearance should reflect humility and appreciation. But this is what really scares me....both McCain and Obama, when speaking, lack an appearance in their faces and eyes especially, that there is any real original thinking going on in their heads. Now Hillary shows otherwise. Yes, folks get tired and stuff, but, consistently, McCain and Obama both look like, yes the porch light in on, but not so bright.

Posted by: Elizabeth | August 27, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Let’s see Ronny R. made nice speeches and talked to thousands and he was considered GOOD! Obama make speeches and talks to thousands but is considered BAD. I think that is what this joker is saying. Couldn’t be he is a right wing boot licker could it?

Posted by: fed up with the press | August 27, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

What an angry little man.

Posted by: Ind1 | August 27, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Someone should roll Krauthammer's wheelchair from the Jefferson Memorial's temple like structure straight into the tidal basin.

With him in it, of course.

Posted by: Charles KRAUThammer is a Nazi propagandist | August 27, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Charles Krauthammer is a joke and a poor excuse for a political columnist.

Posted by: JL | August 27, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I think Krauthammer soiled himself. It's the only way to explain that look on his face in his picture. Kraphammer is more like it.

Posted by: Someone should change Krauthammer's diaper | August 27, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

i'll grant that the ancient Greeks did give us the terms to describe despotism (tyranny, draconian, and such), but they actually invented democracy, as noted in another post.

But even if you want to mistake the facade as a symbol of autocratic rule, it is simply dishonest to give the current administration a pass on its actual, deliberate, and documented design to disenfranchise the citizenry and its true representatives: Congress. What was the Framers' original intent in making the Legislative Article I and the Executive Article II of our esteemed Constitution?

Sen. Obama got paid to discourse on the Constitution at a top-flight institution; the market, in other words, has spoken, mendacious punditry aside.

Posted by: anthony | August 27, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Obama is indeed making a fool of himself playing greek god, period. See his poll ratings on Friday you will know. He did that in Berlin and with his infamous president seal logo. He has done it.

Posted by: God Knows | August 27, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

As usual the insights are on point. The emperor (Obama) has no clothes. His democratic primary competitors said Obama had no resume. His only claim to fame is writing two autobiographies. He gives good emotion laden speeches, but no nuts and bolts. I tend to be suspicious of any one who uses their spouse as a major supporter (convention speaker). Looks like thin support.

Posted by: Jim from Richmond | August 27, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Mr Krauthammer,

If you want to find the emperor in this country look no further than guy currently sitting the White House.....

Posted by: m | August 27, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer's schtick is using his psychiatry background to do fake armchair psychoanalysis of Democrats ("Has He Lost His Mind?"), just like Maureen Dowd's 0`+is dime-store gender stereotyping.

Please, put this guy out to pasture. He's a bitter old prune with no original thoughts.

Posted by: MGX | August 27, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Ooooooooooo, all you evil-sayers are going to be SO aggravated when Senator McCain is sworn in as the next President of the United States.

Now THAT'S something to look forward to.

Posted by: Chiang Kai Shrek | August 27, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Charles...too much glitter. And of course we know about 'all that glitters'!

Posted by: independent | August 27, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't Ancient Greece a Democracy?

Posted by: yup | August 27, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

As if Krauty would say the same thing about WcCain if he was able to muster up enough people to fill a stadium.

Since WcCain will be giving his speech at a Holiday Inn conference room in front of a few hundred people at best Krauty is a wee bit jealous is all.

Krauty is an ugly, jealous, tiny little man. Period.

Posted by: Krauty is green w/ envy... | August 27, 2008 12:49 PM
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You may be right that McCain will be giving his speech in a Holiday Inn conference room or even worse at a street corner, but it is also true that he is leading Obama in the recent poll by Gallup.

Posted by: discerner | August 27, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

now look what has happened to Pelosi's ego. It is now larger than God's Church.

Posted by: independent | August 27, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait until November. The sounds of neocon and racist heads exploding will be joy to hear. You can already see the steam coming out of Krauty's ears.

Posted by: fzdybel | August 27, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I sort of enjoyed the republican mock up of the Obama slogan:

A mile high, an inch deep, NObama Biden 08!

Clever.

Posted by: God Knows | August 27, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Maybe you should stop instigating and then the readers won't beat up on your sorry butt... Don't you get it? Americans are sick and tired of the pain of the past eight years, and ANYTHING is better than another Republican keeping the US on this Highway to Hell.

Posted by: Glad I'm Not Krauthammer | August 27, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Wow. So many hostile posts about a rather insignificant piece by krauthammer. Never much liked him or his work, but this one didn't seem to warrant such defensiveness from those who worship at the temple of Obama. W has his non-thinking supporters, and Obama has his own. See, they have more in common than people want to admit!

Posted by: Not so sensitive | August 27, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Krauthamer I am nearly 75 years old and in my lifetime I have never seen or heard anyone more mean spirited than you..I can only pity you..ahansa

Posted by: bdacosta | August 27, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

It must really suck to be Charles K.

Posted by: Dan | August 27, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

The hypocrite here is Obama himself. The "Chosen One" believes he came on this earth to be THE MAN, THE LEADER OF NATIONS. He'll destroy everything American believes in. He was raised in Muslim nations among Islamic radicals, did cocaine, does not like white people. He's a damn sleeper

Posted by: Mark | August 27, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

So, I guess that it would be more palatable for Mr. K for Obama to just accept the nomination via teleconference? We all know that the conventions are nothing more than shows these days. If you're going to go that route, you might as well do it big. I wonder if the guys who dreamed up having George W. Bush land a fighter jet and stand under the Mission Accomplished banner are helping to plan the Obama event?

Posted by: anonymous | August 27, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

People - it is an op-ed, where a writer is entitled to his opinion. Stop getting so upset. Wow do people get angry when a Post writer criticizes someone the readers generally like.

Posted by: John S. | August 27, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Man, if you could apply such stringent analysis to John McCain, he and his Bush Boys would be a non-starter.

Just think about it, both Bush and McCain were born into the privileged class. McCain, however, a man of privilege born to a warring class, doesn't mind milking being a POW for all he can get out of it. Never mind that his actions of the past eight years have led to the death and dismemberment of thousands of human beings. Never mind that his actions are part of the reason we are spending 10 billion plus a month in Iraq. His error filled judgments, experience, and actions are all okay and qualify him to be president because he managed to survive being captured? You support McCain but criticize the pageantry in celebration of the partial fruition of Dr. Martin Luther King's I have a Dream vision for America?

By the way, I think Dr. King was a man of true courage and an authentic hero. He was someone who tried to appeal to our better angels. While, I see McCain as a dealer of death and destruction.

Posted by: oyoung | August 27, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Bitter, table for one!

Posted by: wendy | August 27, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

WHEN has Obama referred to himself as the chosen one? The repetition of that phrase is nothing more than a GOP attempt to belittle Obama for his achievements. Perhaps it springs from some envy in the McCain camp that he can't attract a crowd to hear him fumble through a speech?

Posted by: Uno | August 27, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I think there will be a backlash against Obama when recieves his coronation in front of 75,000 people crowd lustily cheering. the Middle america will think that this guy is an elite.

Posted by: discerner | August 27, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

A. Rhode:
For the benefit of those of us, less gifted with the talent of such profound, analytical thinking, and for thousands of Berliners, guilty of "creepy" worshipping, would you, please, care to elaborate on which level do you find the creepy worshipping "scary", and what is the other level,if you would, please,that insults you.

Posted by: rafael petrac | August 27, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Uh ... who is Charles Krauthammer

Posted by: Ralph | August 27, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

CK-FOUR WORDS-OH MY EFFING GOD! IN ONE SENSE THOUGH, I LOVE IT, DON'T YOU? THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WILL BE SO AGHAST, IT WILL BANISH FOREVER THIS ANOMOLY BARACK OBAMA FOREVER -AND RELEGATE HIM AND HIS PLAGIARIST SIDEKICK TO THE POLITICAL CANDIDATE TRASH HEAP OF HISTORY WHERE HE SO JUSTLY BELONGS!

THANK YOU CK, FOR SHARING-I'll just go now and copy this onto all the blogs so they can be as aghast as I am!

Posted by: SPRING RAIN | August 27, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

KKKrauthammer is positively green with envy. it's drips out of every line his writes. i'm red with disgust with him and dicky cohen, neither one of them are credible but still, if they weren't polluting the net, we wouldn't have any propagandist to gleefully insult here at wapo. it is the ONLY news they report, so we'll keep at if you do. meanwhile, i hope the red dripping contempt shows. it's not personal though, we just cannot afford any more swiftboating or any more (R)'s in power. the fate of the world depends on our correct choice and it is O/Biden '08!

Posted by: preAmerikkkan | August 27, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Not only is Krauthammer a partisan Republican hack, he's a partisan Republican hack with bad grammar. There's no such verb as "coronate." A monarch is "crowned" at a coronation, Charles. Duh!

Posted by: tniel | August 27, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

"racist"? "Nazis"? Geez, lefties, can't you come up with anything original? The simple truth is that any presidential candidate making his acceptance speech on a set designed that way would and should be asked, "Is your ego a little out of control here?" Remember Nixon's palace guard uniforms? Silly . . . as is virtually every trapping surrounding The Annointed One.

Posted by: Mike | August 27, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Arrgh! All that creativity! That acknowledgment of the Greeks! That interest in history! Arrrgh!!


Posted by: Nathan | August 27, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

All Hail the Great Obama!

Posted by: Independent | August 27, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

McCain in front of Hotel Hanoi would probably be more of a Krautian setting.

Posted by: HumbleBee | August 27, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

"I think there will be a backlash against Obama when recieves his coronation in front of 75,000 people crowd lustily cheering. the Middle america will think that this guy is an elite."

Oh sure. After all, Middle America is clueless and has never seen a political convention before.

Posted by: fzdybel | August 27, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer translates to "Herb Hammer". I wonder what he's been smoking?

Posted by: LT | August 27, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm a staunch Democrat, one who almost always disagrees with this author. However, I see no reason to insult him for his opinions. You Obamabots act like a bunch of spoiled third-graders, and make the rest of the Democrats look very bad.

The fact is that Obama does appear to be very arrogant. But you Obamabots can't for the life of you see clearly that some of his antics are indeed ridiculous. All you can do is insult anyone who disagrees with your point of view, rather than use reason to disagree in an adult manner.

Obama is hardly perfect. Who is? Why does he feel such a need to grandstand? Why do you people feel such a need to put other people down? Such vitriol will eventually bite you where the sun don't shine. Grow up, and then come back... when you can behave.

Posted by: A.L.L. | August 27, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least he isn't wearing a flight suit with a few socks stuffed in the crotch and standing in front of a "Mission Accomplished" banner...

Posted by: Pagun | August 27, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

CK - are you jealous? What's the big deal? Why don't we judge people by what they say and do rather then from where they speak? Find something important to write about. You had made some good points in earlier columns, and even though I like Obama, they were points of view that had credence, and were different.

Now you bring up this tripe and you appear foolish.

Posted by: NoName | August 27, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I have it on good authority that Barack the Blessed will give both the invocation and the benediction as bookends to his speech accepting his elevation. This seems appropriate given his position as an Elysian dreamer. His acceptance speech will feature glittering rhetoric designed to hold his listeners in a web of absortion more trance-like than attentive. First aid will be available for those prone to fainting or wetting themselves. All 80,000 of his attendees will exit the stadium in unison at the conclusion of the elevation, marching as myrmidons behind this political pied piper, proving Chekov's observation that happy men are those who keep their eyes shut.

Posted by: Paul Bloustein | August 27, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Please leave us alone.
We are tired of your NEOCON messes..

ISA

Posted by: Issa Gallego | August 27, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I stopped taking Mr. Krauthammer seriously a couple of years ago when he published a column recommending that the US torture prisoners in order to obtain information that might save American lives. People who advocate torture are not civilized human beings and do not deserve to be treated as such. In the kind of society Mr. Krauthammer would have, people like him who are crippled as a result of an accident (or birth) would simply be killed in order to preserve resources for the more valued members of society. He should thank God every day that most of us find his ideas repugnant.

Posted by: simon | August 27, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Call the Waaaahmbulance, Krauthammer, you bitter old fool.

Posted by: BGladd | August 27, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I find it amazing some people still read or listen to anyone who supported Bush TWICE. Obviously, judgement about leadership can't be seen as one of their strong points.

Posted by: mark | August 27, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Napoleon never had to go up against Hillary Clinton!

(Another toxic rage tantrum from Krauthammer. I be he was the worlds most obnoxious little kid.)

Posted by: Paulie200 | August 27, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Ancient Greece was a collection of city states with Athens being a proto democracy. That ended when Sparta conquered them. The Spartans were angry that the Athenians built public works with money that was contributed by all the city states to maintain a fleet used for common defense against the Persians.

See, things never change.

Posted by: Ed | August 27, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

You can tell a lot about a political party by the remarks of those who 'defend' it and how they attack the opposition. Personal attacks against Charles Krauthammer really highlight what the Democrats stand for.

Posted by: AntiD | August 27, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

"Or maybe he'll just do a Napoleon and coronate himself."

Is that an opinion? A smear? Or an insult in bad taste?

Posted by: fzdybel | August 27, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse


BRAVO AS ALWAYS CHARLES.


HERE IS AMY GOODMAN OF DEMOCRACY NOW

A HARD WORK JOURNALIST DELIVERING THE TRUTH LIKE CHARLES DOES


OBAMA ROLLS OVER FOR MONEY

http://ia311205.us.archive.org/1/items/amy-goodman-column-20080724/Pod_ConventionsMoney_1-2.mp3


Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

http://www.thewashingtonnote.com/archives/mccain%20bush%20hug%20twn.jpg

Posted by: here's creepy | August 27, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

The ghost of politics past ought to visit Obama tonight and whisper ... "Remember the Wellstone memorial service." That backfired worse than a '46 pickup truck braking downhill.

Posted by: HGO from Minnesota | August 27, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Barak Obama's major skill is playing with mirrors, or what otherwise is known as BS artistry. He was good at it, but apparently it is no longer enough . We can hear that bubble bursting, Roman temples or not.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

May be Obama should go in battle gear on board a US Naval Carrier with the slogan "WILL COMPLETE THE MISSION UNACCOMPLISHED BY EMPEROR GREGORIUS BUSH"! Really why waste newsprint on Krauthammer who refuses t come out of his ideological cocoon.

Posted by: nirades | August 27, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Why is Krauthammer given space in the prestigious paper? Is it to meet some ADA quota? He never has anything interesting to say...just infantile mockery. I have an 8 year-old nephew who can do that...and for less pay!

Posted by: kirkc | August 27, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer: "Emperor Obama?"

No, it's Krauthammer's man who isn't wearing any clothes.

Posted by: wardropper | August 27, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

A recent article came out suggesting liberals are the angriest and most unhappy segment of our society, until I read the comments here, I thought it was a joke.
The Obama choreograph is just so obvious, without all the productions there is nothing there. A possible foreshadowing of reality for those who believe, no matter how bad things seem now, there are things that are far worse.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

The analogies are significant and the stadium appearance is a repeat of the Berlin mistake. We must remember that it is a part of the psychological make-up of dictators and demagogues to appear in grandiose settings in front of as many people as they can command under threat. Fidel Castro, Mugabe, and assorted African and Latin-American demagogues hypnotized their masses using stadiums. It is not fitting to an American democracy.

Posted by: Eduardo Pierce | August 27, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

What, they couldn't find a miniature Stonehenge? Barack - he goes to eleven!

Posted by: Nigel | August 27, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

The whole phony backdrop at midfield will be a riot. I guess the McCain people won't even think of using the whole celebutard thing against Obama will they. The only thing better would be Obama on a bus tour after the convention, a reminder of all the people he has thrown under.

Posted by: cv | August 27, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

When is the little hammering kraut, the neo-con noodle head, that he forever seems doomed to be, ever going to get down to some actual conservative substance. This constant unvarnished pandering to the actual Republicans In Name Only (RINO's many of whom are nothing but former bigoted Southern Democrats simply wearing a Republican badge and should be booted from the GOP)is ultimately all to pathetic, when instead real Republicans ought to be doing some real problem solving. Back when that other Southern Democrat, Jimmy Carter, was mucking up America, Ronald Reagan asked the American people if they were better off now than they were four years ago. A lot of Americans are in the same negative predicament and this under a so-called Republican president, "the george". Why isn't a Republican focus on problem solving, real work (the kind that real Republican constituents do every day of the week), instead of these harangues on Obama. He may be construed as an idiot or not, but if we cannot win the American people with our fiscal deeds, then we as Republicans don't deserve to lead the country. If we can't "show the people the money", then why should they vote for Republicans? It is telling of the GOP's fiscal failure when you and the other RINO pundits in the GOP party have to resort to sliming the opposition instead of touting GOP successes in growing the economy to convince the American people of the righteousness of our economic policy. Get real Chuck!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama's an empty suit who's lost without a teleprompter. Why do you think he avoided the townhall style debates like the plague. On a side note, it's always amazing to watch the liberals/progressives start acting like adolescent school kids, ranting and raving and calling names every time their candidate's shone in an unfavorable light.

Posted by: RickyP | August 27, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Wow. What a piercing, insightful, valuable commentary by the esteem'd Mr. Krauthammer. All that's missing is the closing "nyaah, nyaah nyaah nyaah nyaah."

Seriously, one would think that, if one has free access to an op-ed page on which to air one's musings, one might be a bit more substantive.

Posted by: Sluggo | August 27, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Obama will rise on the elevated podium, listen to the youth yelling "Heil,Heil" and feel the rush. Our founding fathers would turn over in their graves if they could see this mixture of hip-hop and Spike Lee which is now being called the Democratic "party". Or has it been renamed yet?

Posted by: zaney8 | August 27, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer...you're a shrink, right? Why don't you write about what a senile old psychopathic warmongerer your boy McSame is.

Oh, I forgot...so are you.

Posted by: vf | August 27, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Amazing that men (and I use the term loosely) with serious issues can actually get a job with the Washington Post - and a prominent job at that.

Makes you wonder what the criteria for employment are.

Posted by: wardropper | August 27, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

If this guy is on your staff, even as a equal opportunity commentator, you have chosen the wrong guy. His comments are less then correct, adequate or incisive.

The best he could do is help Corsi write books!

Posted by: jerry rubin | August 27, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

If Obama showed up in a '71 Pinto, spoke pearched atop a bolder and yelling through a megaphone old Chuck would find an angle of attack.

Give it a rest...hack.

Posted by: DStone | August 27, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Well, you're surely on your way to getting that Pulitzer now, Krauthammer!

Maybe one day we'll see that column on the perils of the imperial presidency, that thanks to the likes of Bush, Cheney, Addington, and their neocon minions in the press helped to create.

Till then, just keep focusing on the window-dressing. You're a hack.

Posted by: Ricardo Malocchio | August 27, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

What I have read in many of the comments is that if you don't express a liberal viewpoint, you should not be published. I love how the left pretends its for free speech until someone says something they disagree with.

The point about the whitehouse is a good one. The democrats just needed a basic campaign to win the white house, and they keep finding new ways to screw up more.

Posted by: Nats | August 27, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Coming from someone in a political party whose most popular mouth (Limbaugh) routinely refers to Ronald Reagan as "Ronaldus Magnus," and whose candidate for president routinely refers to the Russians wanting to restore their "empire," does this guy really have any room to be tossing around phrases like "emperor" when it comes to Obama....??

Posted by: Tom | August 27, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Charles K., your column just made my day. You say what I can't say as eloquently as you do.

What I have to say is that Obama/Axelrod are making a huge mistake if they don't let the roll call go on as the Conventions are supposed to - legitimately, and from beginning to end. Why?

Because everything they do to try to manipulate this election only drives another wedge between Obama and the American people. The American people don't like manipulation of their democratic voting system - and Obama has manipulated this primary all along -

Not letting the roll call vote go on will only add to the long list of reasons we don't trust Barack Hussein Obama, Jr., some of which are the fact he is so secretive about his ethnicity - he is 47.5% Arab - not eligible for the Affirmative Action scholarships he got to go to prestigious, elite schools and universities.

After he fraudulently used the system to get his education, he looks down from his self-annointed mountain top and chastizes and chides people who couldn't afford to go and who did not choose to "use the system."

Obama believes that poor, uneducated people are low i.q. minions. I have his Obama control freaks call people in W.V., etc. that. And Obama, himself, calls the main street and rural people "bitter" turning to God and guns when asked in S.F. why they weren't supporting him (Obama).

Obama has an answer for everything except why he is so disliked and so untrusted. I remind you that if this little narcisstic dicator gets in the White House - he will be the same dictator there that he is at the Convention - he has muzzled the media, according to Tom Brokaw, not to say anything negative, and he is stopping the roll call vote. Who is he to stop that vote, anyway?

The elitists in this country will rue the day that they turned Barack Obama loose on this country, and hi-jacked the Democratic Party, the American people, both black and white. Those people don't work for a living - they don't know the meaning of figuring out how to survive in this economy - they lay around on their chais lounges getting nice tans for the next t.v. opportunity they have. gw.

Posted by: Iowatreasures | August 27, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

<<Obama's an empty suit who's lost without a teleprompter. Why do you think he avoided the townhall style debates like the plague. On a side note, it's always amazing to watch the liberals/progressives start acting like adolescent school kids, ranting and raving and calling names every time their candidate's shone in an unfavorable light.<<

it's "shown", not shone, you illiterate moron. How's that for name calling?

No one is better at name calling and innuendo than Republicans. Look in the mirror.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Worst. Article. Ever.

Posted by: Alex Thuronyi | August 27, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

What about the Victory Banner?
How do you say "Mission Accomplished" in Latin?

Posted by: Tomhere | August 27, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like Krauthammer is fed up with the egocentrism.

To all of those who find fault with his view here, check the record. You will find that Krauty is almost always correct in his analyses!

Posted by: Fred Tyler | August 27, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Obama has based his campaign on image - not issues and solutions - and that rockstar image will continue.

His hubris is breathtaking!
This elaborate production tomorrow night for THE ONE is right up there with his failed "presidential seal" and his attempt to speak at the Brandenburg Gate.

PUMA
Dems for McCain!

Posted by: zazzle | August 27, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

The tough-talking 5'8" gigolo, McCain, has the "Napoleon" market cornered.

Posted by: mnjam | August 27, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

A.L.L. at 1:23 - Couldn't agree more.

Posted by: Echo21 | August 27, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Why aren't the "personal attacks" removed from this sorry site, as the guidelines say they will be? Have we lost all decorum and personal respect as we engage in political dialogue? This is gross.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Did not bother to read Krauthammer, why papers print garbage from lousy Americans like him I will never understand.

Posted by: kevin g | August 27, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

AND ALONG WITH CK HELPFULLY PROVIDING THE NECESSARY DETAILS ON SOMETHING SO UNBELIEVABLE THAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC ARE GOING TO TURN AWAY FROM THIS ARROGANT JERK SPECTACLE IN ASTONISHMENT AND DISGUST, THERE IS THIS KEY OMEN FOR OBAMA BIN BIDEN'S FUTURE:

Gallup poll shows McCain nudging ahead of Obama

by The Times-Picayune
Tuesday August 26, 2008, 5:52 PM

Democrats worried that Barack Obama was not pulling away from John McCain in recent polls were a little shaken today when a Gallup daily tracking poll showed the Republican moving slightly ahead.

PRINCETON, NJ -- It's official: Barack Obama has received no bounce in voter support out of his selection of Sen. Joe Biden to be his vice presidential running mate.
Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Aug. 23-25, the first three-day period falling entirely after Obama's Saturday morning vice presidential announcement, shows 46% of national registered voters backing John McCain and 44% supporting Obama, not appreciably different from the previous week's standing for both candidates. This is the first time since Obama clinched the nomination in early June, though, that McCain has held any kind of advantage over Obama in Gallup Poll Daily tracking.


BUH-BYE BUH-BYE OBAMA BIN BIDEN!-SOON ENOUGH, YOU WILL BE RELEGATED TO THE POLITICAL CAMPAIGN TRASH HEAP-AND IT COULDN'T HAPPEN TO A MORE ARROGANTLY DESERVING JERK THAN YOU OBAMA! BUH-BYE!

Posted by: SPRING RAIN | August 27, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Wow the level of discourse in these posts are really 2nd grade. Vitriolic, insulting, dripping with poison. It's all about Mr. Krauthammer soiling himself, there is humor about his wheelchair, calls to push him off bridges. This is discourse?

Posted by: SouthernExile | August 27, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

So we shouldn't be excited about a presidential candidate? Is Krauthammer really saying we should be more excited about watching athletes throw balls and run around?
If 80,000 people were excited about McCain, the Repubs would be doing this too.

Posted by: Appalled | August 27, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

This is going to backfire on Obama...he's good looking, dresses well, speaks wonderfully (with the aid of a teleprompter) but he's a luftmensch...an air-man...all pretty talk, but listen to what he's saying...every dictator/terrorist/socialist in the world is hoping he'll be the President. The only thing concrete I've heard from him is that he'll unconditionally talk to sh*theads and he wants to steal from the wealthy in order to buy power from the poor...we are at the point in our democracy where the populace can vote itself additional benefits. That has historically meant that the experiment with democracy is about over. Bankruptcy followed by dictatorship are the most likely result. Kool-Aid anyone?

Posted by: guadalcanal diary | August 27, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Poll: Obama gets convention bounce!!!!!
He's now TIED with McCain.
LOL

www.RasmussenReports.com

Dems for McCain - NO Hussein!

Posted by: JoseyJ | August 27, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

IT LOOKS LIKE THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL... you know Greek Architecture.


Washington has lost it.

LOOK OUT THE WINDOW CHARLIES. ALL THE BUILDINGS LOOK LIKE THAT IN DC.

Posted by: Peter | August 27, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

"Or maybe he'll just do a Napoleon and coronate himself."

Is that an opinion? A smear? Or an insult in bad taste?

Actually, it's just bad English.
Queen Elizabeth was crowned in 1953.
Not "coronated".

Posted by: wardropper | August 27, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Chuck, you really need to have someone surgically remove that stick out of your butt before you do yourself real damage.

Posted by: hmmmmmer | August 27, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Krauthammer's brain is as dead as his legs.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Aleks Rohde

So you are not voting for him because he is too popular? Seems Obama is either not enough of something or too much of something else. I dont think I have ever known of a presidential candidate loosing votes for being two popular or too smart until 08. Which leads me to believe its because he is too multiracial to be the real reason people will not support him.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

The Krautmeister must have REALLY hated Bush's charade on the USS Lincoln in his flight suit, landing a plane that two other guys flew. No pomposity or theatrics in that, huh?????

Posted by: SHW | August 27, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Wow, never know of a candidate having to apologize for being liked around the globe. Thats a new one. Perhaps if he had been booed at each event Charles would be more favorable in his article. Not.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

This doesn't even stand up against a third-rate gossip column.

Posted by: Staggo Lee | August 27, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

>>>>So we shouldn't be excited about a presidential candidate?

You're missing the point!
Obama's elaborate stage feeds the narrative that he's an arrogant elitist.

This is no way to attract undecideds and Hillary supporters who are more interested in steak than the candy Obama offers.

PUMA


Posted by: JoseyJ | August 27, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

guadalcanal diary wrote:
"This is going to backfire on Obama...he's good looking, dresses well, speaks wonderfully (with the aid of a teleprompter) but he's a luftmensch...an air-man..."

Your man, on the other hand is not full of air, but something rather heavier, perhaps?

Posted by: wardropper | August 27, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it our current President who was selected by God to pursue a Holy Crusade of spreading democracy and liberating all oppressed people who yearn to breath the free air of um...freedom?

Maybe I'm confused. I just got here.

Posted by: Just got here | August 27, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Krauthammer's idiotic partisan musings offend and yes, these poisonous posts preclude serious discourse. Why else would we be here?

Posted by: meanspirited | August 27, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Given the imperial pretensions of the current occupant of the Oval Office, and his claque's governing theory of a Unitary executive, which is pretty much indistinguishable from Caligula or Caracalla's style of governing, this is pretty rich.
And Dr. K is nothing if not for the rich..

Posted by: MR Bill | August 27, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

>>>>Which leads me to believe its because he is too multiracial to be the real reason people will not support him.

You want it to be about Obama's race - but actually it's his Empty Suit he's been wearing since he entered the prez race.

Obama/Britney08


Posted by: JoseyJ | August 27, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Chuck just made my point from yesterday. If you want to predict what Krauthammer will write about next just consult the latest GOP talking points on its line of attack. The GOP wants to paint Obama as emperor-in-waiting and guess what Chuck writes about today.

And have you noticed another thing. Whenever a criticism of the conservative movement hits a little too close to the bone, conservatives immediately begin attacking liberals for exactly those things to which conservatives themselves are most prone. When conservatives get slammed by liberals for showing a little too much Aryan Super Race leg when they call Bush critics "traitors" and "terrorist abettors," conservatives immediately come out with books with titles like "Liberal Fascism." And now that Cheney has largely succeeded in presiding over the restoration of the Nixonian imperial presidency, want to guess why our friend Krauthammer has taken to calling Obama our next "Emperor."

Posted by: Ted Frier | August 27, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Guadacanal said:

"every dictator/terrorist/socialist in the world is hoping he'll be the President."

Traveling around the world as I do, and talking to people, you have NO IDEA HOW TRUE THIS STATEMENT OF YOURS IS! REALLY! THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN, THE WORLD'S NO# 1 EXPORTER OF TERRORISM BY PROXY IN THE WORLD, IS PRACTICALLY FAINTING WITH ANTICIPATION FOR BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA TO BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT! IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN-MARK MY WORLDS NOW! IT WILL BE A LANDSLIDE FOR MCCAIN/ROMNEY-AN ABSOLUTE LANDSLIDE!

Posted by: SPRING RAIN | August 27, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Mafia John? How did McCain "earn" his money? By cheating on his first wife, dumping her and his kids and marrying (taking a marriage license while still married -- a crime against God and Women!) a 23-year-old bimbo whose father was a mobster whose business partner MURDERED a real journalist to prevent him from telling the story about Keating and McCain and his mafia in-laws' S&L looting. And if Kraut, Will, Dana, fred and these other fake "religious" people continue their hack work for McSleaze they must be mafia scum as well.

Posted by: McMafia | August 27, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Someone should roll Krauthammer's wheelchair from the Jefferson Memorial's temple like structure straight into the tidal basin.

With him in it, of course.

-------------------------------------------

So very true!

Posted by: muppet | August 27, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer is not so predictable. I thought he'd see at least a Roman amphitheater.

His question might then be "will Nobama wear a toga or short pants."

The Chinese would be hard to equal in their birdcage with the 2,008 drummers. Now that was frightening.

Will he be preceded by a Vexilloid of the Roman Empire. "The vexilloid of the Roman Empire was a red banner with the letters SPQR (the Senate and the Roman People)in gold surrounded by a gold wreath hung on a military standard topped by a Roman eagle or an image of the goddess Victoria made of silver or bronze.

Posted by: Rober | August 27, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

JEALOUS MUCH?

Ha Ha - I love it!

Nobody gives a squirt about the lame Republican candidate, so you whine and cry and try desperately to make Obama's strengths into weaknesses.

Won't work! Go Obama!


Posted by: sequoia | August 27, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Larry Craig should be forgiven for his transgression after all he thought it was his good buddy Charles Krauthammer in the other stall! Guess any body could make that mistake.

Posted by: Whatstall is he in | August 27, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

It is interesting how many of these posted blogs are emotional and nonsensical and full of hate.

We have two candidates which can do the job. Obama has no significant experience but has seemingly alot of potential but what he willa ctually do as President we do not know. McCain has alot of experience and a track record by which his future actions as President can be measured. John McCain is not George Bush ( as much as the progresives which are really the radical left ) and Barack Obama is not John Kennedy since he appears to have more ethics. The reality is that liberals and the radical left will vote for Obama and the conservatives will reluctantly vote for McCain. The winner will be the candidate who gets most of the Clinton voters, the blue collar, the evangelicals if they vote and moderate independents.

Posted by: rljmsilver | August 27, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Someone should roll Krauthammer's wheelchair from the Jefferson Memorial's temple like structure straight into the tidal basin.

With him in it, of course.

-------------------------------------------

So very true!

Posted by: muppet | August 27, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Trust Me

"You're a financial planner and you want to invest my retirement savings in scratch tickets?"
"Trust me. I was a POW."

"You're a plumber and you're going to fix my clog with a stick of dynamite?"
"Trust me. I was a POW."

"You're a firefighter and you're going to put out the flames with gasoline?"
"Trust me. I was a POW."

"You're a jeweler and you're going to fix my Rolex with a hammer?"
"Trust me. I was a POW."

"You’re a nuclear physicist and you're giving out 'free samples' of enriched uranium to children?"
"Trust me. I was a POW."

"You're a surgeon and you're using a rusty hacksaw?"
"Trust me. I was a POW."

"You’re the Republican candidate for president and you want to fix the country's problems even though you don’t know much about the economy, you don’t know how to use the internet, you don’t know how many houses you own or what kind of car you drive, you admit you don’t think clearly when you’re tired, you make frequent gaffes on foreign policy, you think offshore drilling is a short-term solution to high gas prices, you support torture and keeping the Guantanamo prison open, you make rash decisions and statements from which you have to quickly backtrack, you have an explosive temper on a hair trigger, your idea of health care reform is 'wear more sunscreen,' you're for stem cell research except when it's done on stem cells because you consider them all American citizens, and you voted to support the policies of the worst president ever 100 percent of the time this year?"
"Trust me, my friends. I was a POW."

Yes, a POW who spent 3 years making anti-American prop for the Communists. And guess what? Those tapes are now in the hands of real journalists and we will shortly be seeing "Hero" McSleaze being a real "hero".

Posted by: McLiar = "Songbird" | August 27, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

The only one who lost his mind is you Krauthammer, what are you smoking man ? weren't and your neocon buddies all past 7 years, get a life. ypou morron.

Posted by: tony | August 27, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

The Berlin event was not so well received in this country. Does Obama not listen to the people? The faux Greek columns are over the top. Is he trying to say that he has the wisdom of Aristotle?

Posted by: Lizfi | August 27, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer is "projecting". There is some desperation here. Obviously, all the conservative pundits in WAPO (Kristol, Ponnuru, Krauthammer, Novak, Cohen) must be synchronizing their attacks. It is hilarious!!!! One day, the topic is Narcissicm. Next day, Messiah. 3rd day, Rock Star. 4th day Inexperienced. Guys, guys, guys. make up your mind. Is he ready, is he supernatural? anyway you see obama, it is all in your f*cking minds. Obama is a decent, hard working, highly intelligent man who will make a great president.

Posted by: M. Stratas | August 27, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Why did McSleaze take a marriage license while still married? What woman in her right mind would vote for such a sleazebag?
Was he having prostitutes visiting that Arlington condo? His lobbyist lover certainly visited there. Ask the desk clerks.

Posted by: McCain Sex Life | August 27, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

rulo123

So you think he should cancel his appearance out of fear of being too popular? Never heard of popularity hurting a politician before. Have you? Only when a black man runs for president do we start hearing such ridiculous notions. Perhaps its because Obama does not fit the traditional stereotypes of black men so whites have to come up with these creative positions to take on Obama to avoid the obvious reasons they are uncomfortable with him. Let see his name makes him muslim, his church makes him racist, his education makes him elitist, and his multicultured multiracial upbringing makes him a radical and finally his popularity makes him cult like. If this isnt a clear message by some americans that anyone outside of White Men are not welcomed as leader or our country I dont know what is.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Emperor Bush had two Republicans reregister themselves as independents so that he could appoint them to the bipartisan Civil Rights Commision and thus control it. This administration has no shame. I'm waiting for McCain to denounce this. Nuf said.

Posted by: fedup | August 27, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't Ancient Greece a Democracy?

Posted by: yup | August 27, 2008 1:06 PM

No. It was a mess of city-states that vacillated between tyranny, oligarchy, and direct democracy (i.e. ruled by demogogues). There was a few generations of democratic rule here and there in Athens which was constantly be overthrown by the landowning upper-classes or being destroyed by rival city-states (SPARTA!) due to the stupidity of the easily-led masses.

Posted by: croaker69 | August 27, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Everybody is asking the question - 'why isn't Obama doing better since all generic factors are favoring the Dems?

1. We just don't know who he is and are put off by the media pop star sell (CK).
2. McCain is better liked than the media realizes (Leno).
3. There really is a large Hillary support segment out there that is waffling (Ohio).
4. America likes split government and doesn't want a three house one party government for fear of excessive programs and spending (me).
5. We really still are a downright mean and racist nation (Michelle).


PS 'Predictable' at 12:51, "I hate Obama" already has the verb and noun. But thanks for playing.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

What drivel. I don't care "who" Barack Obama is or "who" John McCain is. Or "what" either of them says in their speeches this week or next. Or whether either of them is stark naked when he delivers the speech.

It's crap.

The government is run by 3000 top level appointees. These 3000 will be the same people we have now if John McCain is elected. Likewise, it will be a very different 3,000 if a Democrat is elected, REGARDLESS of who that Democrat is.

How stupid have people in this country become?

70% of the population disapproves of George Bush, meaning 30% approve. Yet 51% voted for him in 2004, meaning that 21% of the population are complete morons. Bush was perfectly clear about his policies and priorities and NOTHING he has done since 1/20/05 is surprising or unexpected.

80% of the people in this country think it's on the wrong track, meaning only 20% like the way things are going. Yet 46%, plan today to vote for McCain -- to keep this country on the same track. That means 26% are complete morons.

We have more morons now than we did 4 years ago.

It's because of the mindless emphasis on the superficial and meaningless. Like this column. Thank you Charles, for your contribution to the stupefaction of the public. You are a moron's moron.

Posted by: mnjam | August 27, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Obama really likes a monumental venue for his speeches. In Berlin, he wanted to speak in front of the Brandenburg Gate, but was denied. It is consistent within his character to construct his own classical backdrop to add drama to his acceptance speech before a packed house at Invesco Field at Mile High.

Posted by: John in Michigan | August 27, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Who is advising Obama? If Reuters is correct, and I pray they are wrong, what kind of after image will Obama rising into the "temple" leave?

I'm disgusted.

Posted by: honisoitquimalypense | August 27, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

i'm betting that somone had the idea to do this at easter. but the timing was off.

Posted by: jrzshor | August 27, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

LOL!!!...hysterical how angry the liberals get reading Krauthammer. Seriously, is he striking a nerve with you because there is some truth in it? What is it?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

"People - it is an op-ed, where a writer is entitled to his opinion. Stop getting so upset. Wow do people get angry when a Post writer criticizes someone the readers generally like."

Posted by: John S. | August 27, 2008 1:13 PM

The problem people have with it is it's a petty nonsensical criticism based on K's nonexistent mind-reading powers.

Posted by: croaker69 | August 27, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse


A silly sneer.

But it's in the kraut's genes...it comes easily.

Posted by: Ellen | August 27, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Still, for real showmanship and "sound and fury, signifying nothing", it's hard to beat George W Bush's appearance on the flight deck in fly boy costume, backed by a huge poster declaring "mission accomplished."

Posted by: mac | August 27, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

"I think there will be a backlash against Obama when recieves his coronation in front of 75,000 people crowd lustily cheering. the Middle america will think that this guy is an elite."

Posted by: discerner | August 27, 2008 1:15 PM

We certainly wouldn't want our country's leadership to come from the elite now would we?

Posted by: croaker69 | August 27, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Or maybe Obama will flip a switch, pulling back a curtain, to reveal Bush, Cheney, McCain and Krauthammer sexually engaged in a foursome....

Posted by: Truth Be Told | August 27, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

A.L.L.

When you say he is grandstanding do you mean like showing his face at the democratic convention that he is to be nominated? he is running for president, Not playing basketball for team USA. I know you as a stark democrat has never demanded that from any other candidate yet obama for some reason has to humble himself to the point he does not even look presidential to make people comfortable with him. Is george bush humble? Is dick "go f#ck youself cheney humble? Is hillary clinton humble? Yet Obama is labeled arrogant for just showing up. I guess he just looks arrogant huh? How come when a black man is accomplished white people are quick to label him as uppity or arrogant. Mohammed Ali was arrogant. Obama is confident like you want your president to be. Dont ask him to humble himself like he is Kobe Bryant or someone like that. He is running for one of the most important jobs in the world, and he is not running for Pope.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer didn't really try to draw some parallel between Obama a Napoleon, did he?

Wow...

Posted by: shocked dad | August 27, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

As a licensed psychologist, I'm qualified to speculate that Krauthammer has column envy. He sure is obsessed with the venues Obama gives his speeches in, isn't he? Shorter Krauthammer: Democrats shouldn't be popular. Cults of Personality should be reserved for Republicans like Reagan or post-9-11/pre-Iraq George W.

Posted by: Steve | August 27, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Keep it coming --- we have been blinded by the "Light".

From one non-neo-con who appreciates the hints of psychoanalytic reference and savors the Krauthammer perspective!

Posted by: jml | August 27, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

You really have to admire Krauthammer's consistency: liberals -- all evil; conservatives -- all good; George W. Bush -- can't recall the fella.

Posted by: Larry | August 27, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Don't be so hard on Mr. Krauthammer, folks! He and his fellow Master of Opinion Bob Novak have served the current Administration well by mindlessly parroting whatever Bushie's talking points were. It's nice to see Mr. Krauthammer doing it for McCain as well. Well, "nice" might not be the right word. How about "consistent"?

Fortunately, we won't need their services after January, 2009.

Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: willythekorn | August 27, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse


OH Ladies, oh Gentlemen:

Be sympathetic. The kraut and his neocon
buddies are about to be thrown out in the cold

No power, except when netahnayoo gets elected, if he does.

But in America, doing their zionist things, they're not gonna have any juice. AND WHAT THEY HAVE DONE will be reversed, as much as possible. Except Iraq.

(We probably cannot hope for an indefinite sojourn to the Hague pokie, which would be
all too appropriate..for Wolfowitz and Perle, Kraut, et. al. And et.al.

but be little sympathetic while you laugh.

Posted by: too easy | August 27, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Uh...whats the point of this article? Sounds like someone is a little jealous.

Posted by: Joe Brulle | August 27, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer needs to get out of Washington a little more. Since when is it a bad thing that Americans (i.e. Obama) are liked abroad? Better a gawdy Convention than a "Mission Accomplished" ceremony on an aircraft carrier.

Posted by: George | August 27, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

What we have here is a wannabe boy-king: An inferiority complex confirmed by picking a fading adult as his VP, and all the lemmings chanting: "We will, we will....."

Posted by: Stan | August 27, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Ummm, John McCain has already given a speech looking back over his accomplishments during his first term. I'll take columns and production values any time compared to that hubris ...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Fox Noise.

Posted by: larry | August 27, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I started reading these posts and gave up.

Please: Obama is neither the Devil nor the Messiah. Nor is McCain. The country will probably endure regardless of which of them is elected.

Get a grip, you folks!

Posted by: Mark Tillman | August 27, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Krauthammer,
That was a bit over the top. But, perhaps, I see your point: The DNC is more interested in the show than substance. (Other than his speeches and what I can find in Wikipedia, what has Obama ever done?) Perhaps the DNC is correct. It's the perception of the man that's important, not the substance.

Posted by: Primegrop | August 27, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Where's the Liberal Media we keep hearing so much about for all these years? It certainly isn't the WaPo. Fact free reporting seem to rule the day here.

Posted by: Unrepentant Liberal | August 27, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Farewell Turdhammer, farewell!

Posted by: Do I see smiles returning to the U.S.? | August 27, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer has a point. A smart professional campaign at this point wants to downplay the whole "Messiah" thing and not seem arrogant so as not to turn off voters. Using an imperial or royal seeming backdrop like that is not a wise campaign move. This, however, is not a wisely run campaign, so it's unsurprising they would make a mistake like this.

Posted by: Frank | August 27, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

It must be disheartening to see that people finally get that your emperor Bush had no clothes. How frightening it will be for you when they see that your newly anointed McCain has decided to borrow them. It makes you have to work so hard to dress up the sows ear doesn't it?

Posted by: Terry | August 27, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Does this headline refer to the subject of the piece or the author? From the accompanying photo and the article's content, I can only conclude that it is the latter.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I think that it was Nixon who aspired to be emporer. The idea of casting Obama in this role is make-believe. that is about the extent of the republican resoursces at this point.

Now Charles is another story: Is there a more bitter little half wit, self styled expert on everything from foreign policy to economics paid to comment? Charles is just a pathetic republican hack trying to save his own bacon.

Posted by: mike | August 27, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

"This seems appropriate given his position as an Elysian dreamer. His acceptance speech will feature glittering rhetoric designed to hold his listeners in a web of absortion more trance-like than attentive."

Posted by: Paul Bloustein | August 27, 2008 1:24 PM

Elysian dreamer? What does that even mean? Is he dead? Was he an ancient greek hero in another life? Your chronic misuse of overwrought verbiage dripping with partially comprehended terms and Rococo rhetorical flourishes reveals you to be self-aggrandizing
gasbag.


Posted by: croaker69 | August 27, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Shut up Charles.

Your anti-Obama comments are so stupid that I can't read most of them.

Posted by: rlj | August 27, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I also heard Obama and Michelle are going to fly into the stadium with jet-packs, do his act with trained bears, and sing a duet with Hannah Montana.

A lovely circus, but Obama is still an empty suit.

Posted by: pgr88 | August 27, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone take this jackass Kruthummer seriously anymore? I mean come on, no substance in his writings just dumb rhetoric. Time to retire sir.

Posted by: Ryan | August 27, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

A catchy headline, a 104 words quote, 96 words of vacuous ramblings about nothing. You call that a 'column'?

If this is the best you can do, then I understand why you resent Obama for his capacity to attract tens of thousands of educated people to his speeches.

Posted by: Incredible | August 27, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

"Has he lost his mind?"

Like Goebbels or Himmler asking whether Neville Chamberlain has lost his mind, isn't it?
Preferring peaceful means is obviously only for old women and young children today.
Chamberlain was mistaken about Hitler, but Obama knows he's dealing with ruthless killers.

Nevertheless, Krauthammer wants still more blood.
And only McCain can satisfy his craving now.

Posted by: wardropper | August 27, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Seriously guys, this post is merely a continuation of the theme a great deal of people have commented on: the arrogance of Obama (usually written as audacity because of his book). This is not a claim made without support. Obama has displayed his arrogance routinely throughout the campaign.

1) His faux presidential seal he sported for a few days before Jon Stewart (an avid liberal) commented on the fact that he had not yet been elected and thus shouldn't be entitled to use a seal like that.

2)His effort to speak at Brandenburg Gate, a privilege reserved for people who actually had something to do with the Cold War...

3) His promise to unite America in a post-partisan future, when he has not once crossed the aisle on any meaningful issue.

4) His very campaign for the presidency is a pretension considering his complete lack of meaningful political experience and lack of accomplishment while holding any of the posts he assumed.

I realize I will inevitably be called a neocon bush-loving racist for saying this, but the theme of Obama and his pretensions is a theme which has merit.

Posted by: William | August 27, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

You know Charles, as a Christian I have never had my faith so insulted by you and Rush Limbaugh. Because of you would lose your lofty post you have kept your rhetoric down but the unconstrained Rush Limbaugh continually referrers to Obama as the Messiah. He has even referred to Obama as my Messiah because I support him. This is blasphemy. My Messiah lived 2000 years ago and is Jesus Christ and to say Obama is my Messiah is so disrespectful of my and millions of American’s faith. A real Christian would never say a person who has professed his life to Christ (as Obama has) is the Messiah. I can tell you that I will never buy a product from a sponsor of Rush Limbaugh because has insulted my faith. No other Christian should listen to Obama or you.

Posted by: bradcpa | August 27, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

How Dare A Conservative say anything about a Democrat acting like a Dictator( like all Kings, Emp etc are), when Bush has made himself a defacto Dictator through signing statements, and generally ignoring well established law.

Note one example is that a large number of Bush Critics have ended up on the no fly list, including Senator Kennedy

Posted by: Muddy | August 27, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

pgr88- Perhaps, but still the only intelligent choice...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

AND ALONG WITH CK HELPFULLY PROVIDING THE NECESSARY DETAILS ON SOMETHING SO UNBELIEVABLE THAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC ARE GOING TO TURN AWAY FROM THIS ARROGANT JERK SPECTACLE IN ASTONISHMENT AND DISGUST, THERE IS THIS KEY OMEN FOR OBAMA BIN BIDEN'S FUTURE:

Gallup poll shows McCain nudging ahead of Obama

by The Times-Picayune
Tuesday August 26, 2008, 5:52 PM

Democrats worried that Barack Obama was not pulling away from John McCain in recent polls were a little shaken today when a Gallup daily tracking poll showed the Republican moving slightly ahead.

PRINCETON, NJ -- It's official: Barack Obama has received no bounce in voter support out of his selection of Sen. Joe Biden to be his vice presidential running mate.
Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Aug. 23-25, the first three-day period falling entirely after Obama's Saturday morning vice presidential announcement, shows 46% of national registered voters backing John McCain and 44% supporting Obama, not appreciably different from the previous week's standing for both candidates. This is the first time since Obama clinched the nomination in early June, though, that McCain has held any kind of advantage over Obama in Gallup Poll Daily tracking.


BUH-BYE BUH-BYE OBAMA BIN BIDEN!-SOON ENOUGH, YOU WILL BE RELEGATED TO THE POLITICAL CAMPAIGN TRASH HEAP-AND IT COULDN'T HAPPEN TO A MORE ARROGANTLY DESERVING JERK THAN YOU OBAMA! BUH-BYE!

Posted by: spring rain | August 27, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

It ain't a column. It's a blog entry and, not surprisingly, Krauthammer's musings draw a crowd.........and people think the WaPo should get rid of him. Eyeballs to advertisers, folks.

Posted by: Ed | August 27, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I think the Greek columns thing is so appropriate because they practiced infanticide too.

Posted by: Husien m. | August 27, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

the post is liberal. how many conservative columnists are there anyway? charles, novak & will and none are really any good except for this one. ruth, meyerson, E.J., king, robinson, cohen (sellout), etc etc etc. And to all of you throwing around "neocon" with smug self satisfaction: no one's insulted and you're not original.

Posted by: alex | August 27, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Yup you can count on Chuck to get those Republican talking points down pat. Just because McSame can't draw his relatives or fly's to an advent does not make it a crime to people to go see Obama. Wonder if Chuckie would feel the same if Big John could get more than 50 of the paid faithful from K street?

Posted by: bob | August 27, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Thant's right Krauty, Obama will be the new Emporer and his first command will be to put you in charge of filling the hog troughs in Washington, Good luck with that.

Posted by: rl sandow | August 27, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Look ya'll - DC is Libral Libral Libral. The Washington Post is definitely a libral newspaper. Everyone knows it. Is it so horrible that somebody with a differnt viewpoint voice his/ her opinion? I thought being libral meant being open minded?! Clearly not!
The tides have changed - libral politics doesn't mean being open minded and accepting AT ALL. More and more it means being controlling & power hungry. Good for Mr. K for not being intimidated by the BOOMING VOICE OF LIBRERALISM that is rampant in this area! I applaud him for speaking his mind and giving us a different perspective.

Posted by: annoymous | August 27, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I think most people in DC would say it looks like the Lincoln Memorial and not a Greek temple. Lincoln was also from Illinois, get it? And tomorrow is the anniversary of Dr. King's "I have a dream speech." Where was that delivered? I forget. Oh, the Lincoln Memorial.

Posted by: John C | August 27, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

rljmsilver, Mccain is not just equal to Bush he is a lot worse than Bush, did you see his Health care plan, or his Social security plan, did you see who was(still) his financial adviser:it's Phil Gram the man behind the Financial deregulation that created the subrime mess, the men who created the Enron loophole that caused the 4.00 a gallon. si is that the experience you want to bring us, no thanks.

Posted by: Tony, Ashburn VA | August 27, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

After 7 years of the petty tyrant Bush and his imperial presidency, it it just partisan rubbish to try to paint senator Obama as imperial. If anything his large open rallys reflect an egalitarian approach.

Posted by: lionmark | August 27, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm sick and tired of this double
standard the Rove-ites keep perpetrating.
They are still taking us all for complete idiots.
Kraut is part of the same subtle, but incidious propoganda machine that scared
the country into elected Bush 2x.
Enough already with the Obama-Envy.
Let McCain live up to his promise and match
the specifics that Obama will lay out very, very shortly ....

Posted by: ronmbo | August 27, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

"...maybe he'll just do a Napoleon and coronate himself"?

Dear Krautauthor

Sir,

Maybe, just maybe, what you are really fearing about the Obama acceptance speech venue that it will not be 'Napoleon coronation' at all.
Rather, you actually fear it will turn out to be a success. An unbridled success evidenced by a popular expression of unrestrained political engagement. Surely this is what you really fear. You vapid 'scardie-cat'!

Posted by: sdmac | August 27, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Day by day, week by week, Krauthammer destroys WaPo's credibility brick by brick.

What a partisan hack. When did they fire the journalists and replace them with game show hosts?

Posted by: mike | August 27, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

so funny that so many people complain about Krauthammer ... but also read his articles ... let's face it, he can make our blood boil ... why? ... because some of what he writes is too close to the truth!

Posted by: Francisco | August 27, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer's post is a little too mean-spirited by the point is valid. Obama is playing into the "celebrity" image by appearing in front of 80,000 screaming fans in a sports / concert stadium, standing in--of all things--the center of his own temple. I wonder if he will be lifted on stage, a la deus ex (political) machina?

Posted by: Rightie | August 27, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Friends, have compassion. Charles Krauthammer is suffering from a new neo-con disease of the psyche that I have just discovered. I call it Obama-envy. I have written an article about this disease which will appear in the upcoming issue of "Bipolar Disorder and Sexual Malfunction". My article will feature an analysis of the disease and will feature naked pictures of Krauthammer (with a black bar across his eyes).

The victim of Obama-envy suffers an absolutely corrupting and almost completely debilitating (but not quite debilitating enough) fear of letting go of power and influence. He also hallucinates the object of his fear, Barack Obama, in many different guises: Christ, Napoleon, King Canute and others (this is all drawn from Krauthammer's op-ed pieces). Most irritating to those attempting to live with the victim is his need to write Op-Ed pieces that have the character of Tourette's syndrome.

I hope you will enjoy my article. Look for it at your local newsstands soon.

Posted by: GaryL1 | August 27, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

SO, OBAMABOTS-YOUR MESSIAH IS GOING TO DESCEND TO EARTH ON THURSDAY, SO HIS DISCIPLES CAN RAISE THEIR FACES TO HIM IN JOY AND WONDER, WITH OUTSTRETCHED ARMS, TO SEE IF THEY CAN TOUCH THE LOWER HEM OF HIS TROUSERS? WILL YOU BRING THE SICK TO HIM? WILL HE HEAL THEM, MAKE THEM GET UP AND WALK?

OR IS HE SOMETHING LIKE A ROMAN EMPEROR? APPEARING BETWEEN THE COLUMNS ON A CHARIOT?-OR, LIKE, BOTH MESSIAH AND EMPEROR?

JUST MAKE SURE THAT TELEPROMPTER IS WORKING!-OH, THAT'S RIGHT, WHEN HE WAS IN KANSAS CITY THE OTHER NIGHT, EVEN WITH THE TELEPROMPTER IN FRONT OF HIM TELLING HIM THAT HE WAS IN KANSAS CITY, THE DOPE SAID HE WAS IN ST. LOUIS! OOPS!

WOULDN'T IT BE INTERESTING IF HE DECIDED TO THROW IN THE TOWEL EARLY, TO SAVE THE DEM. PARTY FROM ANOTHER HUGE LOSS, AND TELL THE AMERICAN PUBLIC THAT HE JUST REALIZED THAT HE DIDN'T HAVE THE EXPERIENCE TO BE PRESIDENT, AND HE WAS GIVING THE NOMINATION TO HILLARY?

Posted by: SPRING RAIN | August 27, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that Chuck has never once complained about Emperor George W. Bush!

Posted by: gipper1 | August 27, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Dr Krauthammer,
You are quite a brilliant man, but you are consumed with jealousy because another man, biracial at that, is adored by millions because he caused them to hope in the future, even after it was wrecked by Bush. Face your jealousy and realize that each has his own place. Learn to be constructive and not destructive.

Posted by: lamwanfong@yahoo.com | August 27, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

The GOP used a mock Greek temple on the stage for the 2008 Virginia Republican Convention, but that's okay, right? Who can forget Former Sen. George Allen delivering the keynote address in front of the Greek columns...

Ah, the irony.


Posted by: Georgetowner2 | August 27, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

He scares you, doesn't he, Charles. Makes a liar out of you every time he speaks. What are you and your crony capitalist friends going to do?

Posted by: Slideguy | August 27, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

No President of this Republic has been as Imperial as George W. Bush. No evidence against a suspected terrorist? No problem, I'll just declare him an "Enemy Combatant," ignore Habeus and let him rot. Pass a law? I'll just add a "signing statement" saying I will ignore it. I hope Mr. Obama will restore the Republic. I'm sick of Bush's Empire.

Posted by: k3nnyb0y | August 27, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

tniel and wardropper, I hate to inform you of this, but "coronate" is indeed a verb in the merriam-webster dictionary, and it has been used properly in this context. Once King Obama pays for a federally-run school system, his supporters will attain the education they need to communicate with the rest of society.

Posted by: dcp | August 27, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Since you think Obama is the Messiah, will you admit that Bush is Satan?

Posted by: Krautslammer | August 27, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure John McCain will make up for it by accepting the nomination alone, in the desert, in sackcloth and ashes.

Posted by: DrBear | August 27, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I think everyone should lay off of Obama's displays of grandiosity. He's having the time of his life with this campaign season. Let him enjoy it before it comes to an abrupt end. I don't want him to look him back and regret not having more fun. He may not have the chance to do it again.

Posted by: dcp | August 27, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

hey SPRING RAIN, Change is soo Foreign to GOP and Mccain that anybody comming up with small change is compared to prophet(moses , MESSIAH, or Jesus) common you gues lost it big time, you guys destroyed America big time,

Posted by: Tony, Ashburn VA | August 27, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

GO MCCAIN/ROMNEY! YOU'LL CRUSH, POSITIVELY CRUSH THOSE TWO NO-EXPERIENCE PLAGIARIST KNUCKLEHEADS OBAMA BIN BIDEN-MARK MY WORDS-IT WILL BE A LANDSLIDE FOR MCCAIN/ROMNEY-THEY HAVE THE NECESSARY LEADERSHIP, LEGISLATIVE, FOREIGN POLICY, POLITICAL AND MOST IMPORTANTLY IN THIS DIRE LOOKIING ECONOMY-A BRILLIANT MAN-MITT ROMNEY WITH VAST EXPERIENCE IN FINANCIAL INVESTMENTS AND CAPITAL MARKETS-MITT ROMNEY MAY WELL BE THE MOST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT SINCE BILL CLINTON-DEMS FOR MCAIN/ROMNEY!

Posted by: SPRING RAIN | August 27, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Memo to Spring Rain:

You have clearly overdosed on the Rush messiah-aid today. Must be spiked with an extra large dose of hatred this afternoon.

Take a break and listen to some classic rock!

Sincerely,

Summer Breeze

Posted by: Summer Breeze | August 27, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

How can the republicans accuse Obama of being the "Messiah" -- John McCain was around at the time of Jesus and would know what he looked like, right?

Posted by: Truthfully Speaking | August 27, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Just for the record, I must take credit
for the Obama-Envy phrase, having
submitted it at the beginning of the primary season.
Although I'm sure other observers have come
to invent it on their own as well since then since it is a syndrome that has become quite rampant amonth the Conservative 'Thinkers' in this country.
ronmbo

Posted by: ronmbo | August 27, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame to see someone with Krauthammer's obvious intelligence and wit being so p*ssywhipped by the Republican party. Usually a mind this fierce has some real cojones behind it and is not just the pliant lap dog of larger (and dumber) interests. Would be nice to see Kraut show some independence once in a while (besides his gas tax plug) and dedicate his brilliance to something worthwhile.
There's a kind of ugly cowardice in his writings (which I often enjoy, by the way- who else would have the appropriate cynicism to call the Georgian thing what it was?) which is more disappointing than anything. Someone like him could really make a difference and be a power player, but he is squandering his gufts in deference to a bullying, low brow party line.
Buck up, Chuck. You've got more in you than this.
D

Posted by: Dave | August 27, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

This entire column is offensive. Does the WP
pay this guy or does he pay them to print this
garbage?

It would be a lot better up against the metal barn in Crawford.

Posted by: AV | August 27, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

When is this man ever going to write a really critical column of Bush, of Cheney, of Reagan even? He criticizes virtually everything that Hillary or Obama does while completely ignoring the fact that his candidate and president - McCain and Bush - may not dress imperially but act imperially. Does this guy really think that There was not a thing to criticize in the current administration even though almost one hundred per cent of all historians view this as a failed presidency? That most view the Iraq war as the worst foreign policy debacle in US history? That Bush is the torture president? And, most importantly, McCain has every intention of carrying that failed tradition on.

Charles should retire.

Posted by: MarkinNY | August 27, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse


Memo to Summer Breeze:

You have clearly overdosed on, and have fainted dead away, due to the aftereffects of the drug known as Obama Messiah Syndrome. Must be spiked with an extra large dose of hatred for anything and anybody who doesn't fall down immediately and genuflect at the feet of Messiah Obama!

Take a break and listen to the experts-McCain and Mitt Romney, who will lead this country out of the wilderness and darkness that the Obama Messiah is surely leading you towards!

Sincerely,

Spring Rain

Posted by: spring rain | August 27, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

..."this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal"...

The Obamamessiah said this in his acceptance speech for the nomination.

Would anything surprise you after that?

Actually, the set at the stadium looks to me like it was modeled after the white house, similar to when he had his own presidential seal.

Posted by: Dalibama | August 27, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I wonder who has actually looked at either canidate's voting record. ...
The last vote that Obama voted in was on earlier in July:


That one is all good - extend the Social Security benefits and services and enhance them fore the low-income populace. (taxes go up though...)

You have to read a little bit further into this one but from what I glanced it looks like it makes consessions for the DAI and AG to: "jointly authorize the targeting (electronic surveillance) of persons located outside the United States in order to acquire foreign intelligence information"

These are just two recent examples of Obama's voting record. Apparently taxes will increase and the DAI & AG will be able to target individuals who are suspect....seems rather....hmmm, socialist to me?
Ya'll ready for Socialism??

Posted by: anonymous | August 27, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

emperor obama, huh?
How about Reich Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda Krauthammer? Has a good ring to it. Be advised I will NEVER buy this paper or patronize its sponsors until Herr Kraut is shown the door.

Posted by: Fire Krauthammer | August 27, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully these will post-

Obama Vote example #1:
On the Cloture Motion H.R. 6331 - Yea
A bill to amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to extend expiring provisions under the Medicare Program, to improve beneficiary access to preventive and mental health services, to enhance low-income benefit programs, and to maintain access to care in rural areas, including pharmacy access, and for other purposes.

Obama Vote example #2 - Yea
On Passage of the Bill H.R. 6304
A bill to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to establish a procedure for authorizing certain acquisitions of foreign intelligence, and for other purposes.

Posted by: anonymous | August 27, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

hey Francisco, poeple like Krauthammer, Gerson,Tony Snow,Hanity, Limbaugh, and Oreily decalred War on the truth a long time ago, did any of them questioned Bush when he was forging evidence to go to war against Iraq ? no all of them rolled over and repeated the official line from Bush and Cheney, you'll think they are employed by state run media.

Posted by: Tony, Ashburn VA | August 27, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I miss Robert Novak. I never liked his political point of view, but at least he wrote things of substance. Ugghh, if Krauthammer is so partisan, why doesn't he actually help John McCain and write something that actually explains why someone should vote for McCain. All of Krauthammer's articles just pick-on Obama. Then again, I guess this is the McCain election strategy, the Republicans (including Krauthammer) know that Republican doctrine is a failure and that John McCain really doesn't have any interesting ideas, just the same old failed policies on the US' foreign policy, economic growth for no one (unless you make over $5 million a year), and increasing energy dependence abroad. Since McCain can't win on his own, he and Krauthammer can only hope to win by trying to fool Americans that Obama lacks substance, when in reality, McCain offers nothing but failure.

Posted by: JRoss | August 27, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I love Charles Krauthammer - he has a great sense of the truth.

Obama would be wise to listen. The Republicans are going to have a good time with this one.

What is up with Obama having to have props to prove he is worthy? Need a little therapy do we????????????

Posted by: jlpillinois | August 27, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Once again, selective investigations
by the right wing,
Have you inspected McCains record during the campaign, His presence and choices
leave much more to be desired,
But oh yes, we must tread lightly because
he was a POW before he left the 1st faithful wife.
You can dance around it, but the racism in this country is becoming less subtle.
Double standard once again,

Posted by: No , I am not a minority | August 27, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

OBAMABOTS ARE READY FOR MORE WAR-BECAUSE THE MESSIAH HAS PROMISED MORE WAR-REMEMBER THIS REMARK: "SURE I'D GO INTO PAKISTAN WITH US TROOPS AND GET BIN LADEN" PROMPTING THE PRESIDENT OF PAKISTAN TO SAY THAT NO US TROOPS WOULD EVER BE ALLOWED ON PAKISTANI SOIL, AND GETTING THE PAKISTANIS EVEN MORE RILED AGAINST THE US THAN THEY ALREADY ARE!

OR, ER. HE SAID THAT ONE DAY, AND THEN HE GENUFLECTED OVERNIGHT AND TOOK IT BACK, JUST LIKE HE'S FLIP-FLOPPED LIKE FLIPPER DOING SOMERSAULTS IN THE POOL ON TROOP WITHDRAWALS IN IRAQ. GOD, WHAT A GOOFBALL, WHAT A CRAZY JOKESTER THE MESSIAH IS!

Posted by: SPRING RAIN | August 27, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

GREEK ARCHITECTURE,ROMAN ARCHITECTURE and OBAMA

For centuries the architecture of Greece and the Roman Republic has represented the highest ideals of civilization -- i.e. democracy. In fact the early Americans chose it for their Capital and the White House, nee the Executive Mansion.

After abandoning ancient architecture for decades, it's nice to see someone besides Andre Rieu using it for it's intended purpose -- to inspire and delight.
Charles Krauthammer, you are a boor and unimaginative when it comes to architectural symbolism.

Posted by: Kurt | August 27, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

“Or maybe he'll just do a Napoleon and coronate himself.”

Krauthammer has always seemed to me like some kind of posturing puppet pulling his own strings.

I'm still not convinced that the Cheney-Rove administration is sufficiently in touch with reality if not Realpolitik not to try something goofy like suspending the Constitution to defer an Obama-Biden inauguration indefinitely, like Laura Bush's poetry symposium on Whitman-Dickinson-Hughes in 2003, all in the national interest as an emergency measure for the country's safety, of course.

Posted by: Hneftafl | August 27, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

You can always tell Obama supporters on a blog - they are vile and satanic with their comments.

I especially like the reference to making fun of someone in a wheelchair.
I hope, whoever, you are that you don't someday know how it feels.

Posted by: jlpillinois | August 27, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the substance filled article, Krauthammer. All along, I've been telling folks that they should vote for the candidate who chooses the nicest settings in which to speak.

What are you, an interior decorator on the side or something?

Posted by: chop1 | August 27, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer had no problems with the imperial stylings of the Reagan administration, not to mention the current Bush-Cheney imperium. He's just bitter because he knows that neoconservative "achievements" will be swept away this fall with widespread Democratic victories.

Posted by: Robinson Peeters | August 27, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

The folly we should be discussing is McCain sending his wife to Georgia.

Posted by: Charles Percier | August 27, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

But Obama does want a coronation. Ego is boundless. Major Accomplishments (except making speeches) = none. Hillary was right.

Krauthammer is on the mark again. Notice how many liberals are so angry at the assessment.

Posted by: AWM | August 27, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

This election season has shown many of us how complacent we have been about the media reports we received, and how apathetic we have been with our government leaders. Now that we can see the partisan propaganda we are fed under the guise of reporting, we know that we have to check facts for the rest of the story, or the real story, or even the other side of the story. I miss Paul Harvey...who used to say, and now for the rest of the story! It's unfortunate that we have to do that with what we read, or hear from the mass media. But, it's good that this dynamic election have awaken some of us from our slumber. However, the election turns out....people will be watching for future results, and I hope holding candidates accountable.

Posted by: MyAudacity | August 27, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

anonymous , how did like the Bush's socialism toward the Corporation how did you like bailling Bear stern, how do you like now that 177 banks in the brink of collapsing, did you take your money out od those banks or you are going to wait unit they close they doo like andymak

Posted by: Tony | August 27, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

THE ONLY WAY I CAN GET ATTENTION IS TO YELL

Posted by: I AM A LOSER | August 27, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I love how jlpillinois thinks he's taking the high ground while characterizing 50% of the US populace as "vile and satanic" Obama supporters.

I'd point out the irony, if he / she knew what that meant, but sadly...

Posted by: chop1 | August 27, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

"Why is Krauthammer even published in this paper at all? He is blindly partisan and not interested in facts or analysis. He just throws rocks and makes stuff up. Seriously, the guy is a waste of space."

As opposed to that worthless shill, Eugene Robinson?. The WAPO is blindly partisan, when Mccain ties Obama in every poll, nary a word. Get a grip.

Posted by: Down with liberal shills | August 27, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer like so many pundits, but especially conservative ones, are increasingly useless for analysis. All they talk about is essentially how candidates are covered in the media--a vicious cycle. I would love to see Krauthammer REALLY tackle objective economic, foreign, and environmental policy analysis. I don't think it would be possible.

Posted by: Dr. E | August 27, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Why are we told, "User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site" when this DOES NOT happen?

Why are we told, "Additionally, entries that are unsigned ...will be removed" when this DOES NOT happen?

To whoever vets these posts, PLEASE DO YOUR JOB!!!

No matter what you think of Mr. Krauthammer or his opinions, personal attacks on him and his paralysis are uncalled for. There are some pretty sick people posting comments here.

Posted by: O.W.Hall | August 27, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

SPRING RAIN...chill-out, its just a comment section on a website...take a deep breath go do something else for awhile, at this rate you are going to have a heart attack before seeing Obama win the election in November.

Posted by: JRoss | August 27, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

What a shame? Who is greater emperor that King George? He is worse that Red China.

Posted by: AP | August 27, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the Post should change the name of this article to "Most Partisan," then it would begin to be more on target.

Mr. Krauthammer, Fox News is calling. They want their excessive political bias back. Maybe McCain can have you airlifted back to the station amid trumpets and fanfare? Oh wait, no one would be interested.

At the very least an intelligent and factual counterpoint always makes for a worthwhile read and discussion, sadly even that seems beyond you. Why do some many media talking points hinder on nuanced excerpts of whole statements? Talk about editorializing and distortion. Speech may be free - but I guess that means it doesn't have to be worthwhile?

Does hate and fear of progress in the right wing really run so deep?

It will be interesting to see what you have to say about McCain's indoctrination. My friends, did you know he's a Vietnam P.O.W.?

Posted by: Don Julio | August 27, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Alright, I'll try defining "irony" after all:

Irony: A guy calling himself "Down with liberal shills" decrying the Washington Post as being overly partisan - in a Krauthammer neocon column, no less.

I give you: Irony!

Posted by: chop1 | August 27, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

It is too too rich for Mr Krauthammer to opine what Mr. Obama might do and yet have not even be aware that he has blindly supported a president that has pursued his role as chief executive as an actual emperor.

Are the opinion writers at the Post devoid of any sort of self awareness?

Posted by: eddiehaskel | August 27, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse


THANK YOU, Democrats, for nominating the ONLY candidate who could (and will) lose in November.

Great job.

Posted by: Amused Observer | August 27, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

This will may Obama's Dukakis "tank" moment.

Posted by: Tom | August 27, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

For a politician who is trying to brush off the title of "celebrity", Obama sure seems to be doing a great job of embracing "Celebrity". Maybe his plan is to have all the states change their voting laws to allow text messaging. Text 1 to vote for Obama and 2 for the loser dude.

Posted by: A Stoner | August 27, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

ah symbolism......like staring into the clouds one can make anything represent their greatest fears, their best intentions or realize that they are a mass of gasses floating above our heads....

Your looking for things you want to look for and i appologize for anyone who has to read what you call news

Posted by: Oregon4Obama | August 27, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

The Obama supporters should think this through more; when it comes to chosing Presidents, the country is normally pretty turned off by idol worship. Look what happened after Berlin - that's when Obama started to slip. Obama and his supporters should actually be thanking Charles Krauthammer; forewarned is forearmed.

Posted by: robmac | August 27, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the kraphammer speaks words of advice to Obama - because he really CARES and wants the guy to do WELL...Nice to know...

Posted by: Fred | August 27, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a joke and everyone knows it, except the far-left. I still can't believe the far-left picked Obama over Hillary. That proves how stupid the far-left really is. Hillary would of easily beat McCain, Obama has no chance.

Posted by: G-Dawg | August 27, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans can make anything an "issue". It is amazing.

Posted by: Kent | August 27, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

The newly redesigned multimillion dollar Bush White House press briefing room features Greek columns as well.

The Clinton-era briefing room had no such columns.

Also, I agree that we should be discussing Cindy McCain's trip to Georgia. Talk about presumptuous!

Posted by: Pierre François Léonard Fontaine | August 27, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Charles Krauthammer is the vilest columnist writing for any major newspaper in the country right now. He is hateful to the point of being ridiculous. I am yet to read 20 continuous bytes of commonsense from this individual. Do you know the only time he went against conservatives? When Mel Gibson’s stupid, Jesus movie came out. I wonder why.

What is so funny about this? I can’t stand Obama. But this lunatic columnist makes me wanna vote for him.

Posted by: PD | August 27, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Lame.

Posted by: stephen8 | August 27, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

yuppers. I am stunned that a major party presidential candidate is going to appear at a convention on a big stage with big props. this is surely the first time this has ever happened. obama clearly has imperialist/terrorist ambitions

Posted by: johnny ray | August 27, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer asks is Obama crazy for speaking at a large stadium with a stage. My question would be is Krauthammer crazy? Why does he spill ink on this meaningless detail. The reason he chose the stadium is because a lot of people want to see him speak. This is in direct contrast to Mccain, who would find it hard to fill a rowboat.

Posted by: David S | August 27, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

It's so funny that day after day Obama is paraded in this paper as a golden boy. Nothing he ever does is wrong. All he does is get picked on by the mean old man McCain and others. Oh boo hoo. One out of a thousand articles for him, somebody actually tells the truth and you are calling this paper neocon. It is laughable......

Posted by: Angie | August 27, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Hey, does anybody remember Herbert Marcuse's concept of "repressive desublimation"? That's where you get to act out a piece of your desires without having them actually become consequential while nevertheless thinking you are truly free. Do you think that maybe this kind of comments page serves that purpose for Post readers?

Posted by: the Philosopher | August 27, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

"especially the image of Obama standing above thousands of cheering Germans in Berlin as they hail him"

Consider that if Obama's party had held power then Germany would still be divided...........

The left is ever foolish.

Posted by: George Dixon | August 27, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Obama's cult followers can march in circles like little automatons carrying torches.

Posted by: John | August 27, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Krauthammer,

You are so absolutely partisan that you are utterly predictable . . . and therefore a bore.

And the only sin for a writer is to be a bore.

Barry

Posted by: Barry | August 27, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Um, Angie - you are aware that Krauthammer is one of the leaders of the neocon movement, right? You do understand that you are reading a newspaper - and this is a Krauthammer column, right?

Guess not...

Posted by: chop1 | August 27, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

All you lefties say you hate Krauthammer, but you all read him.
Charles Krauthammer is smarter than you.

http://warskill.blogspot.com/
--Nietzsche is Dead

Posted by: foutsc | August 27, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Why is everyone referring to the columns as greek - the columns are replicas of the columns in our national capital WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Lincoln Memorial

Posted by: Leah | August 27, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Obama: A noun, an uh, a verb, another uh.

Posted by: John | August 27, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Americans will come to their senses and NOT elect this pampered argula chomping prima donna.

Posted by: John | August 27, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Go Dr. K!

I laughed out loud at the Napoleon conquered the world but didn't feel the need to write an autobiography reference.

Tomorrow night Obama will cement his reputation as a gradiose, empty celebrity whose 15 minutes are rapidly waning.

The big stories of the week are not his charming wife who suddenly loves the country or his inspiring speech. It will be his attempt to suppress the free speech of those who disagree with him politically and his inexplicable relationship with an unrepentant domestic terrorist.

Posted by: CFB | August 27, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

The comments posted by the right-wing loons are FUNNY. You know that Obama is going to win, you feel it in your gut, and it drives you crazy.

The poker term for this is a show. God Bless America :-)

Posted by: Gipper1 | August 27, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Leah is right. Washington architecture, like that of Paris, is neoclassical, which is really more Roman.

http://warskill.blogspot.com/
--Nietzsche is Dead

Posted by: foutsc | August 27, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

This is too funny! I'm sure this will go over well in Ohio and PA. Who planned this debacle of a convention?

Posted by: daman1 | August 27, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Well said, Mr. Krauthammer. Perhaps when Obama rises himself up to the podium, America will finally realize that the emperor has no clothes.

Posted by: virtue001 | August 27, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

People, give me a break and give yourself one while you're at it. Mr Krauthammer has the right to his opinion and I, for one, fully agree with the point he makes in this piece. Why are most of you so rabid? If this article can elicit such fanatical behavior,how will you deal with the facts when the BIG LIE: Mr Obama's "misrepresentations" are exposed in a few weeks? Will there be riots?

Posted by: Gérard | August 27, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

With 80,000 far left kool-aid drinkers screaming, he might as well ride out through the columns in a white toga on a white uni-corn. Krauthammer nails it again

Posted by: hillary2012 | August 27, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand the confusion and fuss over why Obama continues to be Obama?

This is his mantra. He needs this self-sense of importance to function correctly.

Large crowds, screaming adoring fans parroting his every word.

At this point he needs all the help he can get. Let him think that this is the ticket to get votes.

The rest of us non-believers will go in droves to vote the "other" ticket.

Posted by: Sue | August 27, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I wanted to see Hillary nominated so maybe I'm a little biased against obamma, but the more I hear about him, the more it scares me.

This may be the first time in 28 years that I vote for a republican--this may be an historic election.

Posted by: Bill | August 27, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer is even better at being Novak than Novak ever was. Ready to release some top-secret intel next, Charlie? Or are your connections not as good as Novak's yet?

You're a partisan hack.

Posted by: Jayne | August 27, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I hope he wears a laurel wreath, like Caesar. That would make for GREAT visuals!! He is, after all, the One.

Posted by: Peter Parrott | August 27, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Maybe there is still time to have Bill Ayers blow it up!? HAHAHAHAHA!

Posted by: daman1 | August 27, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I love it that the liberals are in such DENIAL. Keep it up! Charles' point is completely legitimate. If you, the reader, were Obama's strategist, would you have him give his speech on this stage? And why? Obama has no resume. He thinks he can go from high school football straight to the NFL just by putting on a jersey. He is using a door to door salesmans approach to campaigning. I'm sure he is a smart guy, has a wife and cute kids. But that isn't going to get you in the White House. It was a huge mistake of his to run for President without paying his dues. Sure, he will get the Code Pink vote. But Middle America sees right through him.

Posted by: Jay | August 27, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Krauthammer that this temple to Obama is as absurd as that pathetic Obama presidential seal.

Sure to play really well in WV.

Posted by: hj | August 27, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

You know the libs are having a meltodown when they use the same vocab over and over

"Nazi,idiots,McSame"etc. etc.

The liberal meltdown continues, as Obama goes down in flames.

Posted by: The Truth | August 27, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Ich Bin Ein Beginer!

Posted by: jan glaser | August 27, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like "Triumph of the Will". I hope there are those here old enough to remember the film and the significance of it.

Posted by: Irv | August 27, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

After reading Dr. Krauthammer's manifestly accurate observations and then many of the screeds that follow, I am left to wonder: Is there any Kool-Aid left on America's supermarket shelves?

Posted by: sean | August 27, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

According to Col. Karen Kwiatkowski, USAF, Mr. Krauthammer was the journalist of choice when Douggie Feith and the neocons planted in the Pentagon wanted to spread false intelligence without going through the military. Instead of reporting to the military intelligence people they'd just leak bogus info to Charles and he'd "Get it out there" in Rovian terms. In other words Charles would print the B.S. before the military authorities, including Gen. Anthony Zinni head of CentCom. had a chance to tell Douggie where to stuff it. Seriously, this guy is a player not an unbiased observer. Discontinue.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Those aren't columns. Those are Fascii. Perfect for the Holy Roamin' Emperor.

Posted by: Morgo | August 27, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Krauthammer is doing Obama a favor by saying this before his speech. There is still time to take it down.

Why do you think McCain's "Paris Hilton" ad was so successful? Because it portrayed Obama as a larger-than-life celebrity without the substance to back his celebrity up. The idea of that ad was to conjure up this image every time Obama was in front of a large, adoring crowd -- i.e. effectively turning a positive into a negative. And it clearly worked.

But, knowing this, what are Obama's people doing? They are putting him in front of something like 75,000 people with a grandiose temple backdrop.

If I were John McCain I would be salivating at the thought of such an unbelievably pompous setting. I'd be revving up that "Paris Hilton" ad to be shown just before and right after he was finished speaking.

Remember, this is the same Barack Obama who, until he was ridiculed into removing it, had been standing in front of podiums with a version of the presidential seal and his name on it, as if he'd already been elected. It is also the same Obama who had the American flag removed from the tail of his campaign plane and substituted with an Obama logo. And now this.

Do these people ever learn?

Posted by: Ken Berwitz | August 27, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Attracting large groups of people is a bad thing?

I dont quite understand the constant hissy fits that the right-wing throws whenever people get together to see Obama give a speech.

Giving a speech in front of 20,000 at one sports arena (and many, many more on TV) is completely different than doing it in front of 80,000 in a different sports arena?

Seriously? You people sound stupid.

Come up with better complaints.

Posted by: Jason | August 27, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

obamma is going to float down from the temple with the ten commandments, then lead us all to the promised land!

Posted by: BREAKING NEWS! | August 27, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

remember what happened to Icarus...funny, that was a meltdown too.

Posted by: daman1 | August 27, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey Charles,

Awesome

Posted by: eugene1 | August 27, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Reality is whatever Obama tells the bots it is. No use arguing.

Posted by: Morgo | August 27, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

It's not so much neo-classical as "Triumph of the Will." Add some torchlight parades and strains of Wagner.

Posted by: film buff | August 27, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

The the set up will make Obama look like some latter day Roman emperor, not a solid, efficient and display-averse consul under the republic. Its a good point, not an anti-Obama point. US Presidents and condidates aren't supposed to look like Nero.

Posted by: W | August 27, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer is right on target.... Obama the messiah is going to get trounced in the electoral college.

Posted by: Big mac fan | August 27, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Fascii. He will emerge from fascii. That makes him...

Posted by: Nero | August 27, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I really didn't think that Krauthammer's "column" could get lamer. I hereby stand corrected.

Posted by: Deaniac | August 27, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I used to at least credit Charles with above-average linguistic and analytic talents, but his rage and spitting anger with the Democratic party has eaten away at his wits like a disease. It’s sad.
As for mere-mortal worship, lest we forget the GOP’s cult of Reagan is a given. One point of consistency for the GOP and its minions is that everything they accuse others of is exactly what the GOP is doing. So if they accuse the Democratic party of being unpatriotic then they are really just saying “ok, we admit it, we really don’t care about injured vets. We would rather not pay taxes.” Everything they say they believe in, strong defense, small government, family values, is all so obviously what they know the Democratic party to support. The GOP’s other consistency is greed.
Imagine if our brave soldiers cried and moaned on the battle field about paying the ultimate price the way GOP rich fat cats cry about paying taxes.

I will repeat what others are asking, why is Charles still being published? I mean really, why?

Posted by: Charlie is a sad lonely little man | August 27, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Its too bad Leni Reifenstahl passed on a few years ago and isn't available to record Obama's self-love extravaganza.she was so good at that kind of thing

Posted by: Elizabeth | August 27, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Was there a point to this article?

Posted by: Michael Moriconi | August 27, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

For those who think the Wash Post is a right wing paper, you are also going to blame racism when O loses. But it will be his socialism that takes him down.

Posted by: The Shark | August 27, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Obama...another goofball decision on a relatively meaningless issue. Scares the hell out of me as to what his judgement would be when faced with a real life/death decision as president.

Posted by: Undecided | August 27, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer must have really hit a nerve with all these knee jerk liberals wanting to censor him from WaPo. His commentary is as sagacious and articulate as it was 20 years ago when he won the Pulitzer. He is not a bonafide conservative as supports abortion, opposes the death penalty, and has ridiculed intelligent design.
Obama's campaign is right now heading for a train wreck. His choice of VP and his latest messianic behavior are handing McCain the White House...

Posted by: JRL | August 27, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama, come to earth to make Bill Clinton look modest.

Posted by: Ban | August 27, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

What a silly piece. Shame on junk journalism! Washington post is now a piece of junk because of Krauthammer and his likes.

Posted by: Pinto | August 27, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I dont care to read all of the comments here, but can anyone verify that the setup stated by Krauthammer is true? If it is even half true the man is more arrogant than I thought possible. It will be hilarious, who has charge of the fog machine. Can I have the job? This reminds me of Rocky IV with Ivan Drago coming in under the Soviet flag. I am not voting for Barack, so someone please please tell me its true. Greek columns? For real?

Posted by: JohnSnay | August 27, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

you are pathetic. talk to me about vomit-green background and let's spin something out of that first.

your analytical credibility is so far in the gutter, the chinese have not yet made the contraption to excavate it.

Posted by: major tom | August 27, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Full of Krapthammer is obviously jealous of Obama's success and popularity.

Obama can do no right, according to these ugly neocons and many right-wing gnombes in the media.
Soon, they'll find a way to criticize Obama for the way he breathes.

Posted by: roy12560 | August 27, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Kraut has more talent and wisdom on his pinky finger than all of the hate filled Bush hating libs on this website combined.

Posted by: Big mac fan | August 27, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Who cares if the liberals are coming, they won't do anything when they get there. The Dem's liberal motto, Talk Big, Think small, Then do absolutley nothing at all!!
Except take 5 weeks vacation during an nationwide gasoline mess!! Reminds me of the joke about watching the two shadowy figures going at each other? The one guy said they had to be Democrats, The other said how can you tell? Democrats are always taking advantage of some one and it's usually another Democrat!! It doesn't matter what label you put on an empty bottle, it's still empty just like a liberal's head!!!

Posted by: b.r. watkins | August 27, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

If a Democrat cured cancer, Krauthammer would find call him or her names and make fun of their lab wear.

Posted by: JG | August 27, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Michael: The point was Obama will continue to feed his bloated ego with grandiose displays of bizarre imperial ritual, even if it will damage his campaign. Or that Krauthammer is a neo-con, if you are a functional illiterate. I'm guessing you will choose door number two.

Posted by: Morgo | August 27, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Nice try, Krauty. You folks really are desperate this week.

Michelle Obama shows she's a great, mainstream American Monday night. Hillary delivers a forceful speech last night. You guys only focus on this kind of BS when you're worried. And you should be worried about this fall, you're gonna get routed.

People of sick of what you and your Bush-Cheney-McCain cronies have done to the country, and they're not gonna get suckered again by your silly taunts. But nice try, nonetheless. When President Obama is sworn in in January, maybe you should try your hand at psychiatry again. Better suited to your temperament and talents.

Posted by: mark | August 27, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Ah, now that the 3rd Temple has been constructed all Disciples of The One (aka homeless of Denver with their spiffy new haircuts) can gather in adoration, waving palm fronds as He enters his Temple astride a donkey.

Yeah, I get it. All the Liberals were griping about The One entering Saddleback, because it's a church; but it's perfectly acceptable for him to build his own temple to speak at.

Posted by: Damiano | August 27, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Obama's setting typifies the Liberal adoration of politicians- the Left is always seeking a Leader, someone to take them to the Promised Land and supply them with milk and honey!

It is always interesting to me that when Liberals find someone they believe is a potential Messiah, that person becomes worthy of One Name (Hillary, Bill, Barack, Teddy, etc.) Conservatives never seem to be afflicted by this need for expressing affinity and at the same time worship for their politicians.

So of course Obama will be annointed in a Temple. He is the newest Liberal god. We conservatives on the other hand are just looking for an experienced President with integrity and character, and both a first and a last name.

Posted by: Joe D | August 27, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Barry Hussein's act is wearing thin fast. He's becoming the Pet Rock and New Coke of politics. BHO has dropped in the Rasmussen and Gallup tracking polls since he picked Biden and the convention began. This loser will be the first candidate in history to have a negative convention bounce. Heck, even Fritz and Titz got a convention bounce. Barry Hussein will be down double digits by the end of next week.

Posted by: Clemenza | August 27, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I think given Obama's use of pillars as a backdrop for a speech, I am definitely going to vote for McCain. Color me convinced!

Posted by: Bryce | August 27, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

JG: Laura Ingraham praised Ted Kennedy for being a brave cancer fighter. Being a paraplegic, I doubt Krauthammer would be different. You may be projecting your own guilt as to how you would react if a Republican were to cure cancer. Try a mirror.

Posted by: Brio | August 27, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

K,
Good point. I don't think Obama gets it yet.
Mike

Posted by: mike | August 27, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Wow
If WaPo is going neocon they sure have a lot of lib readers!
Personally I think Krauthammer is more thoughtful and intelligent than all the above commentators put together. His CV shows that.
But my main point would be this...is all this screeching vituperation a sign of fear, loathing, and desperation in the lib camp?
This convention looks like it was staged by a high school play director. Chaotic, no discipline, and no one in charge. I would think the stadium coronation is the least of BO's worries. He should be looking between his shoulder blades for a knife with the Clinton family crest on it.
JLK

Posted by: JLK | August 27, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

It seems as if Charles has struck a nerve with the Obama supports. Instead of addressing the issue his supports would rather trash the WAPO and Krauthammer.

Posted by: yagaway | August 27, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Notice that all the best VEEP candidates ran FROM Obama instead of WITH him? Strickland, Webb, Warner all said Nooooooooooo!

Posted by: Donald | August 27, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer is right - Obama needs to downplay his nomination, not be even more grandiose than he has been. There are questions concerning his ego and judgment already, this will only heighten those fears. First the Obama Seal, then Berlin, and now this? Way over the top.

You get a sense of this from his background - his absent, alcoholic father had multiple wives/families, and died young; a stepfather that thwarted is education by enrolling him in a Muslim school; a mother who eventually surrendered his development to her parents; missed racial heritage - Barack is trying to overcome perceived deficiencies and abandonment by the one's from whom he sought approval - his mother and fathers. His biographical data is revealing. I found www.honestjohnwade.com an invaluable resource for insights into the candidates, their backgrounds, and short reviews on the major bios and books about Obama and McCain. Gave me a new, deeper perspective on this election. Excellent insight, Charles.

Posted by: Linkster | August 27, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

The comments are more over the top than Obama. We would all be better off if we came down to a level where we can talk to each other face to face as human beings.

Posted by: Lauri Garber | August 27, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Bryce, they aren't columns.

They are FASCII!

Posted by: Barry Obama | August 27, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

You have to love this. I knew he was The One, but I was under the impression that everyone thought he was the Messiah, not Zues! The Messaih is The God, but Zues is the God of Gods.

So, If Obama is Zues, then all the other dems can be Gods too! What a "Wonderful World This Would Be" if we can only accept the change that Zues has to offer:)

This, my friends is why I love politics. It is a true example of narcissism run wild.

Posted by: Chasmo | August 27, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

For all the money blown for this big show of I am the "one" where is the charity he wants from taxpayers. His wife in Denver pushing the charity of those who attend and not B.H.O. himself???? little late to make them selves look good with the care packages to the service persons in Iraq. The vote should have been give the persons better equipment in the first place over in Iraq. This is only for votes to: Obama's...

Posted by: Eddie | August 27, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

obamma is going to sue Krauthammer and any newspaper, magazine, television station, radio station, or web site that mentions this article.

You fellas better stop bad mouthing obamma or you will be sued also!

Posted by: Sue, sue, sue! | August 27, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Right on, Mr.K!

Everything about THE ONE is fantasy &
surreal!

And scary and dangerous!

Posted by: concerned14 | August 27, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I am so greatful that Barack has deigned to accept the Democrat nomination. We are all so lucky to have him walking among us!! He is the One we have been waiting for. Somewhere Leni Reifenstahl is smiling

Posted by: Peter Parrott | August 27, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I hate to brake it to you brainiacs, but at the top of the page it says "Quick takes by The Post's opinion writers." Key word there being OPINION. If someone is critical of Obama then they are branded as a racist or a Nazi. I think it was Mr. Obama's church that honored the anti-semite Louis Farrakhan and not Mr. Krauthammer's.

Posted by: C. Allen | August 27, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

....both McCain and Obama, when speaking, lack an appearance in their faces and eyes especially, that there is any real original thinking going on in their heads. Now Hillary shows otherwise. Yes, folks get tired and stuff, but, consistently, McCain and Obama both look like, yes the porch light in on, but not so bright.

Posted by: Elizabeth
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Gee, I really hadn't seen it that way, Elizabeth; thanks for the observation. Um, can I still vote for Hillary? I can't? Darn! Well, then I'll just have to rely on the two remaining candidates' respective academic records to validate your concerns about their eyes. That makes the decision pretty easy, eh?

Posted by: abqcleve | August 27, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

he's giving his speech on the 45th anniversary of the 'i have a dream' speech, the set looks like the Lincoln memorial - i'm not saying it's a great idea for a stage-set, btu why is everyone so fixated on calling it 'some greek temple'? have they never seen photos of our nation's capital? the whole city is greek architecture.

Posted by: paul | August 27, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

If Obama really wanted to relate to the lower middle class and those who still think he is an elitist....this is not the right way.

I am afraid this setting will backfire. Seeing him with a Greek background may equal to the picture of Dikakas riding in the tank.

Posted by: concerned08 | August 27, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer is brilliant and notices everything. Love his insights.

Posted by: Kara West | August 27, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

It does actually remind of "triumph of the Will".Too bad Obama has to make do with Michael Moore instead of Frau Riefenstahl but they can always feature EJ Dionne along with Obama in the film and call is "Triumph of the Shill"

Posted by: Tom | August 27, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I've got a better idea. Why doesn't he rent an aircraft carrier and raise a huge banner gloating about a war.

Posted by: rlp | August 27, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

"I'm John Kerry, and I'm reporting for Doodad."

Posted by: Jeremiah GD America Wright | August 27, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

What an embarrassment! This is a mistake. It makes him look very lightweight, not presidential or professional at all, and he needs to show some of that very badly.
The critics and parodies will be merciless.
Huge mistake.

Posted by: Veronica | August 27, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

You know, I really think its time for reputable papers like the WashingtonPost.com to restrict & screen unnecessarily angry, childish and inflammatory posted comments.

I don’t favor censorship and I get the whole “the-Internet-provides-the-ultimate-free-expression” thing, but most of what is written in reply to other peoples’ analysis and opinion has degenerated our national debate and discourse.

I doubt most posters would talk as they do in their posts if they were actually attributable to their statements, rather than hidden behind the internets wall of infinite bandwidth.

Posted by: John G. | August 27, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

To all you moronic libs (which pretty much means ALL of you libs): Krauthammer is a brilliant political analyst. A neocon??? Gimme a break. Obama is so full of himself it's ridiculous, and he's going to pay. He is going down and will sorely regret his unbelievable arrogance. He and his whole campaign are a bunch of PHONIES. People are seeing that more and more. That's why he's sinking in the polls. Eat your heart out libs.

Posted by: Paul | August 27, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Instead of listening to a valid criticism that would help the Democrats here, most people simply attack the messenger. Is Krauthammer a conservative? Yes. He makes no bones about that, unlike 99% of the liberal media. Personally, I'd prefer all journalists tell us their party affiliation, it would make the whole lot of them much more honest.

Obama is making a MASSIVE mistake getting up there in anything that could be construed as the white house. It's presumptuous, arrogant, and turns a lot of middle of the road voters off. You don't get to be president because you say so, you have to earn that right to be president. Pretending to be president is insulting, and very very silly.

Posted by: Dude | August 27, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Rip: That was Bush. Oh I forgot. programmed Bot. Nice parrot.

Posted by: Morgo | August 27, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Where else would you expect Narcissus to be speaking?

Posted by: Joan | August 27, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

The comments that attempt to describe Obama as an empty suit without substance are obviously written by and for people who don't listen or read, because there's plenty in what Obama has said and written.

But what intrigues me are the attack lines based on claims that Obama lacks experience. I for one think we've had all the gray-haired senior officials and experienced corporate types that we could ever want in the George Bush White House. Trouble was we had a President who governed out of bias and ignorance, looked Putin in the eyes and saw his soul, that kind of thing. Bush, who I always thought knew how to campaign successfully, was an intellectual weakling who allowed Cheney, Rumsfeld and the neocons to walk all over him. We need that again? Better to have someone who can think, and excercise judgement, than someone who "has experience" but is guided by ideology and ignorance.

And yes, for a long time, Krauthammer has been a "partisan hack" who throws red meat to people who just want a president they think they can drink a beer with. I for one hope for something a bit better, in Presidents and columnists.

Caldwell Young

Posted by: Caldwell Young | August 27, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Paul: Neocon is what these little robots call anyone who doesn't agree with them. They have no knowledge of history before 2000. They're just bitter, clinging to their hope and change long after their leader has abandoned the charade.

Posted by: Morgo | August 27, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Interesting how the liberals get upset when a conservative expresses an opinion. They just can't stand it! Anyone with a different opinion should be silenced. So intellectual!

Posted by: Pat | August 27, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

CK gets paid for this stuff? Wow, how insightful and illuminating. Thanks Chuck!!

Posted by: Seeryer | August 27, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer is published in this newspaper because it is actually a fair and balanced paper unlike the cable television show he appears on daily. While his right-wing blowhard colleagues on Fox love to talk about how the Post is a leftist publication, the very existence of George Will, Krauthammer and others prove how ridiculous this and most of their other claims are.

Posted by: Pat Clarke | August 27, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Is it really a greek temple or something to hold the tv screens...or if you have a sense of history a small recreation of the lincoln memorial? Otherwise its a stupid thing to have

Posted by: Rich | August 27, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Think about this

Obama already has the high brow educated votes

He is still trying to get the white rural vote which absolutely needs to win.How does he get that vote with something like this.
I am one of those that voted for Hillary...why did I vote for her..she got down on my level and talked to me ....not at me...mccain knows this also...if you want someone to vote for you ....get them to like you ..talk to them on their level..get to know them ...show you care about them..be funny ..crack jokes..get personal

Obama has not or can not do this..he is stiff and unapproachable..the only people that are impressed by his style are the young..the rock concert crowd..my ancestors have fought kings and monarchs and dictators for centuries..I certainly wont vote for someone who thinks he needs to be at a coronation.

Posted by: sidney smith | August 27, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Fake Presidential Seal.Fake White House.Fake candidate.Almost makes you yearn for the days of Lurch and Rielle Hunter's boyfriend

Posted by: Mark in Peoria | August 27, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Heaven forbid Germans be enthusiastic about the possibility of America or Americans enthusiastic about their democracy. Whatever the occasional silliness of Obama's supporters or the occasional tackiness of his visuals, those sins pale in comparison to the perniciousness of the contempt Republicans seem to have for ordinary Americans who want something better for their children and for themselves. Heaven forbid ordinary people participate in political movement and support something they believe in. This nomination speech isn't about Obama; it's about the millions of people hoping that praying that someone will step up and put an end to this national nightmare. There's nothing more American than that and nothing more unpatriotic than showing contempt for those who would dedicate themselves to positive change in this country.

Posted by: Justin | August 27, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Another piece of fluff by the Washington Post's weakest link.

Posted by: jissoji | August 27, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Yes, he has lost his mind! Quite some time ago... :(

Posted by: Bridgette | August 27, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I think Obama is afraid of the Clinton folks making a scene so he has moved it to the stadium to make sure this doesn't occur. All staged by msnbc and empty suit BO. Bill Gates must be pretty embarrassed right now.

Posted by: Cal | August 27, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

As someone who thinks that Obama's entire campaign is an exercise in silly, immature narcissism, I am very happy with the venue he chose. Now the rest of the country will be just as irritated by him as I am.

Posted by: dyinglikeflies | August 27, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I am fed up with Obama. The democratic establishment try to force feed us with Obama who won the primaries with the slightess of margin, I have to say with positive discrimination when some delegates switched sides, and it may not be work. At least they could have put Clinton on the ticket!

Posted by: Grosse Fatigue | August 27, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

A good point, if a bit silly. Obama would be wise to cut back. I don't think a silly stage decision by political advisers means anything about Obama in the grand scheme of things, but it's one more silly thing for McCain to fling at Obama.

Posted by: elchip | August 27, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chuck.....did you see the staging plans for McCain's acceptance speech? McCain will be placed inside an authentic reproduction a tiger cage used to hold prisoners during the Viet Nam war.

McCain will "pace" around on his knees because he can't stand, just mumbling incoherently, kinda like his campaign stops.

When it's time to give his speech, he'll grab cage bars, shake them violently and scream at the top of lungs....."I WAS A PRISONER FOR 5-1/2 YEARS, THAT'S ENOUGH EXPERIENCE TO BE PRESIDENT".....enough said.

Sadly, it's the only thing he knows.

Chuck, go pound sand. Go Obama!!!

Posted by: fe427so | August 27, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

John McCain lived in a North Vietnam for five and a half years. I have it on good authority that he is a secret communist who worships Ho Chi Minh.

Posted by: Sammy | August 27, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I do find it pathetic for one to write an autobiography without having done anything. Up until about 2008, Obama's life had been aboyut exciting as my own.

Posted by: bkp | August 27, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Right on Charles. Obama Mocks himself. He Should be on Saturday Night Live. Obama is an egotistical race baiter

Posted by: ziggy1 | August 27, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Anyone notice this is a Reuters release? Krauthammer is not really adding that much - can't anyone handle a different opinion anymore? We will find out soon enough how this venue is perceived by the public.

Posted by: Independent Voter | August 27, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Its clear that Krauthammer has hit a nerve! Noone is more incisive.

Posted by: Matchedhands | August 27, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

A bad idea to have a Greek temple as a backdrop. It reminds me of the black and white footage of Hitler rallies where he used neoclassical architecture to give him stature. It was horrible but people were awed. I hope they will be less awed now. Don't do it Obama. It makes you look silly, or worse, dangerous.

Posted by: thecandypoem | August 27, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Do they pay all these Demonrat agents to sit at their computers every day and bash GOP talking heads.

And who are they defending? An illegal alien, Arab, descendent of the slave traders, who is nothing but a sleeper cell in the war on terrorism.

But liberalism is a mental disease and part of the culture of death. They would embrace the enemy as messiah and bow as the dhimmini that they are.

Posted by: Maxxon | August 27, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Faux columns for the faux candidate ...

Keep going, Charles. You're a nice respite from the Bolsheviks who normally write for this dying rag.


Posted by: Really? | August 27, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

fe427so: Name an Obama legislative accomplishment.

Posted by: Morgo | August 27, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer is one of the smartest commentators out there-- I know lots of people who read lots of opinon, and this view is widely shared. The vitriol in the replies simply shows that Charles has, once again, hit the bullseye. Whether or not you buy into the celebrity argument, shouldn't Obama be savvy enough not to provide McCain with a slam dunk like this?

Posted by: Bill K | August 27, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Is it Obama that said he would like for the country to come together? Not this way and not this year. In fact I would not be the least bit surprised if my great grand children still don't see unity in this land that we call free.

Posted by: What is all the belly aching about | August 27, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

"An illegal alien, Arab, descendent of the slave traders, who is nothing but a sleeper cell in the war on terrorism."

HAHAHA! But the libs are the real crazy ones, right?

Posted by: elchip | August 27, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

The level of spittle-flecked vitriolic name calling responses from the left is astonishing. I've seen some mad responses from those on the right, but never as extreme, bigoted and hateful, nor as prolific as these. How any rational American would want to be associated with people who express themselves like this escapes me. It reaffirms my personal abandonment of the left some years ago during the Carter administration.

Posted by: Carpenter | August 27, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

All Hail the Messiah, Barry Hussein Osamba.Part-time law professor of no distinction, communtiny activist along side the racist Rev. Wright and terrorist Ayers, business partner of the convicted felon Rezko, state senator who supported infanticide against babies and US Senator without legislation or achievement to his name....All Hail the Chosen One and kneel to his greatness...

Posted by: Clemenza | August 27, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Mr Krauthammer:

As a rule I loathe your politics. This disgust is tempered somewhat by the fact that you can actually write, a skill that has evaporated almost entirely from American life.

That said, you need a refresher with Webster: "coronate" is never ever a verb. Indeed, there's no such word. Never was. The plain old Anglo Saxon "crown" should do for a replacement.

If you must churn out Neanderthal polemic at least have the decency to do so in proper English. George Will does.

Cordially,

Del Lawrence Beaudry

Posted by: Del Beaudry | August 27, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Krauthammer is only kidding himself if he somehow feels that Sen. McCain has a tighter grip on reality than Sen. Obama.

After all, what man in his right mind would, in his forties, marry into an organized crime family and then decide to run for President?

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/23/us/politics/23mccain.html

But the truth is that Mr. Krauthammer, given his background, probably has a more than just a good idea that Sen. McCain is, perhaps understandably, mentally unstable.

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 27, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

The Kraut has him nailed. Obama is full of himself. He is long on style and short on substance. He is clothing with no emperor. He has enough natural gas to solve the energy problem.

Posted by: Papa Bear | August 27, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Morgo.

Mark: "Lurch and Rielle's boyfriend"... hilarious. Libs: You should have nominated Hillary. Obama is deeply, deeply flawed. Elitist. Arrogant. Preachy. Connections to crooks and terrorists. Naive. Greenhorn. What a nominee you have, way to go!!! And by the way for you Bush haters, BUSH AIN'T RUNNING!! And McCain ain't no Bush. People won't buy that cheap trick.

Posted by: Paul | August 27, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

fe427so: Name an Obama legislative accomplishment.

Posted by: Morgo | August 27, 2008 4:01 PM

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Don't care - he never voted for the war in Iraq and that trumps all your concerns.

Posted by: maggots | August 27, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

So I guess the subtext here is that Obama is uppity. It's okay if white Republicans use neo-classical mock architecture for their conventions (2008 Virginia Republican Convention anyone?), but how dare a black Democrat do the same thing?

Take a lap, Krauthammer.

Posted by: Georgetowner2 | August 27, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

If you don't think accepting acclaim in a replica of a Greek temple isn't ELITIST, then you are so out of touch with Americans, it will take you the four years of John McCain's administration to understand what happened.

Posted by: beebop | August 27, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey, DNC - Albert Speer called. He asked that you stop stealing his designs.

Posted by: pete | August 27, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

What a wonderful choice of venue.President Biden and Barack America NEVER make mistakes.EVER

Posted by: obama bin biden | August 27, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

<<Obama's an empty suit who's lost without a teleprompter. Why do you think he avoided the townhall style debates like the plague. On a side note, it's always amazing to watch the liberals/progressives start acting like adolescent school kids, ranting and raving and calling names every time their candidate's shone in an unfavorable light.<<

it's "shown", not shone, you illiterate moron. How's that for name calling?

No one is better at name calling and innuendo than Republicans. Look in the mirror.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 1:40 PM

UH, I'd remain "Anonymous" too, rushing to judgment and calling someone a moron. Had "Anonymous" taken the time to read and understand the blogger's comment, she/he would have realized that "SHONE" IS CORRECT. IT'S PAST TENSE FOR "SHINE."

AND, Obama's stage resembling a Greek temple is hilarious. Will he be wearing an AMERICAN flag pin on his lapel?

Posted by: jbh | August 27, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama is great, it says so in his autobiography!

Posted by: Manchingo | August 27, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Hmm...creating a greek god stage for a rock star politician who's opponents attack him for being a messiah.

Obama's people have really lost it these past couple of weeks. What are they thinking?

Posted by: Shannon | August 27, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a thug. I am crossing party lines and voting for McCain!

Posted by: Larse12 | August 27, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

"Name an Obama legislative accomplishment."

Tightened ethics standards, a searchable online database of all government spending, relief and democracy in the Congo, nuclear nonproliferation

Posted by: elchip | August 27, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the gift that keeps on giving... Another Berlin type speech with Greek columns and the smell of weed in the air is just too good to be true.

I wonder if Obama is hearing the hammering on wooden stage like Cleavon LIttle did in "Blazing Saddles"... I dont think Obama is a Cleavon LIttle

Posted by: Bammer | August 27, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Hey Hammer, It took you this long to figure out how insane Obama is?

Posted by: Delusiosn of grandeur | August 27, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

All Hail the Messiah, Barry Hussein Osamba.Part-time law professor of no distinction, communtiny activist along side the racist Rev. Wright and terrorist Ayers, business partner of the convicted felon Rezko, state senator who supported infanticide against babies and US Senator without legislation or achievement to his name....All Hail the Chosen One and kneel to his greatness...

Posted by: Clemenza | August 27, 2008 4:02 PM

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What did McCain give you for this posting -a bottle of malt liquor in a paper bag?

Posted by: Maggots | August 27, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Mr. K,

How dare you? The only insanity is the neocon one to which you pay homage daily. When you are sufficiently respected to be able to attract 75000 supporters, you can decorate the stage anyway you want.

Posted by: Mike S. | August 27, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Maggots: He was an Illinois State Senator. He couldn't vote on Iraq.
Any more brilliant observations, or just want to parrot what you hear on TV?

Posted by: Morgo | August 27, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Nice to hear from the right-wingers on here - 8 years of torture, war, massive debts, environmental destruction, civil rights erosion, and relentless politicization of our government and polarization of our country - and you all plan on voting for McCain to get another 8 years of the same.

Pathetic...

Posted by: chop1 | August 27, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Checkered.1: I suppose the Post folks read the comments on these pages as carefully as you do. Considering the balance, I'm sure they know their readership and their editorial content, which leaks so freely into their reporting, reflects that. Just because they're not as liberal as you'd like them to be...

Kurt: You're absolutely right. Charles should take Objectivity and Neutrality for Columnists 101 from Harold Meyerson, E.J. Dionne, Eugene Robinson and the rest of the left end of the stable, who seem perfectly content to do the DNC's strategy work for it.

Posted by: JGGiant | August 27, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

At all reminds me of the litte story "The emperor wears no clothes" .... We'll watch the show, pretend that he said someting meaningful, and then, we will vote for McCain.

Posted by: HaveItYourWay | August 27, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA TO FEED ANTICHRIST CONJECTURE

I have just seen the unbelievable photos of Obama's Temple at the Foorball Stadium where he will accept the Dem Nomination..

Since the news media are utter Pagans, they will not be aware of a belief by some Christians that the Book of Revelation (In the Bible) prohesies that the Antichrist will be known when he enters the Temple and declares himself God. The prophecy is also in the Old Testament in Daniel 9:24-27.

Now the Temple has to be in Jerusalem, not Denver,and Obama is quite frankly too STUPID to be the Antichrist, but the imagery is unbelievably divisive.

And African Americans, his core constituency, are some of the strongest Christians with detailed knowledge of Bible prophecy.

Why is Obama doing this idiocy? Has his keeper gone on vacation?

And not to leave out any religious groups, Jewish viewers may also have a problem,which they will never state, with mass meetings at night, outdoors, with lights on the Supreme Charasmatic Leader.

Especially when the Supreme Leader's middle name is Hussein who was raised by a Moslem mother...


Posted by: JaxMax | August 27, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

fe427so: Name an Obama legislative accomplishment.

Posted by: Morgo | August 27, 2008 4:01 PM

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Don't care - he never voted for the war in Iraq and that trumps all your concerns.

Posted by: maggots | August 27, 2008 4:04 PM

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So true - he did successfully keep the Illinois Department of Public Works out of the war...

Posted by: pete | August 27, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

A lot of glamour, but still completely unqualified for the position.

You can't vote "present" in the Oval Office.

Posted by: Rufus | August 27, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

By the way, what part of McCain married into an organized crime family and is, therefore, obviously insane don't you people get?

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 27, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone noticed the section is titled Post 'Partisans'? It's an opinion section people. And yes, the Post has a reputation as a liberal paper but maybe they don't want to fall into the trap of NYT & MSNBC where their news reporting is written off as being so biased it can't even be considered news. I think they're attempting to show independence and neutrality the way old fashioned people of integrity used to be....
Regarding Obama, I think much of his recent behaviors and presumptions could be compared to Bush's 'Mission Accomplished' landing on the air craft carrier. He's reading too much of his own press and needs to realize we want someone who has a unique opinion and doesn't just follow the complete leftist party line. It's not because he's black, it's because he sounds like McGovern and his hippie (aka moveon.org) supporters and is totally out of touch with working people. It's the economy stupid but he's out there with Pelosi saving the planet... I support conservation but I'm not planning to live in a cave.

Posted by: Brad | August 27, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I usually disagree with Chuck on almost everything but in this case I think he makes a very good point. The idea is beyond ridiculous! This kind of stuff is the reason that the Republicans have been able to point to the Democratic party and convince a majority of the country to vote Republican....not to mention the fact that Pelosi and Reid have been the face of the party.

Posted by: buzzsaw1 | August 27, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I was wondering if the title was referring to Krauthammer. If so, then yes, he IS losing his mind!

Posted by: phorse | August 27, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I know this Obama convention speech set-up offends me greatly. I'll be glad when McCain speaks -- after all, I fully expect that John-Boy will give his speech from someone's garage with all the bikes and yard tools pushed to one side. Right?

Posted by: Jeff V. | August 27, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least Obama doesn't turn the lights out on his way out of town like Bush did after his speech in Katrina-devastated New Orleans.

Posted by: Ted Frier | August 27, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Have you noticed the volume of whiners going up since McCain passed the One in the Gallop poll.

Krauthammer sure did wake up the brownshirts this morning... must have struck a nerve - he does this on purpose. These people's posts do the One more damage with the Independent voters trying to make a decision than the Republican oppos ever dreamed.

Or maybe its McCain having coasted by Obama in the Gallop poll.

As for the set in Denver, it resembles Nuremberg. Ghastly.

Posted by: GlennO | August 27, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

McBush would only love to fill a stadium with his well wishers. He has to go to motorcycle rallies and put his wife into a "cycle doll selection pagent" in order to get a few votes.
Those that vote for McBush based upon lies and made up pseudo facts must be HS dropouts. No sign of intelligence here Scotty, beam me up!

Posted by: John | August 27, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Mr Krauthammer:

As a rule I love your politics. This admiration for you is paired with the fact that you can actually write, a skill that has evaporated almost entirely from American life.

With that said, I find that I need a refresher with Merriam-Webster: "coronate" is a word, and a verb, that I, in ALL my supreme ignorance, had never heard before! Indeed, as always, you are right! There IS such a word. Always was. The plain old Anglo Saxon "crown" is the only word I knew, because I'm such a dodohead, I couldn't think of the far more accurate "coronate" for a replacement.

I have learned that since I only churn out Neanderthal polemic at least in the future will try hard to have the decency to do so in proper English. Charles Krauthammer always does.

Again, forgive me for my idiocy.

Cordially,

Del Lawrence Beaudry

Posted by: Del Beaudry | August 27, 2008 4:03 PM

Posted by: Spring Rain | August 27, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Obama is an illusion, mirrors and smoke.

Posted by: David Jn. | August 27, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

To Kurt Overmeyer, et.al. who question why Krauthammer is published in the Post:

BECAUSE A NEWSPAPER AND ITS OPINION SECTION ARE ALL ABOUT FOSTERING INFORMED, CIVIL AND THOUGHTFUL DEBATE!

A paper's role, editorially on its op/ed pages, is to serve as a sounding board for the community at large, not to merely trumpet a single party line.

That's what Pravda was. That's not what the Post is.

And Krauthammer is a COLUMNIST, paid to have an opinion and express it and engage his readers. Whether you agree with him or not ... so what. He's doing exactly what he's being paid to do.

Posted by: JLAnderson | August 27, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Who cares if the paper is liberal or conservative or whether Charles is a good columnist or not. The fact is, Obama's stage is hilariously and embarassingly stupid.

Posted by: Josh | August 27, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Tell you what chop1. I might not vote for McCain if the Democrats hadn't insisted on nominating Hannah Montana in drag

Posted by: Says You | August 27, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Shannon..is he nuts. What happened to the understated way in which our founding fathers ( and mothers) served this country. They were all about the business of governing and serving not creating a rock opera complete with a stage and sets. What has happened to our humility in this country. No wonder the Repubs call him "the one" when he comes up with crap like this. I too am worried about the future but if you screw up the present badly enough you won't get to the future to change it.

Posted by: nodeal | August 27, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

By the way Krauthammer, your writing is so pathetic and they pay you for this? God Bless America where even the stupid can survive....

Posted by: John | August 27, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he'll sacrifce a virgin or two.

Posted by: grunk | August 27, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

C'mon, Charles: empty suits need love, too!

Posted by: Stoshman | August 27, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

fe427so: Name an Obama legislative accomplishment.

Posted by: Morgo | August 27, 2008 4:01 PM

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Don't care - he never voted for the war in Iraq and that trumps all your concerns.

Posted by: maggots | August 27, 2008 4:04 PM

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QUOTE "he never voted for the war in Iraq..." UNQUOTE

HE WASN'T A U.S. SENATOR AT THE TIME OF THE VOTING.

jbh, A DEMOCRAT VOTING FOR MCCAIN

Posted by: jbh | August 27, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Morgo.....he had sex with your wife.

Posted by: fe427so | August 27, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Well, we all know Krauthammer has you-know-what envy....very sad! But also quite humorous...

Posted by: BFW | August 27, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Obamaniacs, so, so, so thin-skinned.

Life is short. Appreciate the absurdities where you find them.

Posted by: Paul | August 27, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

That stage thing, that is a joke, right? I heard someone in the office talking about it and I laughed my head off. They just stared at me like hurt puppies.

Posted by: Herman | August 27, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

The Obama moonies will take down your name and make sure you don't ascend to heaven with them, or actually descend into their own brand of brainless hell.

Posted by: Jon | August 27, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

"The stage, similar to structures used for rock concerts, has been set up at the 50-yard-line, the midpoint of Invesco Field, the stadium where the Denver Broncos' National Football League team plays."

EDITOR: DO YOUR JOB!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I am a democrat and if you want to look at reality Obama has slipped in the polls continually since the Berlin Speech by any measure that was a complete failure. He will lose this election if he does not start talking in more specifics. The rock star thing is obviously begining to bother people. JUST LOOK A THE POLLS WE ARE AT OUR OWN CONVENTION AND THE POLL NUMBERS CONTINUE TO SLIDE WHEN THROUGH HISTORY THAT NEVER HAPPENS. WE BETTER WAKE UP STOP DRINKING THE KOOL AID AND WAKE UP. I AM SORRY BUT I AGREE WITH HIM ON THIS.

Posted by: dmar | August 27, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I am so deeply saddened by articles like this and the supporting comments by people whose filters are so cynical. Taking issue with something as simple as a stage and making that support a world view in which no one could accomplish or aspire to a nobler purpose says so much more about the writer than the object of their criticism.

Barack Obama has conducted himself with dignity in the face of partisan attacks designed only to enrage. His accomplishments, dedication and commitment are clear. If you cannot see that Charles, it is your issue not his.

For the rest of us, who are able to hope. Who are tired of 8 years of an administration that exploits the worse in all of us and has exposed this country to ecomonic decay and world ridicule. Those of us who look at how McCain is conducting his campaign and say, enough. Obama '08

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer has made a journalistic career as a cheap shot artist, never more in evidence than in this piece.

If the Post owners wonder why their paper cannot get the same intellectual traction as the New York Times, despite some excellent reporting, they may do well to compare the quality of its "in house" conservatives with those of the "paper of record".

Posted by: William Madden | August 27, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Hello? He's an opinion writer, so he's allowed to have a viewpoint -- which tends to be more insightful and accurate than most.

Half the people on this post, are rushing to Wikipedia asking "Napoleon who?"

Posted by: Y'all dumb | August 27, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Manchingo said: Obama is great, it says so in his autobiography!

Bravo!

Hey "Maggots": When you say that you "don't care" if Obama has any legislative accomplishments, you reveal a lot about the liberal mindset, and it's not pretty. By the way, have you libs noticed that Obama has dropped the constant CHANGE CHANGE CHANGE drumbeat? Funny, because he really is all about change. It's what he does best, change his opinions when it's convenient, change his message, whatever it takes to get your measly vote. EMPTY SUIT.

Posted by: Paul | August 27, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

This is creepy stuff kinda like the Nuremberg rallies meets ebonics

Posted by: PUMA! | August 27, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Krauthammer is a hack...send him back to the ghetto of journalism that is Fox

Posted by: Abrown | August 27, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Craphammer is such a smuck!!!

Posted by: Rick | August 27, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

"jbh, A DEMOCRAT VOTING FOR MCCAIN"

Yes, umm, me too! PUMA all the way!

Posted by: Karl Rove | August 27, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Of course if Obama was Jewish rather than Black Krauthammer would be thrilled at the Denver setup...Keauthammer can wait for next week to be thrilled when McCain picks Liebermann as his VP nominee.

Posted by: Ed | August 27, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

It will look like Obama is accepting the nomination at the Buffet in an Olive Garden
and it won't matter at all. He is done

Posted by: Dana | August 27, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

People think Bush is impervious, overconfident and full of himself, he has nothing on Obama who really does think he is the new messiah. And yet his resume is so thin.

Posted by: Dave | August 27, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm utterly unimpressed with the Greek Templ bit. I was hoping that Obama would flood the stadium floor with water and then enter, walking upon it. Barry's heart is in the right place but he simply has no imagination.

Posted by: nocomme1 | August 27, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Hillary had it right about B.O., no experience, and Kraut is right about his pretensions. Americans don't like pomp. Anyone recall Nixon's blunder with the regal guard uniform fiasco? The Dems blow another election with the wrong candidate when they had the winning one in their hip pocket.

Posted by: Tom in Nevada | August 27, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama was so disgusted with the vote to authorize the President to use force in Iraq that he went ahead and got a VP who voted against it...wait, he didn't?

Posted by: Josh | August 27, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

"Regarding Obama, I think much of his recent behaviors and presumptions could be compared to Bush's 'Mission Accomplished' landing on the air craft carrier."

Really?
What has Obama accomplished besides associating with terrorists and Nutsi Pelosi and killing living babies?

Now that the Iraq war is won, it is Mission Accomplished.

Posted by: Mile High, Inch Deep | August 27, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

In 1992, Neil Kinnock looked a certainty as the next British prime minister. A few weeks prior to the election, the Labour party staged a rally where he and his outspoken wife Glynys appeared to be congratulating themselves, fist-in-the-air style, for winning power from Margaret Thatchers legacy Conservatives. The Brits looked at each other and said wait just a cotton-pickin' minute, and the election went solidly to the Conservatives.
Pride goeth before the fall.

Posted by: Carpenter | August 27, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Just for the record, my 1993 edition of the Shorter O.E.D. lists "Coronate" as a verb.

Posted by: Rosario | August 27, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Look the press has long since been bought and sold. Some of them give the appearance of being liberal, on the surface of things, but then they spike the big stories, like that fact that ***McCain married into an organized crime family.*** Hello you Rs need to read up on your guy. Checkout the wikis on Jim Hensley and Kemper Marley.

The press should be reporting this and, for the most part, they aren't. What does that tell you?

I can stomach Republicans lying, cheating, and stealing. (Well, not really.) But this man cannot marry into an organized crime family and use it to win the Presidency.

I thought that some of you Repubs considered yourself Patriots?

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 27, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

"Have you noticed the volume of whiners going up since McCain passed the One in the Gallop poll."

Actually, Obama's back up again in that poll.

And what the hell is with this One/Messiah @^$%? I've never met a single person who holds that kind of opinion of him.

You buy that nonsensical crap hook, line and sinker, don't you.

Posted by: elchip | August 27, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

An ancient Greek temple is a great idea. Maybe Obama can also have an animal sacrifice and a magic show.

Posted by: Jane | August 27, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

GO MCCAIN/ROMNEY! YOU'LL CRUSH, POSITIVELY CRUSH THOSE TWO NO-EXPERIENCE PLAGIARIST KNUCKLEHEADS OBAMA BIN BIDEN-MARK MY WORDS-IT WILL BE A LANDSLIDE FOR MCCAIN/ROMNEY-THEY HAVE THE NECESSARY LEADERSHIP, LEGISLATIVE, FOREIGN POLICY, POLITICAL AND MOST IMPORTANTLY IN THIS DIRE LOOKIING ECONOMY-A BRILLIANT MAN-MITT ROMNEY WITH VAST EXPERIENCE IN FINANCIAL INVESTMENTS AND CAPITAL MARKETS-MITT ROMNEY MAY WELL BE THE MOST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT SINCE BILL CLINTON-DEMS FOR MCAIN/ROMNEY!

Posted by: spring rain | August 27, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

"Posted by: Morgo

"Don't care - he never voted for the war in Iraq and that trumps all your concerns."

Actually he was NOT even a member of the Senate when the voting was done. ALL he did was make a speech about the war, at an anti-war rally in front of a few hundred people in Chicago. That's his claim to fame.

That's what is wrong with Obama supporters. They know almost NOTHING about the man, but support him anyway. It's a very disturbing cult mentality.

Obama is just another American fad.

Just follow the herd, never examine anything for yourselves.

Posted by: Tom | August 27, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

It's true, Krauthammer. And it's hilarious that Obama doesn't realize he's making a joke of himself with this pompous display. But this is also a metaphor for his campaign--plywood painted off-white to look like real columns.

Posted by: David Mickelson | August 27, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I am Anti Obama (He is self centered egotistical nut and all he needs to get riled up is to mock him just like all his supporters).

I like the fact that WPost allows all the negative comments to stay. I have tried posting negative comments on CNN in the same vein as the obamabots here and not a single was allowed. I noticed the pattern of one negative allowed per 15-20 praises for Jack Cafferty.

Posted by: who cares | August 27, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Okay his articles are mildly entertaining but Krauthammer has officially jumped the shark with this article.

Posted by: IronyisRich | August 27, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I find it heartily ironic and schadenfreude rich that the same neo-cons who've been working so hard to create an imperial presidency are now so panicked that W's crown may well go to a Dem.

Sweet, but then these guys have never been strong at foreseeing unintended consequences have they?

Posted by: CaliBlogger | August 27, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

"O Bam A" "Thud" will be heard after Barrack loses in November. He will be spouting how Washington is broke while backstroking home here to Illinois awaiting the verdict of his pal Renzko.

I voted him to the senate but ended with a state still backrupt while Obama wins a Grammy for writing a novel? Have job descriptions changed that drastically?

Now we all must wait for his next novel due 9/8/08. When the call comes at 3 a.m. he will be doing spellcheck or worse yet asking for a cigarette and a light because he is clueless as to what it takes to lead a nation.

He won't be reading, "My Pet Goat." Is this the consolation prize?

Do not be fooled into putting him in the Oval Office. We in Illinois were duped.

Posted by: Teri Towse | August 27, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Well Ed if Obama were Jewish he wouldn't have the nomination and he wouldnt be in the position to complain that white racists aren't supporting him to the 94% level that the black racists are

Posted by: LTD | August 27, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

This is Obama's way of reassuring middle-class blue collar voters that he understands them.

Posted by: The Greek god, er, philosopher | August 27, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

David Jn put it exactly right: Obama is an illusion, mirrors, and smoke.

Posted by: Paul | August 27, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Music in foreign languages can also help, because after all, this is the kind of stuff that will help him connect with the voters in Ohio. I recommend loud Arabic music.

Posted by: Mary | August 27, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I guess some of the liberals that post here didn't catch that this is the section where they have partisan columnists, hence "PostPartisan". They may also not have noticed that there are a fair amount of liberal columnists out there too. The whole idea is to present different sides.

Krauthammer makes a good point and it's not partisan in this case. The whole entitlement theme didn't work too well for Senator Clinton. Plus, this reinforces the celebrity knock. This just plays right into the Republican campaign handbook.

Posted by: Ted | August 27, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

If Reuters' report was correct, it is not a good thing for Obama. Yes, that way will energize Obama's loyal supporters. But his campain's goal is to attract the independents who have yet made up their minds. These people do not like to worship the President or the Presidential candidates. The Berlin speech has turned out to be a negative for Obama. Will the same thing happen to the Denver speech?

Posted by: Teddy | August 27, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Look the press has long since been bought and sold. Some of them give the appearance of being liberal, on the surface of things, but then they spike the big stories, like that fact that ***McCain married into an organized crime family.*** Hello you Rs need to read up on your guy. Checkout the wikis on Jim Hensley and Kemper Marley.
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You lose all cred when you cite wikipedia. ARe you 11?

Posted by: josh | August 27, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I have to say John McCain hit the nail on the head and I had a good laugh for the day with this one " you know why the dems are having their convention in mile high Denver don't you, Mount Olympus was booked" ya gotta admit that's funny!!!

Posted by: Independent for life | August 27, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Can't...stop...laughing...Someone posted the moronic statement that the Washington Post is a neoconservative newspaper! It has finally happened. Seinfeld's bizarro world has come to life! Who in their right mind would think the Daily Worker..er Washington Post is any kind of conservative paper? People are so wacky sometimes. As for Obama and the shrine to himself, have the Dems no humility or shame? Coronate him at the convention. Fine. We'll see what happens in November.

Posted by: CMK | August 27, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love the irony of Mr. Kraut Slimer talking about Obama this way when the neocon piece of garbage has been genuflecting to his "boy emperor" as Dubya has flushed the country down the toilet for 8 long, sad years.

Yeah, you tell us what's what Mr. Slimer. You sure are oozing with credibility. Or something.

Posted by: Mark | August 27, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer is one of the smartest commentators and Barry Hussein Osamba was not even a part-time law professor - he was a part time law instructor - to be a law professor he needed a PhD of law not just a law degree

Posted by: Houston | August 27, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

You liberal girls really are a bunch of hypocritical, self loathing fascists. Boo hoo, wa wa wa, tisk tisk on the Post for running Krauthammers articles. Hey moron, don't read them if you don't like them. Furthermore, if you want your read without opposing view points, move to Putin's new Soviet Union and bury your face in Pravda.

Posted by: jason | August 27, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Enough with imperialistic presidents!

Obama is making a mockery of our Republic.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I recommend that he conduct an animal sacrifice in the Greek temple. Maybe also a New Age magic show. The blue collar voters in Ohio will totally connect with all that.

Posted by: Jack | August 27, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, after the speech, he's going to reenact a scene from "Clash of the Titans".

Posted by: pete | August 27, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

This is a very appropriate venue for the Obamessiah to give his acceptance speech and then ascend into heaven through the parted skies and sit at the left side of God the father almighty. OBAMA FOREVER!!!

Posted by: Robbylonia | August 27, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer is a dumb neo con hack! How'd he end up in a wheelchair did one of his bombs go off prematurely????

Posted by: Obama! | August 27, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

To Mr Overmeyer's frustration regarding Dr. Krauthammer's employment status with the Washington Post: Your phrase "waste of space" strikes me as unworthy of the Post as well. As a hired polemic, it's his job (as well as the other opinion columnists) to provoke the reaction you gave in your entry. Hence, the Post succeeded in garnering reader participation. Your few sentences lend me the impression you might not exactly be the steady Tiller. (Perhaps the liberal equivalent of a Limbaugh robot) In short, the opinion columnist staff is in no danger of being overrun by Strangelovian Neocons. When you wish to contribute your sentiments, do so as if your mother were proof reading your work. Regards,

Posted by: Thomas Chiapelas | August 27, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA bin BIDEN = NERO (666) back after his fatal head wound? Comes in peace?

Writing in the Arab Times, Syrian liberal Nidal Na‘isa repeatedly called Obama an "apostate Muslim."

Ever wonder why Iranian president Achmadjihad is so confident we're going down with Israel?

Is he counting on Obama for it?

Posted by: F. Meglin | August 27, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Given the economy and the popularity of the Bush administration Obama should have a double-digit lead at this point. Once again the prospects for the Democrats do not look good for November. If they can't win after 8 years of the present administration a lot of rethinking will need to be done.

Posted by: Sam | August 27, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Hey Elchip, you say you haven't met anyone who holds a messianic opinion of Obama? Of course you haven't, and won't unless you meet Obama himself. Obama is the One who holds that opinion of HIMSELF.

All hail the great Barack!!!

Posted by: Paul | August 27, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

This article is as lame as Krauthammer's legs.

Posted by: FDR | August 27, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Obama will fill that stadium and McSame will fill his pants!

Posted by: Rick | August 27, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I hear that the field will be flooded and after the speech, B.O. will walk on water to greet his followers. Oh, and the big question is, does the stage face Mecca??

Posted by: Joe | August 27, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Breathtaking how ignorant the cool aid drinkers on the left can be. Mr. Krauthammer has more intelligence and insight than 3/4 of lefties combined. His point was the appearance of arrogance, which started in Europe and has steadily reduced the Chosen One's poll lead since. You all might as well enjoy your Denver party in front of 80,000 because you won't have an inauguration to celebrate with the current trend.

Posted by: Jack from Fort Lauderdale | August 27, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Probably the brainstorm of Obama's Chicago based RNC to make it look like Soldier Field

Posted by: John | August 27, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

This is one of the rare times I've agreed with the crabby guy in the wheelchair.

Obama HAS gone over the top. He's not MADONNA--this is REAL, not a place for stage-sets or inappropriate use of flags as decorative devices.

The DNC Pepsi stage was bad enough--it looked like Bethlehem before the Birth of the Messiah...but this is asinine.

I can't believe that even the eighteen to twenty eight year old set are so stupid as to think this nonsense is "cool." It's not cool--it's SCARY that an adult would be so insecure as to NEED all these idiotic trappings to make himself seem important.

Simplicity is elegance, Barack. Surely your grandmother taught you that. Why didn't you listen?

Posted by: Departing The Democratic Party | August 27, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Why is Krauthammer given a forum for his biased, narrow viewpoint? Predictable and pretentious, as always.

Posted by: ace | August 27, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

For greater authenticity Obama should scrap the Greek Temple and use a crack house as his backdrop

Posted by: Vast Right wing Conspiracy | August 27, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

The nasty attacks that Mr. K is facing in the above comments are the rantings of the crazy left that seems to have taken over the Democratic party. He is just pointing out that the party continues to fall into the same elitist pit that they already seem to be drowning in. The Clinton's would never have made all these amaturish mistakes.

Posted by: Jim O'Brien | August 27, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

"Well, at least Obama doesn't turn the lights out on his way out of town like Bush did after his speech in Katrina-devastated New Orleans."

Posted by: Ted Frier | August 27, 2008 4:11 PM

Fred - you are braindead.

We just voted out of office Mrs Doubtfire aka Gov Blanco/gov Louisiana because she wouldn't mobilize the National Guard after Katrina. She said it wasn't necessary...!


Posted by: Cajuncousin | August 27, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Democrats are created through the following ways:

1. They are too dumb to run their own lives so they need Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Joe Biden to do it.

2. Even worse, they are too dumb to even figure out who to vote for without their overweight union boss telling them who to vote for.

3. They feel really strong about killing babies and they want to reserve the right to do it.

4. If you live in the ghetto, Barack Obama will bring the MTV cribs bus to your community

5. They somehow feel like we need the rest of the world to like us even though we should have nuked about 5 countries on September 12, 2001. It is important for Germany to like us, because God knows they never did anything bad throughout history. Well, maybe a couple of bad things.
Any American that walks around France should be showered with stinky French women for saving their **** twice.

Posted by: maddogcoll1 | August 27, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

what I can't believe is how upset you lib's, sp's, & dem's get when someone speaks the truth and makes you all look like complete sheep. look at BO, now he's trying to get the DOJ to silence someone for exercising the constitutional right to free speech. you guys are nuts and unhinged. take a break!!!!

Posted by: whatsinaname | August 27, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

To me the columns suggest polished civilization, learning, serious statesmanship, not delusions of grandeur. Obama can afford them, and the expenditure is good for the economy.

Posted by: Janet | August 27, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Right on, Sam. By the dems own admission, this election is more ripe for the picking for them than any since Watergate, given the weakened economy, Bush's unpopularity, Iraq, etc. And yet it is looking like they will somehow find a way lose even this one. Now that takes some serious talent. I'm impressed, dems.

Posted by: Paul | August 27, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

The Republican ignorance here is refreshing. Blacks are not not racist for supporting Obama, they gave Gore 90% and Kerry 88% of their votes. That's what happens when one party supported civil rights and the other party supported Jim Crow.

Some of *you people* - and you know who you are - are just plain ignorant.

Democrats want for your kids to get and education and have health insurance. So that America can compete with China and India in the 21st century. And you think that the dem platform is *socialist*.

Some of you people are dumb and mean-spirited. But, you know what, character determines fate. And, unless you do some serious soul searching... Anyhow, good luck with your fear and hate, you'll see where it gets ya!

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 27, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Charles you have referred to Senator Obama as being an emperor, you should know because you have supported one for the last eight years.George Bush started the war on lies without adequate troops and supplies to support them. He tortured enemy prisoners, when our torture was not adequate enough he renditioned them to other torture chambers, and who can forget the violation of the constituton by violating our rights to privace listening to private telephone conversation and checking the books that we read in the Library. If that is not the behavior of an emperor, what is.

Posted by: Michael Gibbons | August 27, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

"For greater authenticity Obama should scrap the Greek Temple and use a crack house as his backdrop"

Posted by: Vast Right wing Conspiracy | August 27, 2008 4:26 PM

Yo Vast - how do you know you are in the One's voting district in Chicago?

Follow the gunfire!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

What worries me are these commentators. I haven't seen so much 'ignorance' in one place since I last watched the democrats convention. You can expose them to logic and truth but they are obstinate in their ability to block out facts. All squishy emotion with an unhealthy dose of hatred masquerading as "bush derangement syndrome"....a real mental disorder.

Posted by: Anita Salsedo | August 27, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

It's what's in his lapel. Or not. It's how the stage he speaks from is dressed. It's the foibles of his pastor. It's his next door neighbors in Chicago.

What it's not about is the fact that this country has got to get on a new course, or else continue its inexorable slide from greatness. Oh no. Republicans don't want to talk about that. So they talk about stage dressing at the convention. They gibe that his supporters are all senseless worshippers. As if voting for McCain made any sense at all.

If you really think that independent voters are influenced by this kind of idiot scrim, then post on. At least you won't be doing anything useful for the Republican cause.

Posted by: fzdybel | August 27, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I have to respectfully disagree with "What happened to the understated way in which our founding fathers ( and mothers) served this country. They were all about the business of governing and serving not creating a rock opera complete with a stage and sets." I have studied American Political history for some time now and I will tell you that we have always loved a spectacle, and that some of our founding fathers were masters at creating them. For example, George Washington would ride a carriage out on the trail and then jump out and ride his horse Nelson into towns to greet people. His version of tailhook landing I guess. The right has long celebrated Ronald Reagan as a politician that conveyed magnatism and celebrity to country's benefit. He was "The Great Communicator" is magnatism no longer important? I do not think that our so called post 9/11 world is incompatible with a President who is liked and respected. Also, if you want a case study in changing your mind, or altering your politics to win a race. See John McCain from 5 years ago. I'm not judging him, I respect leaders who change their mind and grow into their skin. But let's drop the hyperbole about Obama's inexperience and meteoric rise. John Kennedy, FDR, and Abe Lincoln were all criticized for lack of experience, it worked out well for us that we elected them.

Posted by: Winona Guy | August 27, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

"They feel really strong about killing babies and they want to reserve the right to do it."

Of course, the alternative is criminalizing abortion.

And if abortion is just the same as murder, I assume you support the death penalty for abortion doctors and life in prison for women who get abortions?

Just trying to make sure you're consistent.

Posted by: elchip | August 27, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

McBush couldn't fill phone booth.

Posted by: Rick | August 27, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse


Wow, reading these comments make me cringe with embarrassment. Is this what passes for political discourse on the left these days? I have voted Democrat my entire life, but I have serious reservations about Obama. Most notably his ego-complex and inexperience.

Posted by: Blue collar Dem | August 27, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Krauthammer - SO delighted to find that you have been blogging the convention for the WaPo. One column per week is not sufficient with so much going on. I started to read my way down the responses - incredible how many people contributed...but SUCH vitriole! Obviously, you have 'inspired' strong responses. PLEASE keep writing. I generally agree with you - not always, but most of the time - and I DO want to hear what you have to say.

Posted by: mombam | August 27, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

they say that emperors and dictarors are well known for their height...definetely Obama is tall, Krauthammer is more probable a person with a napoleonic complex...just close your eyes a imagine Krauthammer with his hand inside his lapel...his grandiose complex is reflected in his partisan, non-factual articles...
cuban-american from Florida

Posted by: gallo146 | August 27, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

People perish for lack of knowledge. Obama's speech comes on the Anniversary of MLK's "I Have A Dream." MLK gave the speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial which is situated between columns. That's the significance of the columns. Let's stop trying to make it more than it is. Besides, where else would they put all the millions of new and young voters who can't get into the convention center?

Posted by: pat | August 27, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

The Greek columns are pretty lame. This looks too much like a Hollywood set and not enough like an American-style party convention. Obama's handlers are hurting him by allowing this kind of space to be inserted between him and ordinary people.

Posted by: John Martinez | August 27, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I see the stage at Invesco and think Dukakis sticking out of a tank...

Posted by: what? | August 27, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

This is not Barack's idea!!!!

I think someone is deliberately trying to sabotage Barack!

This is a racist attempt within the democratic party to humiliate the black guy!!!!!!!!

Posted by: John | August 27, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the WaPo.

Always good for a nice spoonful of partisan swill.

Posted by: Jason | August 27, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

What is the point of this column? Is a stage set important to our future? Maybe the media could focus on the issues.

Posted by: jrc | August 27, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

And in the Opinion of Deep Blue : the Party supporting Jim Crow was not the Party of George Wallace, Lester Maddox,Orville Faubus or the Grand Kleagle himself, Robert Byrd.It was the GOP don't you know? You are the ignorant one and ignorance of that magnitude is never refreshing

Posted by: Mark in Peoria | August 27, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

With all the smoke and mirrors,all the favorable MSM coverage and the backing of the DNC, Obama is ready to proclaim himself King of America.

It appears to many of the American Voters CAN BE BOUGHT by a person that has NO JOB HISTORY that warrants consideration for ever remotely being qualified to LEAD a world power. He has not controlled major budgets, not made any tough decisions, and at his best he was a community organizer.

Nothing that would be valuable on a resume for a Vice-President of a major corporation and definitely nothing that would even get him in the door as a CEO or a MAJOR COMPANY. Unless it was something that he qualified for as being 'black' and connected.)

He and his campaign will spend in excess of 500 MILLIO9N DOLLARS to make him King of America. None of it HIS MONEY.

He has shown himself to be bright and a gifted speaker. But NOTHING other than his speeches and his HARVARD LAW DEGREE that warrants even being considered for the highest office in the land.

He is a product of the media, smoke and mirrors, the DNC and the best advertising that money can buy.

And he will be BUYING your vote,and becoming filthy rich on the backs of the American People.

Do your research and TRY to discover what makes the guy tick.. He is nothing more than a 'snake oil salesman' and he is selling himself as KING OF AMERICA.

Posted by: Bob Miller | August 27, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I kept wondering when Obama was gonna have his "Dukakis in a tank" or "Kerry in a blue astronaut suit" moment. I think we now have. Honestly, if the Dems know what's good for them they will be already tearing this down.

Posted by: Josh | August 27, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

"Wow, reading these comments make me cringe with embarrassment. Is this what passes for political discourse on the left these days?"

Because the CONSERVATIVE discourse -- calling Obama a secret Muslim terrorist antichrist Messiah -- is so much saner and more rational.

Posted by: elchip | August 27, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

The level of spittle-flecked vitriolic name calling responses from the left is astonishing. I've seen some mad responses from those on the right, but never as extreme, bigoted and hateful, nor as prolific as these. How any rational American would want to be associated with people who express themselves like this escapes me. It reaffirms my personal abandonment of the left some years ago during the Carter administration.

Posted by: Carpenter | August 27, 2008 4:02 PM
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And of course, there's been absolutely nothing coming from the right but sweetness and innocence. Man, I sincerely hope you and your conservative lose SO badly. I will SO come on this board and rub it in your hypocritical faces...

Posted by: sagg | August 27, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Well, if it is done with healthy dose of self-mockery, it might be good for him. But if certain people (you know, old and middle aged working class) see it as self-agrandisation in mold of Emperor Nero, that will be campaign suicide...

Posted by: Mladen | August 27, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Anybody interested in taking up a collection to buy Krauthammer a gift card for a high colonic?

Posted by: Jimbo | August 27, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

If we wanted spectacle, we could watch a rerun of Cecil B. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments" or something.

Obama has already maxed out on the young liberal cult vote. We older folks are not impressed with his showmanship. There's a reason why cult followings are always made up primarily of young people: Young Communists, Hitler Youth, Star Trek Trekkies, and now Obama.

Unlike Obama's youthful cultists,
we've seen it all before.
And we're not impressed with it.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer, sounds like a evident stretch to me, I'm just sayin.

If you said something positive from time to time about an individual who's truely American story engenders some admiration, in some part from most rational Americans weather or not they fully agree policy-wise, then we might consider your cheap 2 American cents as worth the second it would take to stoop down and pick em up.

But I guess you can't do that, so tell me this Kraugthy, what in heaven or you for? After you give the answer we know your're going to give, answer this WHY? What have you been looking at, because millions of Americans would love to have that reassurance that you and your cronies must have hidden somewhere, why else would you fight so vociferously the notion that you may be wrong, the lives of 75% of Americans over the last 25 years would renounce your claim that neo-conology has ever even worked for all Americans.

Businesses? did you say businesses? economy? your arguements are all smoke and mirrors, someone explain how my rationale is wrong, I need that to keep my sanity, here goes.

Consumer Spending consitutes 3/4 of the strenght of our economy. (Business must do well for America to do well, I get it)

Now, small business endearvors consitute over half of the U.S. workforce, many far from millionaires, I get that.

Now, most small businesses are started by middle class workers who save prudently and live responsibly with an eye towards their future goals. I get that , I'm one of these Americans.

Now you and the Rebublicans claim that if we support these small business, through tax policy, and trade policy, their growth will ensure market stability and growth. (right!)

now here's where you lose me it appears to me to as being outside the perview of Government to reward those who reach this point fastest with the added advantage of preferential policy, I was under the impression that free-market capitalism and competition was at the heart of what makes this country the best on planet earth.

But, I understand you perspective, however it happens to appear erily similar to Chinese Nationalism in a plutocratic and corporatist oil can. Open competition between individuals and the innovative and competitive spirit of the American people will prevail.

If small business (A) find it difficult to remain competitive in this changing market, then maybe they should step aside.

If we know the primary buttress, of our economy is small business, and that responsible middle class Americans start small businesses, then it seems completely rationale that we should make it as easy as possible for more middle class Americans to rise to the level of operating competive small businesses, sure those who got there first would like to CONSERVE there preferred treatment, but that just isn't the American way, you get treated in direct proportion to the sole vote that you can cast as a American, nothing more, that would be un-American.

This is what I hear from Sen. Obama, there are millions of working class Americans with the experience to operate successful small businesses, which will move the country forward economically, many Americans feel that they are amongst that group, which would like to contribute even more to the people of this great nation, but they are finding it difficult to live the life they was living just 15 years ago.

Small businesses don't dominate the Lobby in Washington, nor McCain's Campaign do they Krauthy.

Competition doesn't only apply to international trade, but our domestic economy as well, and in my opinion the lack of domestic competition will be the primary reason we fall behind expectations in the global economy.


Give it some thought people, I would rather be a liberal for American workers that a conservative for international money changers who could care less about any American workers.

thaat the rich five millionaire in the top .001% of our great nation.

pay you share, or buy a ticket, you can afford it.

Posted by: W. F. Buckley | August 27, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Charles has written another insightful analysis. Middle class Americans have become a whinny bunch and most of them are voting for BHO. It's sooo bad, we need change WAWAWA.

Grow a spine and get up and improve your lot and quit blaming some worthless politician for your problems. When was the last time any politician solved any problem of note. We need to stop relying on this sorry bunch of ego manics, take charge of our own lives and help the others in our lives like our families and neighbors. Politicians may make you feel like your doing something but in reality your just stroking their egos and wiping your hands of the problems you face in your lives. Get over it and get to work helping yourselves and others close to you.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I find it very interesting that the overwhelming majority of comments at this "necon" newspaper are from liberal readers. I will say this for the post... I find the candidates voting history that they provide intersting. Obama's record is deplorable, but what can you expect from someone that has spent the majority of his time in Congress running for President?!? There's an article in the Chicago papers that shows how out of touch he is with his state (ie. the people he is currently supposed to represent but doesn't). When they asked IL's 2 U.S. Senators what they thought about current issues in IL, Sen Durbin gave answers on all topics... Obama was clueless and was quoted as "I'm not up to speed." Pretty much goes along with his answer from Saddleback = "above his pay grade."
Hillary was right.... he's all show, NO GAME.

Posted by: Michael | August 27, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Every time a liberal accuses conservatives of lying, racism, name calling, torture, causing war, supporting the rich (democrats are the party of the rich)...

I propose they be water-boarded, it's simply the moral and right thing to do. It would teach them to stop accusing everybody of doing what it is they are doing in fact.

Criminals like to accuse the victim of being the one who committed the crime. And we all know the Democrat party is the party of victims and criminals.

Posted by: James | August 27, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

How monotonous! History repeat itself...

Not long ago there was an other brilliant young man, a charismatic orator. The people trusted him with the conduct of the country. Just a few years passed and we all now how Italy ended up under that leadership.

We should be proud of having among us this intelligent man. Let us give him a few years of additional training and maturity and we shall have a real superb leader.

Posted by: m. b rossi | August 27, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Seems there's a good number of ranting liberals who just can't stand any criticism of their messiah on this post. It's easy to spot a liberal comment by the gutter talk they use and the complete lack of thoughtful analysis - just name calling. They are better called radicals who seem to enjoy being slobbering worshipping Obamaites - aka zombies.

Posted by: EYES ARE OPEN | August 27, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

"calling Obama a secret Muslim terrorist antichrist Messiah -- is so much saner and more rational." In Obama's case his religion is completely irrelevant.His Christian Church purveys as much hate as any Taliban sponsored Mosque

Posted by: Jillian | August 27, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey, all Krauthammer did was say that, IN HIS OPINION, Obama's use of Greek-styled columns is a bad decision. And what do 90% of the responses here say - they call him names, say the GOP does it too, bring in McCain's background, etc, etc, but no one defends Obama's decision as a good one.

A few posts here basically said "he can do it if he wants to", which everyone would agree to, but that's not an explanation of why Greek columns are a good idea.

All the venting and hot emotion in your responses suggests that you actually see that Krauthammer has a point, but are mad at him for pointing it out.

Posted by: LibertyGuy | August 27, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

"they say that emperors and dictarors are well known for their height...definetely Obama is tall."

Napoleon was rather short. Hitler and Stalin were not tall men. Who is this "they" you speak of?

Posted by: They | August 27, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Obamagasm: The Big O for President.
Feels so good at the moment. Then you realize you've been screwed.

Nader '08

Posted by: Centrist | August 27, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

I really don't understand the issue with partisan columnists. While I understand that the average Post reader only wants leftist opinion, I'd much rather see insight from an honest, openly declared partisan, than a so-called "objective" journalist who merely hides her proclivities.

Frankly, we are better served when we have partisan news outlets that are honest about thier editorial perspectives than we were in the days of the old media where only left leaning voices were heard.

I'd rather have a situation where we have left leaning organizations defending left leaning officials and questioning claims on the right, and the same occuring with right leaning organizations. If you choose, you can sample both and get a full picture if you choose.

Without both perspectives, you end up with a media that doesn't question certain politicians because they are "right on the issues."

Posted by: Lobot | August 27, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

My, how vicious you lefties are! Thought you were supposed to be all about tolerance, and Freedom of Speech. Thanks for giving proof that the WaPo is indeed a liberal paper...just looky at who's reading it!
And will one of you crybabies tell the rest of us what's been so "nightmarish" about the last 8 years. Try to be specific, too. We're bored with your cliches like "illegal war" and "trampled Constitution." Seriously, give me 1 concrete example of how your lives have been damaged by the Bush Administration. Hint: having to take off your Birkenstocks at the airport doesn't satisfy the criteria of "nightmare."

Posted by: Brad Meisenheimer | August 27, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Hey Charles,
why don't you write an article about your guy, John Mcain.
Yes, I understand, there's nothing to write about!

Posted by: MD Man | August 27, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

"People perish for lack of knowledge. Obama's speech comes on the Anniversary of MLK's "I Have A Dream." MLK gave the speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial which is situated between columns. That's the significance of the columns. Let's stop trying to make it more than it is. Besides, where else would they put all the millions of new and young voters who can't get into the convention center?"

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Thanks, Pat

Posted by: Jane Fairfax | August 27, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer is an idiot who does not understand the history of our Democracy. It started in ancient Greece since you don't seem to remember. This is a historic moment for American. A moment where we can make the history that was meant to be made.

Posted by: KQuark | August 27, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Another political personality rode to power on a WAVE OF A PERSONALITY CULT just like Obama is trying to do now. His name was Hitler (another community organizer with a thin resume and no genuine accomplishments). America has never seen a candidate like this since Huey Long. We are in for real trouble if the left-wing brownshirts win this election.

Posted by: rick50 | August 27, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

"Let us give him a few years of additional training and maturity..."

Time has run out. We are out of time. The course we are on leads straightway to the precipice. Unless the country changes course now, it will be much the worse for us, beginning with a complete collapse of confidence in the dollar.

Posted by: fzdybel | August 27, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I wish the pundits and columnists would all get together and fix the world.

Posted by: H. Simon | August 27, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Mark in Peoria,

Either you know that the Strom Thurmond's of the world switched from the democratic party to become dems because of the civil rights legislation or you are ignorant.

I'm guessing that you are not one of the ignorant Republicans but one of the evil or corrupt ones.

But the fact is that Republicans are so crooked that they are running a candidate who married into an organized crime family.

Good luck with that...

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 27, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Obama is just another Chicago con man ...

You liberals will regret your vote on Nov 2nd for the rest of your lives ...

You are being conned by a slicker Al Sharpton ...

too bad you only represent 35% of the elctorate ... you can't really expect adult independent and republican voters to vote for this empty suit ... go ahead and "believe" in hope and change, but don't kid yourselves, the rest of America is starting to see what a complete lying phoney Mr. amd Mrs. Obama are.

Posted by: Jeff | August 27, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Osamabama thinks he is a god.....only a complete fool would try to pull this off....Thank god the Democrats always figure out a way to blow it....Go Obama!!! Thanks for helping McCain win 08! yeah Baby!

Posted by: obamasucks | August 27, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

It is amusing to see the libs get so wound up about a conservative columnist. The left make up 90% of the press hacks in this country. It looks like you could let us have a column every once in a while, without going off the deep end.

Posted by: Jesse | August 27, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama's father was Muslim and therefore, according to Islamic law, so is the candidate.

In spite of the Quranic verses explaining that there is no compulsion in religion, a Muslim child takes the religion of his or her father. … for Muslims around the world, non-American Muslims at any rate, they can only ever see Barack Hussein Obama as a Muslim." In addition, his school record from Indonesia lists him as a Muslim.

This denial of our history sets a very dangerous precedent for our future.

Obama is of the New Age Church of Oprah saying "there are millions of paths to heaven."

Obama has denied his Christian faith. Obama gave a speech saying that "America is not a Christian nation."

Like Nancy Pelosi, Obama believes the Catholic Church's stance on abortion for 2000 years is somehow now controversial, because they want it to be. Pelosi should be excommunicated, and well as Biden.

Posted by: F. Meglin | August 27, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure that 85,000 people cheering wildly will compare well to the quadrennial Hypublicrit hatenanny.

Posted by: Rick | August 27, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Extremely well written piece.

Democrats for John McCain in 2008

Posted by: gary | August 27, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Yikes, some of you lefties are just a little cranky! Hopefully, the Obama administration will provide free enemas for the vanguard of the proletariat...

Posted by: middleman | August 27, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Pompous Hussein Obama and his grand minions inspiring the all vacuous "change and hope" to his brain dead flock, high atop Mt. Olympus. No thanks.
McCain will get my vote.

Posted by: Hillary 2012 | August 27, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

The whole idea of this Greek Temple setting must be to draw attention away from what he says, which is nothing except "hope and change" which is getting pretty darn boring. The setting does highlight the guys amazing ego esp. considering his accomplishments wouldn't qualify him to run a Dairy Queen.

It's quite funny how your column is acting like a liberal beatle trap, if only ... !

Posted by: CK | August 27, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

People perish for lack of knowledge. Obama's speech comes on the Anniversary of MLK's "I Have A Dream." MLK gave the speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial which is situated between columns. That's the significance of the columns. Let's stop trying to make it more than it is. Besides, where else would they put all the millions of new and young voters who can't get into the convention center?

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Thanks, Pat

Posted by: Jane Fairfax | August 27, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Krauthammer. I voted for Obama in the Calif primary, but now I'm having serious reservations. This guy has a Messiah complex - First, a presidential seal, even though he had yet to be even nominated, now a Greek Temple -- as if he were a Greek god -- for his nomination speech. No wonder he can't seem to attract votes from working class Dems. I think I might vote for Ralph Nader.

Posted by: manute | August 27, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

The problem with Obama's young supporters is that they don't understand how annoying they seem to the rest of us.

Every time Obama said, "WE are the ones we've been waiting for," the implied flip-side of that message is, "And the older generation should just be put out to pasture."

Well, Obama has now gotten the youth vote. Good for him. Let's see if he can get the votes of folks at my age. We're not turned on by gigantic extravaganzas with thousands of people. I've never been to a rock concert in my entire life either.

All the pomp and circumstance can't make up for the fact that the Obama campaign is arrogant, impetuous, immature, naive, and frankly, irritating. In short, they need to grow up.

Posted by: SteveL | August 27, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Hey Brad M,If you think "W" is a good leader, you obviously wouldn't know a bad one if you saw it. Fact: your thinking is obviously in the minority in this country. 28% approval rating!

Posted by: MD Man | August 27, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Great column by Krauthammer....Again this shows this elitist phony named Obama thinks he should be coronated, not elected. Obama was expecting a 15% jump between announcing Biden as his VP choice and his convention. Instead, McCain is tied or up in the polls, what a wonderful day!!!! Hopefully in November he will enter through the columns like the Roman Colisium, to be eaten by the Clintonites who truly did get screwed!!!

Posted by: bob dziadik | August 27, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

"I'm guessing that you are not one of the ignorant Republicans but one of the evil or corrupt ones." You are one of the glassy eyed left wing zealots that surfaces every four years and then is sent packing together with your candidate on the first Tuesday in November. No guessing required there

Posted by: Mark in Peoria | August 27, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

This board is hilarious - Obama supporters busting bloomer legs over a ridiculous article such as this - ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? OBAMA SUPPORTERS SOUND MORE DESPERATE AS EACH DAY PASSES. MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE HILLARY SHOWED YOU LAST NIGHT WHO THE REAL CANDIDATE SHOULD BE AND YA JUST CAN'T BRING YOURSELVES TO ADMIT IT. LMAO!!!!

Posted by: Don | August 27, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Obama's problem isn't going to be giving a speech at the stadium with greek pillars, etc. I'm sure his speech will be eloquent and exiciting, yada yada yada. Hillary only scratched the surface when she pointed out he is all talk and very little substance. If she had hit him up with that earlier on instead of "playing nice", he would have been the one talking last night.
Fact is, the Republicans have no reason to hold back & have plenty of ammo - some of which just added by VP nominee Biden (and this time, it wasn't plagiarized).
I have a feeling if Obama tries to hard to get all the pomp & circumstance rolled into his speech, it will come back to haunt him in the same way the Germany speech has -> all rhetoric, that comes crashing down when taken to task.

Posted by: Michael | August 27, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Only in a the most ignorant enclaves of our American democracy could people think that the candidate who is more popular is somehow, therefore, wicked.

Do you people understand the concept of democracy? Popularity is a good thing. It is, collectively, the will of the people.

When there is education reform, and standards are enforced, your kids are going to kick your arses in dinnertime political debates. I know that some of you would probably respond by beating the the shyte out of them, so you need to take a good, hard think about what a future of health care and education and progress is going to do to your miserable worldview...

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 27, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I can agree that celebrity worship of a politician is certainly not professional, or relevant to his abilities to lead. But since when can Mr. Krauthammer equate it with a dictator? What do they say? "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful."

You're more than welcome to not want to vote for Obama based on policy, or even personality. But don't hate the man for being popular, no matter how silly it may be.

As I recall, George Bush landed on a Navy vessel, in a fighter jet in full military gear with a massive banner reading "Mission Accomplished" behind it.

Doesn't that sound a little grandiouse too?

Posted by: Collin | August 27, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Chuckie K is a waste of space, just like the right-wing nutball liars who worship him.

Instead of slandering Obama, why not write something honest and worthy of discussion ?

By the way- if he were a practicing Muslim- does that mean he is not allowed to run for office ??

Posted by: raj | August 27, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse


Emperor Obama? I think you have him confused with George W. Bush.
as far as the post of the person who said he sees nothing "nightmarish" about the last 8 years. You have to be in that top 2% who have done so well over the last 8 years. The other 98%? You could care less about them.

Posted by: stop the personal attacks | August 27, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Jane Fairfax spammed commentary misses the point. Hitler used his personality cult to build enormous levels of support among young people too. Young people are sheep. Stupid, ahistorical and easily led. They follow any Pier Piper who promises green pastures. Obama is, metaphorically-at least- the personification of the demonic. So are all his supporters and enablers. It is time to begin planning the resistance to his intended dictatorship.

Posted by: rick 50 | August 27, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I..just..saw..pictures..of..Obamas's temple..and..I..can't..stop..laughing!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

SteveL: You are right. The posts demonstrate again that Obama's "demographic" is the first generation less educated than its parents

Posted by: Portle | August 27, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

"Not long ago there was an other brilliant young man, a charismatic orator. The people trusted him with the conduct of the country. Just a few years passed and we all now how Italy ended up under that leadership."

More charming and kindhearted conservative discourse -- comparing Obama to Mussolini.

"In Obama's case his religion is completely irrelevant.His Christian Church purveys as much hate as any Taliban sponsored Mosque"

The same church received $1.5 million from Bush's office of Faith-Based Initiatives because it offers housing programs, employment programs, HIV and cancer programs, scholarships, drug abuse programs. A few crazy rants from its pastor over the course of a few decades doesn't mean it's all bad, nor does it mean that Obama shares those views.

After all, Bush's spiritual adviser (and the person who presided over the marriage of Jenna) has endorsed Obama. Doesn't mean Bush agrees.

Posted by: elchip | August 27, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Mr. Krauthammer for the editorial. Spot on.

Look for 'hubris' in the dictionary and you will find a picture of Obama.

It may not be too familiar a phrase for many posters here, but remember:

"Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall."


Posted by: Claude Pepper | August 27, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm an Obama supporter but this is pure hubris and very dangerous. The defeat- from -the -jaws -of -victory fate of the UK Labour Party in the 1992 election was traced back by almost all commentators to Neil Kinnock's infamous "We're aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalright now" speech at his party's pre-election convention. Poncing around in front of a Greek Temple is not a wise move for a candidate who needs to do all he can to portray himself as being on the same wavelength as the common man.

Posted by: Mark B. | August 27, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer is a god.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 27, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer is the best columnist/commentator in the business today. He always as an interesting perspective; it's a tribute when so many people pick up on his analysis of a situation and run with it. He's spot-on again with this coronation riff.

Posted by: David | August 27, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

TOP 10 WAYS TO TELL YOUR ELITIST NOMINEE HAS NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY DISORDER

Repaints campaign airplane with "Air France One"

Affixes his presidential-seal-looking campaign seal to gate outside mansion his indicted corruption buddy helped him buy

Though his debate score was 0-in-22, claims he lost ABC news debate because Stephanopolous set him up

Though his debate score was 0-in-23, claims he lost at Saddleback because McCain cheated -- on questions about what the candidates beliefs were

Entire summer spent strategizing and positioning -- about whether to allow convention delegates to actually cast votes

Some convention concessions labelled "Typical White Food" sell beer and hot dogs instead of wine and crudites

The actual convention theme is "Yet more focus on Michelle and Barack Obama that a $300 million campaign and wall-to-wall media coverage haven't brought you thus far"

Bans Bruce Springsteen from coronation for refusal to declare he's no longer "The Boss" with Obama in the world

Nomination night "fist bump" knocks the other "historic candidate" off the stage

Nominee is crowned with laurel on a Parthenon stage in mile high sports coliseum from which he can gaze down on the mortals

Immediately after nomination starts work on his "historical fiction" presidential memoir with "composite characters"

-- AsperGirl

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 27, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

An attempt at a personality cult is manifest. More at my Blog http://kishorejets.typepad.com/us_election_2008_controve/

Posted by: Kishore Jethanandani | August 27, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Has He Lost His Mind?
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When you find yours Krauthammer, let us know.

Posted by: mindful | August 27, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

The Mission Accomplished banner was hung by the aircraft carrier's personnel on the event of their return from duty... as *their* mission, i.e. their deployment, was over and accomplished. It was NOT hung by Bush or his people. Mistakes like this (thinking Bush hung the banner to indicate he thought the fighting was over) is what happens when you live and breathe the liberals' talking points instead of using the brains you were theoretically born with to find things out on your own.

Posted by: MystWlker | August 27, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Hey, MD Man.
Still waiting for an example from your "nightmare."
Tough, isn't it!?!?
Oh, and thanks for the quote,"W is a good leader."
I didn't say it, but it's funny that you did.

Posted by: Brad Meisenheimer | August 27, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Barrack Obama, a man always on the leading edge of narcissism, was about to give his body and soul to the American masses to become the president he loved.

Posted by: Jim | August 27, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Mark in Peoria,

Your boy is going down. Believe what you want- but here's a good conservative piece to give you a little perspective on this thing.

http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/cr_20080628_6561.php

The current polls are based on old turnout models. The 18-29 vote is going to be 25% of the electorate this year, vs 17% in 2k4. Black voters will be coming out 20-30% more. Obama has the largest field organization in modern political history, and he'll have a likely 3-1 spending advantage after the conventions. And Americans want change.

I understand that one of you nutjobs is more than likely going to get Obama, but I also understand that he is going to win.

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 27, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

"People perish for lack of knowledge. Obama's speech comes on the Anniversary of MLK's "I Have A Dream." MLK gave the speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial which is situated between columns. That's the significance of the columns. Let's stop trying to make it more than it is. Besides, where else would they put all the millions of new and young voters who can't get into the convention center?"

**************

Thanks, Pat

Posted by: Jane Fairfax | August 27, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I'd love to see one rule set down and followed by both teams. No more involking Nazis, Dictatorships, Benito, Adolph, Joseph, or any of the other popular HUGE overstatements both sides like to partake in. I find it offensive but not because John or Barack can't take that sort of blow, but because it undermines what those awful regimes did in Europe so many years ago. Americans have never lived under a militaristic dictator, and never experienced the scale of what those leaders did to their countries. It is an insult to those who suffered in camps, fought for the resistance, and more importantly stormed the beaches to as FDR so elegantly stated "set free a suffering humanity." So please, I'm not asking as a righty or a lefty, stop using these examples to note differences in Healthcare plans. It's apples to elephants.

Posted by: Winona Guy | August 27, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

It can hardly be a coincidence that Obama chose the former seat of Hitler's reign to make his big international splash. Obama and his followers are dangerous and insane.

Posted by: rick 50 | August 27, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

What strikes me is that no one in the American press has yet come up with a useful explanation for the Berlin turnout on the occassion of Obama's speech. What exactly does it mean? I do not expect much intellectual curiosity in that matter from Charles Krauthammer, but still: Give it a thought, for five minutes.

Posted by: Berliner2 | August 27, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone have anything positive to say about John McCain?

Posted by: Marty | August 27, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

With a name like Krauthammer, I'd expect this guy to be out there crushing Nazis.

Instead, we get this tripe. Sir, you have taken your God-given gift and you have squandered it.

For shame.

Posted by: Lebbers | August 27, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

"Obama was expecting a 15% jump between announcing Biden as his VP choice and his convention."

Actually, McCain said that Obama should expect a 15% convention bounce. You know why he said that? Because that's the bounce Clinton got in '92 -- coincidentally, the bounce was half because Perot temporarily left the race at the same time as the convention. That way, no matter whether Obama gets a bounce or not, McCain can downplay it.

"Barack Obama's father was Muslim and therefore, according to Islamic law, so is the candidate."

Last I checked, our country doesn't follow Islamic law.

"Obama has denied his Christian faith. Obama gave a speech saying that "America is not a Christian nation.""

He said it's not JUST a Christian nation. Last I checked, there are quite a few people of other religions around here, too.

"nother political personality rode to power on a WAVE OF A PERSONALITY CULT just like Obama is trying to do now. His name was Hitler"

More love and level-headedness from the conservatives, huh.

Posted by: elchip | August 27, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Another flagrantly racist post by the GOP who hates blacks and uses every attempt possible to criticize Obama and try to make him look bad.

How dare they mock him for building a temple to himself.

Posted by: Noodle | August 27, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Let's meet B. Hussein Obama's mentors:

1. Frank Marshall Davis, Communist Party Leader in Hawaii;
2. Rashid Khalidi, radical professor of Arab studies at Columbia University;
3. Jeremiah Wright, radical Black Liberation Theologist; and
4. Bill Ayers, terrorist who bombed the Capitol, Pentagon and NYC police station.

What kind of "changes" does Obama have in mind for America?

Posted by: NObama | August 27, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

As a Obama supporter I am flabbergasted and almost without words. WTF kind of message is this supposed to send to America about change? This is just more fodder for the Republican spin machine and Obama you can kiss the White House goodbye with all that b.s. We aren't in Rome and you see what befell Rome because of their aloofness, isolationist, and their arrogance. Unfortunately, the same fate will befall you. Damn! Four more years of Republican terror all because one idiot couldn't leave his ego at home. I won't bother voting because neither candidate is qualified to lead this country

Posted by: 2pacolypse Now | August 27, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Barry Hussein Osamba needs to give his speech in German - the brown shirt kool aid drinkers will probably give him "Heil Obama's" during his speech since the stadium reminds me of Germany in the 1930's. German's after WWII said they did know - The koolaid drinkers will say after the damage to America has occurred they did not know

Posted by: Houston | August 27, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

You people are crazy. This guy is 100% correct. The average american does not like this sort of grand standing. Maybe if he was already elected or actually accomplished something in his life. The republicans are going to tear him apart once this happens and it will hurt him just like the speech in Berlin did.
Obama's followers dont like this sort of analysis because it proves Obama's courting is so off base for the majority of America

Posted by: Realistic | August 27, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Hey,Stepford Obamites, thecandypoem post above got it exactly right. The faux classical backdrop was the favorite decoration of the Third Reich and its Fuehrer; see the brilliant documentary propaganda film by Leni Riefenstahl, Triumph of the Will, to get the full flavor of what is called blind, mindless "leader worship." That was part of Krauthammer's point, which, of course, cut too deeply for Stepford Obamites to reply to, except with a growl.

Posted by: rgrousell | August 27, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I find all the critiques of Obama as a celebrity rather amusing, considering that the Republicans have deified Ronald Reagan. They claim that Obama is nothing but a good speaker clothed by an empty suit when the patron saint of conservatism was nothing more than a smile, a good speaker and an empty suit. Reagan was swept to power thanks to a cult of personality, and Obama will likely ride a similar wave--the only difference is the latter might accomplish some good things.

Posted by: steveo | August 27, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

For a guy that you all hate, you sure read his stuff and comment on his site alot.

You all must have a secret crush on Krauthammer

admit it.

:-)

Posted by: Another STUPID liberal | August 27, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Hey Winona - I am reading a history of Churchill vs. Ghandi. Both, it seems, thought Mussolini was a good guy. You see-the purpose of historical awareness to identify present signals that portend future doom. Obama is giving off every indication that his Messiah complex is entirely out of hand. Indeed, it seem integral to keeping his Kool-Aid drinking fanatics revved-up and mesmerized. I used to fear Hillary-now I'd take her any day. obama is the real deal-a dangerous demagogue Napoleon wanna-be.

Posted by: rick 50 | August 27, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Okay, okay, give him a break. He can do the temple schtick. But if he wears a laurel wreath, or parades captives or sacrifices a goat, my suspicions will be confirmed.

Hail Obamanus Husseinius Self-Importantus

Posted by: Arkarter | August 27, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse


A Greek temple is perfect setting for this clown.

Elite. Foreign. Grandiose.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

That's not a greek temple. If you look closely it is to resemble the white house and the blue carpet and the round area the Oval Office. He is going to try and make himself look presidential by having a white house backdrop and an oval office/well of the US House look to his speaking area.

From above it looks like the well of the House during the state of the union. From the ground it looks like he will be speaking outside the west wing in the White House.

This is one of the biggest mistakes in political history waiting to happen. He thinks it will make him presidential. Instead I think the vast majority of Americans watching at home will see a blindly arrogant, desperate man stretching wildly to close that gap that most of America believes he is not ready to be President.

He is going to try to do with a backdrop what Hillary could have done for him in one speech. Make him appear ready to be President by putting it in people's minds he is at the White House already.

this is going to be hilarious to watch. if the people fall for this then we are a nation of idiocracy plain and simple. I have faith the people will see it as desperation and arrogance combined to form the Hurricane of Defeat

Posted by: shane | August 27, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

"The Mission Accomplished banner was hung by the aircraft carrier's personnel on the event of their return from duty... as *their* mission, i.e. their deployment, was over and accomplished. It was NOT hung by Bush or his people. Mistakes like this (thinking Bush hung the banner to indicate he thought the fighting was over) is what happens when you live and breathe the liberals' talking points instead of using the brains you were theoretically born with to find things out on your own."

Actually, the White House admitted that they created and put up the banner.

http://www.time.com/time/columnist/printout/0,8816,536170,00.html

Mistakes like this is what happens when you live and breathe the conservatives' talking points instead of using the brains you were theoretically born with to find things out on your own.

Posted by: elchip | August 27, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Maybe this is the only stage available at this venue, I doubt Obama had it built to his design. Krauthammer, you are such a snark, I hope you have to write about President Obama.

Posted by: cnick | August 27, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Wow! I usually love Krauthammer's columns. They are usually just so correct. This one is brainless. So what if he sets up a greek temple?

Posted by: Kevin M | August 27, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

It's good to see all of these folks slamming Krauthammer. The fact they can't see that he is correct is exactly why Obama will lose. One poster noted the Wellstone Memorial fiasco - the Dems couldn't see the folly of that either.

Posted by: Harvey | August 27, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Poor Republicans. The only thing left is the Big Lie technique. Keep saying Obama is this or that, a muslim, a black nationalist, a narcissist, whatever. Maybe something will stick.

If it comes down to that, my impression is that John McCain is much more full of himself than is Obama. I get that idea because of his temper and the way he lashes out at others. And I don't even have to see how the stage he's going to speak on is dressed.

Posted by: fzdybel | August 27, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the liberal kool aid drinkers are really on this one!!! There is not ONE chance that Americans will elect this narcisistic man. A socialist. His ego ranks above Bill Clinton. The Messiah will crash to the ground even as McCain increases his lead DURING the convention. Speaking of wingnuts...where does the Democrat party get these members. They look like a group waiting to appear onstage at The Jerry Springer Show

Posted by: Mark | August 27, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Love Krauthammer. But if barry rises up out of the stage, it will be the height of idiocy! Stick a fork in him. Hes done.

Posted by: wellswells | August 27, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

There is a pathetic group of people on this site that jump on Krauthammer every time he writes something.

They shout "neocon" and other absurdities they never care to define, and hurl unsubstantiated attacks at a man who is simply expressing a critical point of view.

I suppose this is the change we've all been waiting for. The brownshirts have arrived in the form of Obama supporters.

Maybe that explains the rally Obama is staging in front of Greek columns... it seems evocative of Germany in the 1930's and it isn't wrong to call it out. That kind of authoritarian self-glorification simply isn't the American way.

Posted by: Peter | August 27, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

MystWlker-While I certainly appreciate your enthusiastic ability to tell me very carefully where I live and question my "brain you were theoretically born with," I think your misunderstanding me.

I'm not saying Obama is not full of himself.

I'm not saying that worshipping him like a god is a good thing.

I AM saying that any person who implies that Obama is an egomaniac and, in fact, the only one, is simply being silly.

And hey, let's say your right and Bush's people had NOTHING to do with that stupid banner.

Let's not forget the whole "President landing on an Aircraft carrier to adoring military personnel and trying to deliver a rousing speech," thing.

Face it, all politicians like to make a big show of themselves, it's part of the game. Bigger than life, without flaw or imperfection. Let's not delude ourselves in thinking Obama is the only one here people.

Posted by: Collin | August 27, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Is Charles Krauthammer a real person?

Or a wax model?

Posted by: Chris W | August 27, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Stevo, you obviously have your dumbocrap blinders on again. If you'd like to pretend Reagan wasn't the best President in decades, be my guest. Perhaps you'd like Jimmy Carter all over again?

Posted by: RayRAy | August 27, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I find the Republican critique of Obama kinda creepy.......

The Republlicans still have a resilient man-crush on Reagan.

and doesn't Chuck Krauty look like a Simpson's character?

Posted by: Mike | August 27, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Furthermore, and I'll play this out for those of you who don't have a sense for the big picture here, if someone 'gets' Obama and the post-mortem reveals that the nutjob was motivated by the Republican negative campaigning that demonized Obama, then you can be sure that not only is McCain's reputation going to hell but that the rules of these campaigns will be changed and you Republicans will then have to learn to campaign without your biggest weapons: fear and campaign hate-speech. What does it gain a party to make an unwinnable election close, if it loses its soul and its tactics?

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 27, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

This is almost as bad as the "Mission Accomplished" banner.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

The Opinion section is named thusly for a reason. Wake up, you fools. Krauthammer is far more intelligent than anyone who's posted a reaction. If you don't see the bizarre messianic way Obama has been welcomed by the press, and for having done nothing to speak of, you're either delusional or from LA or Ny and have yet to step outside your little bubble.

Posted by: Gabriel | August 27, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

If Krauthammer did a search on Google he would quickly find out that Republicans featured Greek columns on their stage at 2008 Virginia Republican convention. Our national debate is reaching new depths of stupidity thanks to Republican who don't have any record to run on. Why are we asking about how many jobs were created during Bush's tenure. Home ownership? National debt? Economy? List of failures by this Administration is too large to detail here.

Posted by: Scott F. | August 27, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

If Kurt Overmeyer thinks Krauthammer - who by the way is considered one of the most respected real journalists anywhere, is a waste, I wonder what he thinks about Keith Overblown on MSNBC. Talk about a waste of life! Enjoy the only time in history where a candidate doesn't get a convention bounce. As his hammer and sickle agenda becomes more and more clear to the average American, watch the Obama worshippers start to scamper. The only question that remains - will MCcain have coat tails to thwart a few senate and house pickups. this is what you get when you nominate someone out of emotion and hysteria.... my God the guys is not only naieve but arrogant as well. You don't think people see that! You don't think people don't see the priveleged Nancy Pelosi acting condescendingly toward those who want to drill? Then she pretends she is a scholar on Catholic cannon. Absolute arrogance and power mongering.

Posted by: Tom O | August 27, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer is one sick puppy! The purpose of the outdoor acceptance speech is to make it available to ordinary people unlike the elitist Republicans who only talk to people that agree with them. To try to make it into something more is just plain wrong. The mechanics of how the stage works is really irrelvant. What we should be concerned about is what policies Obama will present. But, the neocons don't want to talk about that because all of their policies have failed. People like Krauthammer are responsible for the divisive politics which stop our government from functioning at all. Of course, that is what the neocons want because that way they can do whatever they want without worrying about the government enforcing the many rules that protect us from violation of our constitution and civil rights.

Posted by: cdgainesville | August 27, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Hey steveo: Reagan was loved, not worshipped.
More importantly, Reagan was humble in the presence of his God. He recognized limits in what he could do. Accordingly, he accomplished more of lasting value than any President of the last 60 years.
Finally, Reagan had actually done something before running for President. He articulated a well thought-out political philosophy contrary to Obama's deliberately vague-all things to all people meanderings.
Obama is not fit to stand in Reagan's shadow.

Posted by: rick 50 | August 27, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Obama's bid for the Presidency appears well on it's way to becoming a Greek tragedy.

Posted by: VM | August 27, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

"That kind of authoritarian self-glorification simply isn't the American way."

You're right, self glorification isn't the American way at all.

Pass the Freedom Fries, please.

Posted by: Collin | August 27, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

"Barry Hussein Osamba needs to give his speech in German - the brown shirt kool aid drinkers will probably give him "Heil Obama's" during his speech since the stadium reminds me of Germany in the 1930's."

More sane, level-headed commentary from the right.

"

Let's meet B. Hussein Obama's mentors:

1. Frank Marshall Davis, Communist Party Leader in Hawaii;
2. Rashid Khalidi, radical professor of Arab studies at Columbia University;
3. Jeremiah Wright, radical Black Liberation Theologist; and
4. Bill Ayers, terrorist who bombed the Capitol, Pentagon and NYC police station.

What kind of "changes" does Obama have in mind for America?"

1. If you read Obama's first book, you'd notice that he goes on to repudiate Davis as a black power goofball stuck in the past.
2. He's a professor; the radical bit is a claim that he worked for the PLO, something he denies and has never been proven to have done.
3. I remarked on Wright above.
4. They live near each other. They happened to be on an anti-poverty board together. Obama was invited to his house by the person who preceded him in office as a fundraiser.

Posted by: elchip | August 27, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

The Obamanation will enter his unholy temple
...and the mindless drones will bow down and worship at the alter of willful ignorance

Krauthammer is right

This "leader worship" that you dupes have embraced is both silly and disturbing.

I guess that's what happens when you reject God as America's only Sovereign, and embrace a false prophet in an empty suit instead.

Pathetic and blind liberals, when will you finally see the path of destruction upon which you tread? Only after it's too late?

---

Remember, If God is America's ONLY Sovereign, then NOBODY can take your freedoms away.

...But If Man becomes America's Sovereign, then MAN will most certainly take your freedoms away.

Posted by: +++ | August 27, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Well done. The picture says it all. Touched them on the raw.

Posted by: William | August 27, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

It's funny how so many people are angry that the wash. post has editorialists who are conservative. After domaninating editorial sections in so many papers, liberals are not used to seeing the other side expressed in a major newspaper. Bill Kristol gets the same reaction from New York Times readers. Now you liberals know how we feel to have to bite our tongue every time we read the liberal editorials and Bush bashing that we have to read on a daily basis.

Posted by: jbs | August 27, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Saint Reagan was a movie star before he got into politics.

Hmmm, that makes Saint Reagan a celebrity.

Doesn't the GOP hate celebrities?

Posted by: The Truth | August 27, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Arkarter, good stuff. you made me laugh out loud in a quiet office. kudos

Posted by: RayRay | August 27, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

All this left wing hate will be even funnier when McCain wins or more correctly NObama loses. We will hear the whining about "not 4 more years" and his disciples will wonder, "how could this have happened?". Should have elected Hilliary and you would have had a good shot. Style over substance. Never to soon to start Hilliary for POTUS 2012!!

Posted by: NObama08 | August 27, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Mr Krauthammer,

The bitter hatred spewed at you by Obama's supporters only reinforces my belief that Obama is not who he pretends to be. Anyone who inspires this much childish hatred and lunacy in his supporters cannot call themselves a uniter.

Thank you for making the obamanauts blood boil. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: gui | August 27, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Tomorrow Belongs to Me

I truly believe this stadium event in Denver will backfire. Millions of Americans will be watching and if there is the sort of screaming adulation that is expected many of them will wonder, "Why don't I get it?" and be turned off.

I have followed this campaign closely and Obama’s stump speech has not changed much since January. His rhetoric is the same and is full of empty promise that sounds and perhaps even feels good to some (Chris Matthews?). He got away with it before Reverend Wright appeared on the scene and he began to get defined by external sources. I suspect that by November his soaring speeches will sound tinny and even whiny.

He was haranguing us in Saint Paul the night he clinched, and the scene made me think of Leni Riefenstahl and "Triumph of the Will". Liberals (who the media are now calling “progressives” (isn’t it funny how the MSN gets these talking points down so quick?)) are the new Fascists and Obama appears to be their leader.

Another image comes to mind: from the movie Cabaret. There all the gullible Germans join in singing a rousing chorus of "Tomorrow Belongs to Me!". Another hopeful tune about "change" that accompanied Hitler's ascendancy and butchery. At the very end of the scene one old man turns away in disgust.

Now, perhaps, we must turn to another old man to save us from a charming demagogue.

Posted by: Pete Kent | August 27, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Great insights Mr. Krauthammer. I see you got all the left-wingnuts in a tither.

Posted by: Stephen | August 27, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

"It's good to see all of these folks slamming Krauthammer. The fact they can't see that he is correct is exactly why Obama will lose."

Krauthammer is correct ... it's just kind of silly and goes to show that Republicans of late haven't resorted to much substance (i.e., this article) or when they have, it's almost entirely distorted.

Posted by: elchip | August 27, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Since he admires the Chinese and their theater of the Olympic opening, I wonder if he'll fly around giving his speech. He'll be able to swoop over to the ulta rich in the sky boxes who paid millions for the pleasure and give them a wink. The biggest plus would be, he can use a pre-recorded speech!!!! Just like the Chinese!!! Amazing what you can do in a dictatorship but we have Hollywood here!!! Can't wait for the fireworks after he descends and floats back into his secular temple!!!! We can all pray together.... And watch out for those fainting women in the upper deck!!!......

Posted by: California | August 27, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Obama voted against the surge. Then after the surge was successful, he said he would still vote against it. His judgement stinks and he cannot admit to his errors. He's far too arrogant to be a leader now or ever.

Obama supports partial-birth abortion and voted against the “Born Alive Infant Protection Act.” Now he says he wants limited abortions. Unbelievable!

Posted by: Bow to Obama? NO! | August 27, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Obama has a problem and that is a campaign that is short on substance, and he thinks that hard-knuckled Americans are going to be suckered with bread and circuses. Moving the venue from the Pepsi Center to Invesco field is an error, and making things appear even more grandious is in keeping with Obama's ego, but far out of step with an electorare that can easily see through the phoney facades in Beijing just as easily as it can see through Obama's phoniness and rhetoric. Obama is a just a typical politician, and rather than appealing for votes, he is appealing for a coronation--as Emprorer. The American people wil get exactly the kind of government they deserve--exactly what they allow themselves to be suckered into: Marxist wealth redistribution through the tax code and spending programs under an Obama regime. Krauthammer has a point, and it should not be lost upon a wary public.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

reagan was a terrible president who happened to preside over a stronger economic period for the country than bush has. Bush has implemented all of reagan's policies to the letter and, what do you know, they've failed on a massive scale. But you want to go further into it, sure. Reagan built the mujaheddin in Afghanistan, then let the country rot on the vine after the Soviets left, which of course set the stage for the taliban. He gave saddam hussein weapons and supplies, including the ingredients for WMD, which was the ostensible "purpose" for going to Iraq under Bush. he backed countless counterinsurgency efforts in central and south america leading to the deaths of 10s of thousands of innocent people, all because those people had elected leftist governments POPULARLY. he cut taxes and raised spending, sending our national debt from 1 trillion in 1980 to 3.5 trillion in 1988. shall i go on? reagan was a FAILURE.

Posted by: stevo | August 27, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

BOOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!

New State polling!!!!!!!

http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1836770,00.html

MCmac is going down!!!

Posted by: Mike | August 27, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Furthermore, and I'll play this out for those of you who don't have a sense for the big picture here, if someone 'gets' Obama and the post-mortem reveals that the nutjob was motivated by the Republican negative campaigning that demonized Obama, then you can be sure that not only is McCain's reputation going to hell but that the rules of these campaigns will be changed and you Republicans will then have to learn to campaign without your biggest weapons: fear and campaign hate-speech. What does it gain a party to make an unwinnable election close, if it loses its soul and its tactics?

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 27, 2008 5:06 PM

Deep Blue, Please note that the neocons lost their soul back in 2000 when Bush demonized McCain and again in 2004 when the Swift Boat nazis demonized Kerry. What they have not yet figured out is that when they create hatred, rather than engage in honest debate, they create their own problems. Bush is the most unpopular president in modern history. It is not just a matter of people not liking his policies but the fact that he is such a dispicable human being created by Karl Rove and Dick Cheney. I have to believe this country is better than people like Rove, Cheney, Bush, McCain and Krauthammer.

Posted by: cdgainesville | August 27, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I just cannot wait until the morning of November 5th. The day after election day.

All of the GOP, rethugnicon, neocon idiots will be apoplectic at their loss of the White House AND both houses of Congress (one or more, will be beyond 60% Democratic). They will all be boo-hooing, blowing their noses in their neocon-cheerleader rag, the WaPo.

Posted by: McCain equals Bush | August 27, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Why is he using a Football Stadium?
Why isnt he coming to the Convention Center like a normal person?

Posted by: Bewildered | August 27, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Woe unto those who critize The One! Keep up the good work Mr. Krauthammer. At least someone out there sees through the thin resume of this guy. As far as balanced reporting - if the Obamabots don't think their candidate has been pampered and praised without end by the media then they need to take a step back and have another look. All I ever here is criticism of anyone that says anything about their candidate. I don't hear rebuttals of what is said, just personal attacks and calling the person a racist or an idiot - that makes me wonder. Oh and as for the whole Bush-McCain thing? I'll take that duo over the liberal Obama-Biden ticket any day of the week!

Posted by: fljoe | August 27, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

The day after the election:

All the neocons at the AEI and at AIPAC and Heritage to boot -
Will all come out running - or they’ll slide down someone’s poop ‘chute’

They will join hands together and together they’ll sing
About how they lost - and the mud that they’ll sling

They’ll dole out the blame - to Davis and Magoo
They’ll hurl their hatred at the electorate too -

Elections aren’t about democracy they will say -
Elections are about neocons - getting their way!

Posted by: McCain equals Bush | August 27, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Obama is losing it: arrogance, arrogance and narcisism... Too bad to be true. Feel so disapointed.

Posted by: saraalfama | August 27, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

>>
Why is Krauthammer even published in this paper at all? He is blindly partisan and not interested in facts or analysis.
>>

What part didn't you get? The idea that it seems a bit odd for a politician to be nominated at midfield in a football stadium isn't that hard to understand. Although if it were me, I'd be quicker to give him a hard time about turning two days of the convention over to the Clintons.

Posted by: Charles | August 27, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

"All of the GOP, rethugnicon, neocon idiots will be apoplectic at their loss of the White House AND both houses of Congress"

Predictions at this point are dangerous. There are going to be a lot of people with a lot of eggs on their faces.

Posted by: elchip | August 27, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

"...But If Man becomes America's Sovereign, then MAN will most certainly take your freedoms away."

Are you saying we should abolish the Presidency? It is the Republicans who have made the president a sovereign. Now we have to decide who is the best sovereign. I'm sorry we're in this position, but folks who don't care whether their national constitution is honored sort of have to take what comes along.

McCain would make a rotten emperor. Too old and crotchety.

Posted by: fzdybel | August 27, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I agree with those who have said if Obama were a white man, he would not be criticized for being too popular and too confident. As Jon Stewart put it anyone who wants to be POTUS is "arrogant." That comes with the territory. Apparently, it is only a problem if you are black. Krauthammer and others like him are simply bitter, fearful closet racists. If you want to criticize Obama on the issues fine, if you disagree with his politics, make your point. Criticizing his confidence smacks of racism.

Posted by: Tired of the double standard | August 27, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

For those critical of Krauthammer's work, would you agree that should the Democrat Party lose this election, Krauthammer was more right than you are?

Posted by: Paul | August 27, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a egotistical moron who can't refute all the trash that is in his past. You Obamatons need to come out of your haze and wake up. He is a coward who can't face hard questioning. And if you really think he can deliver all he promises without bankrupting the working class with higher taxes you are just stupid. But then again most of you probably live of the government teat anyway..

Posted by: Harley2002 | August 27, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I can see Obama is working hard to dispel the image of a Messiah and of a Second Coming. Will he have trumpets? Comedians will have a field day with this. Obama is slowly going from post-partisan sure thing to a laughingstock and a loser. When your opponent runs some very effective ads portraying you as out of touch and you lose your lead in the polls, you go out and build a Greek temple facade to speak from???

Posted by: george | August 27, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

"Why is he using a Football Stadium?
Why isnt he coming to the Convention Center like a normal person?"

Kennedy did the same thing in '60. I guess that's why.

But it's going to backfire on Obama, unfortunately. More "celebrity" trash from McCain will ensue.

Posted by: elchip | August 27, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

you know what, if the events of the past 8 years can't convince the repug they are wrong, what will?

Posted by: self awareness | August 27, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama's claim that the past eight years have been an economic disaster, but he hasn't lived long enough to know a real economic disaster when he sees one. His massive tax hikes might just do it!

We had a good economy until the Democrats took over Congress in January 2007. From then on the economy went in the tank because Democrats wanted to cause a recession before the November 2008 election.

If you are hurting economically now, you can thank Democrats like Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Chris Dodd. They can't wait for the depression if Obama gets in. Their answer is to throw more money at it, whether we have it or not, and expand government control for the new world order socialist state.

Posted by: Ecobama | August 27, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Why don't you right wing whack jobs join the military and get your sorry butts to Iraq? Put your skin into the game LOSERS!

Posted by: Military Man | August 27, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Reagan was a plague on our history. Not only did he reverse Carter's energy independence initiatives, which would be fully developed by now, but he also illegally circumvented congress and sold arms to the theocrats in Iran, who had sworn to kill us, and then gave that money to crack cocaine manufacturers and dealers who then flooded our streets with drugs. Not only should Reagan have been impeached, he should have been strung, drawn and quartered as a traitor.

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 27, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Why do neocons care where Obama gives his speech? It seems they may be jealous that McSame is unable to give an effective speech like his role model Bush.

Posted by: cdgainesville | August 27, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

"Reagan was a failure"

When I was a kid we had to do nuclear war drills in school. The Russians were expanding their reach all across the globe and 1/3 of the world's population lacked the most elementary liberty. Even though Russia is becomming authoritarian again, the average Russian is infinitely freer than under Communism. And what of the people of Eastern Europe. Lefties like you didn't care about the Gulag. They didn't care about shuttered, confiscated churches. Lefties liberate NO ONE. Reagan a failure? Tell that to the people of Poland, dunce.

Posted by: steveo | August 27, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer is the EPITOME of snobbish and foppish elitism.

He reminds me of one of those French kings wearing a purple and gold tutu - maybe Louis XIVth - holding his nose in the air as if perpetually avoiding the "bad smell" of the people...then using his pinky-fingernail to daintily lift a pinch of snuff to his nose for a sniff.

Krauthammer...what an arrogant blowhard. Not to be taken seriously in the 21st century.

Posted by: wilder5121 | August 27, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

"Obama's claim that the past eight years have been an economic disaster, but he hasn't lived long enough to know a real economic disaster when he sees one. His massive tax hikes might just do it!"

You realize that in the past, taxes have been MUCH, MUCH, MUCH higher than what Obama wants to revert them to, and the economy was just fine?

Posted by: elchip | August 27, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Stevo, you obviously have history 101 on your class schedule this fall. Would you like to reminisce about Jimmy Carter? Reagan had to work his ass off to undo the disasterous state of affairs good Ole peanut man left behind. oh wait. maybe you'd like to return to double digit inflation, interest rates, unemployment.. and wear another sweater in the winter. Wise up you dope

Posted by: RayRay | August 27, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

KrautSlimer will be having a conniption fit on November 5th.

And I will be laughing - ah the joy. The joy.

Posted by: McCain equals Bush | August 27, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

This obsession with Obama and all things greek is obviously homoerotic in its nature. Come out of the closet Mr. neo-con!

Posted by: Military Man | August 27, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Liberal = Whiner

God forbid if someone pokes fun at The Great and Mighty One.

Posted by: systrac | August 27, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Ground Control to Krauthammer - you must be right over the target because you are sure picking up a lot of flak.
I think they do protest a bit too much. Can't tell if they are hyper-sensitive or just a tiny bit nervous. BTW Pay no attention to the Obama - Ayers story coming to light this week. Just jump in the air, click you heels three times and shout - Yes We Can!

Posted by: HoldOnSweetie | August 27, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

BOOM - right back at you. State polls - I laugh at TIME/CNN polls - they are NEVER even remotely close. Go with Gallup or Rasmussen - they have been dead on for the past 3 presidential elections. BTW in thos epolls - McCain is leading by 6 in Nevada, by 2 in New Mexico and 7 in Colorado. It's over !!!! P.S. Majority of registered republicans are on do not call lists .... something to consider when you hear all the NOBAMA folks talking about how their supported all have cel phones and can't be polled.

Posted by: TomO | August 27, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

ray ray--i never said jimmy carter was a good president, i just said reagan was a bad one. but if you want to play that game, how is carter responsible for all the economic problems and nixon blameless, yet when reagan comes on the scene, he's "cleaning up carter's mess".

Posted by: steveo | August 27, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

The Emperor's New Clothes

Obama is going to do another Janet Jackson -

A small child cries out, "But he has nothing on!"

Like Napoleon - he is going to crown himself on the 50 yard line. Hail Emperor Obama!

Posted by: alance | August 27, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

The columns also bring to mind the old antebellum mansions of the cotton aristocracy. The Messiah usurps the Massa's big house! I'm only pointing this out because I've embraced full bore racism since our black (faux) intelligencia expressed their love for the (false) Rev. Wright. Fake columns fit the bill for the One whom God has blessed us with.

Posted by: Gary Ogletree | August 27, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Dems don't wanna drill for our own oil because they want YOU to pay through the nose for the "priviledge" to drive your own car while they enrich their Arab buddies who give 'em all kickbacks.

Liberals like Pelosi and Obama are a total disgrace to this nation! This stage shows their elitist attitude against the people. Anyone who likes it is not a real American!

Posted by: Elites suck | August 27, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Hey Barry, all I ask for is MORE!! A bigger temple. Tell Nancy to tell the Bishops to stick it, she knows it's OK to kill the unborn and that GOD himself sent us Barry. Remember with Barry the oceans will not rise, the world will be saved, the poor will be fed. More Barry, More!!!

Because eventually, America will finally shake its head and flush him down the crap hole of history where he belongs.

Posted by: W. Keller | August 27, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Deep Blue- How many people did Carter, or your god, Obama liberate? What nations moved from political slavery to economic and personal freedom under their watch? The answer of course is NONE. But thanks for confirming what Obama doesn't dare admit: He intends to bring back the Carter years in all their tawdry glory.
Anybody alive and adult during the Carter regime will remember all of his achievements. The Hostage Crisis; the failed resue attempt because he gutted our military; double digit inflation; double digit interest rates; double digit unemployment; America derided as pitiful helpless giant; Russia and Cuba running riot in Asia, the Carribean and Africa. Oh yes, I am so eager to go back to THOSE good old days!

Posted by: rick 50 | August 27, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Please people.. can't we all get along.
vote for me, and I will make it as painless as I can. Just bend over November 5th and take it.. take it like I know you want to.
Krauty, let me be

Posted by: didn't mommy do great sweetie | August 27, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer, you really look like an idiot now. Turns out your buddy George W. Bush used a similar stage in 2004!
http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0808/Bushs_2004_temple.html?showall

Moron. We're so ready to kick you losers out of power. You've done enough damage to the country to last half a century, and us real Americans are ready to get to work and to get us back on the right track.

Oh, and fellow troglodyte travelers. Spare me the comments that it somehow makes a difference that "Bush was president." That has nothing to do with the point your buddy Krauthammer was so stupidly trying to make.

Posted by: mark | August 27, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Some of you guys, including Mr. Krauthammer, really need to get a grip. The Republican convention, like all political conventions, will be filled with just as much pomp and circumstance as this one.

Please get off of the Berlin Speech kick and all this talk of "adoring foreigners," as if there is something inherently wrong with an American politician if Europeans like him or her.

It could be a good thing that people in other countries might, once again, be able to like the leader of the United States and be willing to gather in large numbers to actually listen to his words as opposed to throw eggs or burn American Flags.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Very mean spirited and mindless comments have been posted here. The fact is that the candidate in question has no real experience and appears to be substituting theater for substance. That is a real concern.

Posted by: alaskaman | August 27, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Why is the Republican convention going to be about George W Bush and Dick Cheney instead of John McCain?

Isn't that an incredibly stupid thing to do?

Posted by: wilder5121 | August 27, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

elites--if you actually buy that nonsense you're sadly ignorant. any oil we would find would take 10 years at a minimum to get to the pump. Drilling is not the answer.

Posted by: steveo | August 27, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Rest assured. The Republicans will, and rightly so, turn the 'mob throb' into a messiah message and turn it against Obama, just like Berlin. This should tell you something about Obama's decision making ability. Can't he learn from anything except lest his extremely high opinion of himself get in the way. Oh yes, oh 'ONE', you are headed down the slippery slope and there is no stopping now. Farewell. Hilliary will get her chance in 2012.

Posted by: Bob, Seattle | August 27, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

stevo, by backing Obama like you are, you are asking for another carter. don't you get it. Draw some cogent distinctions between the two please. gonna be a tall order.. because they are soooo similar. oh wait.. Jimmy wasn't as in love with himself as OHbama is. ha! beat you to it

Posted by: RayRay | August 27, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

"Carter liberated the Persians"

And aren't we all glad for that!

Posted by: rick 50 | August 27, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse


I am a lifelong proud card carrying Democrat and I completely agree with Krauthhammer.
For the 1st time, I am hesitant to vote for the Democratic party nominee. While the inexperience of Obama concerns me, I am appalled and disgusted by his arrogance and the Messiah image, the cult like following etc. This set up just reinforces that to me.

Posted by: American Voter | August 27, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

The man is dangerous. I think the voters will see what a monster he is and send him back to the swamp from which he arose.

Posted by: russ | August 27, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse


There are so many veiled, or not so veiled references to nazis here..

Obama in Germany, nazi this and that, the heil thing, etc etc...half a dozen instances

At the same time some of the same repeat, idiot posters infer he is a Muslim.

The kind of thing usually found in a Krauthammer column...he's a Jewish neocon, most of his
posters are too. Not very intellectual, unUSUALLY nasty, nothing positive, childish.
For those who keep track of what the enemy is doing...this is hardly worth the bother to read.

Posted by: Harry | August 27, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

After the past eight years...the Republicans should have John McCain rise up out of a GIANT TOILET at the GOP convention...grab his running mate...then FLUSH themselves down the toilet.

Absoulutely PERFECT.

Posted by: wilder5121 | August 27, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Like Global Warming, we'll all look back one day and see how foolish Obama was all along.

Posted by: Keep it REAL! | August 27, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Yeah that's what we really want- the europeans to like us. bah. Wait til you see europe in a decade. Overrun with Muslim appeasing governments, staring around for the answer... why? Yeah I really want europeans to approve of us.

Posted by: RayRay | August 27, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Tired of Double Standard wrote" I agree with those who have said if Obama were a white man... Krauthammer and others like him are simply bitter, fearful closet racists."
Ahhh! The sweet smell of moral superiority. It must be good to wake up in the morning nad realize just how much better you are than others. You don't have pity on them for their ignorance for they, like you, should know better. You have contempt for them and their ideas. Krauthammer is not wrong, he is evil. Oh, how I love that sweet smell!

Posted by: HoldOnSweetie | August 27, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

As a democrat I find it hard to believe this is the best we can do for candidates. How bereft of talent our party must be to have a fantsy coronation as the message we want to send to the working class of America. How is this related to health care, race relations, affordable housing, gender equality, gay rights, internationl relations, global warming, the war, veterans health care or the energy crisis. When did we become the Republicans?

Posted by: rverbist | August 27, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

All Hat, No Cattle.

Posted by: DCortez | August 27, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Two autobiographies? Now that's audacity.

Posted by: btenney | August 27, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

nice job speling, wilder

Posted by: RAYRAY | August 27, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

This is what happens when a joke gets out of hand. The "left" ran this unelectable socialist against Hillary to tweak her nose and show her their "power". But she bungled the nomination process and now the Democrats are stuck with this monster they created, Obama the "son of Zeus". The Democrats should count their blessing, because if this Carter # 2 is elected they won't win another election for a 100 years.

Posted by: Ares | August 27, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Anybody know if George W McCain wears the "Extra Large" or the "Super Size" Depends?

Posted by: wilder5121 | August 27, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Is this really what the GOP is reduced to? In reviewing these posts, I see the same anti-Obama "talking points" repeated OVER and OVER and OVER again.

Oddly enough, not one positive comment about McCain. NOT A SINGLE ONE.

Someone please say me why you are voting for McCain. I would be interested to know.

Posted by: Good Grief | August 27, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

So this is what that creepy, dark place that is inhabited by hysterical, whiny and factually inaccurate liberals looks like. The WaPo message boards...yikes! It certainly is a dark, joyless and somber place.

Continue to shine Mr. Krauthammer!

Posted by: Sam H. | August 27, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Harry writes: "The kind of thing usually found in a Krauthammer column...he's a Jewish neocon, most of his
posters are too."

Anti-semitism is a really classy thing to do. No?

But then, if Obama is your god. Then all genuine monotheists are the enemy. Right?

Wonderfully intellectual treatment by Harry of the right's reaction to Obama's Messiah complex.

Posted by: rick 50 | August 27, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Hail Caesar!

Posted by: Frances | August 27, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Running against Obama for the presidency, Biden said nominating someone without national security credentials would be a "tragic mistake" and said that the presidency "is not something that lends itself to on-the-job-training."

Obami's 143 days of actual senate experience is a joke. Anyone who votes for him is not an American who cares about our future.

OBAMA BIDEN = OSAMA BIN LADEN

Think about it, before you vote!

Posted by: NObama bin Biden | August 27, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

obama, hollywood style
LMAO
what a clown
The scary thing is, he loves playing the part.

Posted by: the oprah show | August 27, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey, after the speech in the Greek temple, maybe they can crown Hooossein as Caesar amdist Latin chants. This will totally help him connect to voters in Ohio.

Posted by: Morris | August 27, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Good Grief:

Pardon me-we are blinded by the white light of your demonic anti-Christ. Next to Obama-the crypto Messiah and his anti-Semitic minions- just about anybody looks good-even Hillary.

Posted by: rick 50 | August 27, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Give them credit. The Greek/Roman thing is a bit easier to construct and correograph than the ..."oceans will begin to recede... the sick will be cured... and the earth will begin to heal itself" motif.

Posted by: HoldOnSweetie | August 27, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Reading these posts from Republicans here PERFECTLY ILLUSTRATES why the past eight years of Republican rule have been nothing but an endless series of incompetent failures at everything.

Posted by: wilder5121 | August 27, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

SauerKraut and friends unite for sameness?

Re: "Why is he using a Football Stadium?"

Because there are that many people interested in seeing Obama speak. Not a phenomenon you've encountered before I would imagine.

More people = More votes. More energy and excitement from the convention finale = more media coverage = more people talking = more votes. Sounds like a calculated strategy to maximize the moments and exposure.

Instead of building a stage that is dwarfed in scale by a stadium there are theatrics associated with any event or broadcast. Welcome to today's media - and armchair pundits with short attention spans. Sir Charles - would you have him go naked before us instead as a sign of humility and metaphor for baring one's soul for your judgement and approval?

Why not just have you speak seated in a chair in a room with a video camera on Fox instead of the crazy moving graphic displays and patriotic backdrops in broadcast coverage?

Could you be kind enough to see to it that all the patriotic ploys of the McSame Campaign are equally portrayed next week?

Posted by: Don Julio | August 27, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I saw all this liberal drivel 4 years ago when all you nuts were beating the drums for Kerry. And now this presidential affirmative action charade. Well, again, as in 2004, you will be sorely dissappointed. Obama is a whackjob and a majority of Americans will see that come November. McCain Depression Syndrome anyone? haha!

Posted by: Don from NYC | August 27, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Sourkraut Hammer: A mind is a terrible thing to lose. Barack Obama has such a keen one and he never misplaces it. He has, in fact, one of the finest minds of any candidate for President at any time. I am concerned that both you and the Washington Post have lost your bearings-- on the assumption that you once had them. Wingnut Post could be a good new name for the sponsor of the Krauthammer ignorance, rage and hate column.

Posted by: Nutpatrol | August 27, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I agree with those who have noted that many, if not most, of Obamites posting use scurrilous attacks on Krauthammer.

It is sad to think that those who spout hatred ... whether left or right ... think this is "argument" and “discussion”.

The more you curse and demean your opponent, the more you demean your cause and yourself.

Mr. K. attacks stupid, posturing, and illogical leaders and politicians of all stripes and labels.

It’s Obama’s turn in the “equal opportunity barrel”.

Am I the only one in the postings to know that Greek & Roman Temples were dedicated to their Gods?

Obama approving this site says volumes about his judgment and ego.

If he and his supporters dug a little deeper into Greek thought, they would have discovered that one of the great failings or sins of the Greek world is Hubris.

“The Greek concept of hubris refers to the overweening pride of humans who hold themselves up as equals to the gods. Hubris is one of the worst traits one can exhibit in the world of ancient Greece and invariably brings the worst kind of destruction.” (Spark Notes)


Those Generals who were given Roman Triumphs had a slave in his chariot whisper, “Remember thou are mortal”


I raise the question, “Who is this stage Temple dedicated to?”

Princeton Junction

Posted by: J Gary Fox | August 27, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Rick 50

You've made your feelings about Obama abundantly clear.

Now tell me why you are voting for McCain?

Thanks!

Posted by: Good Grief | August 27, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Rick50,

Defeating communism was a 40 year, bipartisan effort. And the economy, and the market, has business cycles which were greatly influenced by the oil crisis of '73, which caused the inflation, and the policies of Burns' Fed.

Anyhow, believe what you want, this is a free country. Just don't get all up in arms when Obama wins this election fair and square.

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 27, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Is this going to be Berlin II ?

Someone needs to tell Obama he's running for POTUS........not president of Hollywood.

Can someone pass this on to the Emperor Without Clothes.

If Joseph Gobbels were alive today he'd be really jealous........

Posted by: allen ridge | August 27, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Obama is an empty suit. Biden proved it.

Posted by: Eileen | August 27, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

During the primary Hillary said that she had experience, McCain had experience, and Obama had a speech that he gave during the 20004 covention.
Can you tell me what experience Obama has gained since the primary that now makes him qualified?

Posted by: HoldOnSweetie | August 27, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer's bizarre French-royalty face reminds me of something.

I know it's hard for average Americans to keep track of the endless stream of Republican perverts, criminals, and scandals.

So as a public service, republicanoffenders (website) provides a long, long, long list of Republican criminals from the past ten years...nicely organized by category: Drugs/Prostitution, Corruption/Bribery, Rape, Lewd Conduct, Assorted Felonies, Fraud/Embezzlement etc etc etc...and a ridiculously huge section on Pedophiles, as would be expected.

Looks like only about 400 or so Republicans listed...so it's obviously a work in progress.

Posted by: wilder5121 | August 27, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Nutpatrol writes: "Barack Obama has such a keen one and he never misplaces it. He has, in fact, one of the finest minds of any candidate for President at any time."

Curious is it not that Obama has actually done less with his "keen" mind than any person who's ever run for President. Maybe Obama hasn't misplaced it because he keeps it locked away-unused- in the hands of people like Bill Ayers and Jeremiah "God Damn America" Wright?

Posted by: rick 50 | August 27, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Great work, Dr. Charles.

How do I know? Because the nutbars here are howling mad at you for it.

It's funny to read them whine and moan when people talk about how naked their Emperor really is. I enjoy it thoroughly.

Obama is already bracketed as an empty suit, empty brain celebrity who reads a teleprompter well. Thursday night will only serve to confirm that as his descent continues.

And you'll continue to whine and whine and whine about it while Charles and I enjoy the downfall.

Oh, and by the way. Reagan, Bush and others? Yeah, they were actually PRESIDENT when they made their speeches. You know, people who had actually accomplished something besides figuring out new ways to incorporate the words "hope" and "change" into every sentence.

That's the difference, morons.

By the way, it's been well documented that the Democrats don't have a single American flag at the Pepsi Center except the two that were already there before they arrived. Yeah, that'll play will across America, dummies. There sure are lots of "O" signs though.

It boggles the mind now utterly and completely incompetent Democrats are.

Posted by: ep | August 27, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Go back to Canada please.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

George Bush had what experience when he entered the White House?

Posted by: Moose | August 27, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Most of the posts concerning this article use the classic Communist ploy "the BIG lie". Say it often enough and loud enough and it becomes truth. Also the use of name calling such as "Nazi" is another way of getting your non message across. Typical liberal and Democrat attacks with no substance and no basis in fact.

Posted by: Frank, San Antonio | August 27, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Ever since Chuckie Krauthammer won the "Guardian of Zion" award in 2002 -- it was his life's crowning moment -- he has been very jealous and highly critical of anyone else having a moment in the spotlight.

It's a mental condition for which Chuckie could probably be treated.

But, Chuckie, for heaven's sake do not take literally the saying, "Physician, heal thyself."

It won't work. Honest. Only more hatred and madness will ensue.

Posted by: pali2500 | August 27, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Good Grief:
I thought I made it clear. The first reason to vote for McCain-is that he keeps Obama and his ilk out of power. McCains qualifications and achievements are evident and require no elucidation. Compared to Hitler and random German politician would have been infinitely preferable. So too, with this ersatz Messiah you adore.

Posted by: rick 50 | August 27, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

This op-ed is so typical of what we've seen from angy white male conservatives for decades. Why can's Democrats name this for what it is: projection!

Posted by: Xiao | August 27, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Could you really trust the wealth of this nation to a man who allows this kind of excess at other's expense?? I can't imagine how much this is costing the US taxpayer in terms of the incredible amount of security the Secret Service is providing. He's wasting our money already, and he's not even elected!!!

Posted by: beth in chapel hill | August 27, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Give it up Deep Blue- some of us actually read books and some of us we present at the time. Carter was the last Democrat I ever voted for-or ever will. The Dems of Reagan's years by and large impeded his victory over Communism. There are no Scoop Jackson's left in the Democrat Party.

Posted by: rick 50 | August 27, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Someone remind me--has Krauthammer been steadfastly criticizing the Bush/Cheney autocracy in these pages, or has he been making excuses for them? And if the latter, what's his beef now--that he's a sore loser? It certainly doesn't seem that he's a big defender of the rights and needs of the public against the corrupt and powerful...

Posted by: Rich | August 27, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting to see the angry, nasty left wing comments. Dr Krauthammer has been paraplegic for years so, of course, there are the mean spirited comments on his disability. It is a great source of amusement to me to see the politically correct rules fly out the window when the person concerned is a political opponent. Since the Obama campaign is trying to get criminal prosecution of a 527 group running a TV ad about his relationship with terrorist Bill Ayres, I suppose this is what we could expect from an Obama administration. Let the purges begin !

Posted by: Mike K | August 27, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

This is a riot. Obami really does think he is a man-god.

I thought it was mean when someone joked that we should all pray for rain, but now I am not so sure. This idiot needs to get his feet back on the ground along with all his koolaide drinkers.

When Americans see this, they are going to gag!

Posted by: Sara | August 27, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Back to the point of this article... Mr Krauthammer has a background in psychiatry, and I'm sure he is aware that for a candidate such as Sen. McCain to have married into an organized crime family, as a forty year old man, and then to have used that money and those connections to run for POTUS is nothing short of lunacy.

McCain married into organized crime. You could wiki or good Jim Hensley Kemper Marley and Meyer Lansky.

And then he ran for President. He's nuts.

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 27, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post cheapens itself by publishing this person.

There is something seriously wrong here. Is it nepotism? Blackmail?

Kraut is critical of a stage, but then does not tell anyone what it should look like. I'm sure his perfect mind knows exactly what one should look like.

On a purely informational basis, what kind of information is Kraut offering?

None! This is a high-entropy story with virtually no way to extract information from.

Is that what I come here to do? Get no information?

What does it take for the Post to realize the disservice they are doing their readers? There are truly great, smart people who would love to fill this column with high-information content.

Please! Let us have them instead.

Posted by: K Ackermann | August 27, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

For those of you too mesmerized by Obama not to see it, let me tell you that those of us sitting on the election fence are completely turned off by such pomposity. He needs to convince us that he's not an empty suit and empty head with a nice voice and handsome smile (McCain has to convince us he's lucid enough to take the helm and will cut govt waste). It's a tall order for both, and so far, rather than becoming confident in Obama, this undecided's thinking he's looking more and more like the cocky jock who runs for class president every year while giving the same speech every year. Greko-Roman columns? What's next-a commercial featuring fire from his fingers and bolts of lightening from his eyes? Want my vote, Obama? Come down to Earth.

Posted by: Steve | August 27, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

"Hey John McCain, your zipper is down".

John McCain: "But...but...I was a POW."

"Hey John McCain, one of your seven houses is on fire!".

John McCain: "But...but...I was a POW."

"Hey John McCain, have you eaten lunch yet?".

John McCain: "But...but...I was a POW."

"Hey John McCain, looks like it's gonna rain today".

John McCain: "But...but...I was a POW."

"Hey John McCain, you're just like George W Bush".

John McCain: "But...but...I was a POW."

Posted by: wilder5121 | August 27, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

To all readers: The defining characteristic of the Democrat party is its rampant anti-Semitism. History is littered with the wreckage of anti-Semitic political parties. Unfortunately they do a great deal of damage before they die a well deserved death. Don't give Obamanation and chance to wreak Desolation upon the American nation!

Posted by: rick 50 | August 27, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

LOL!! Oh thank you Obama for once again make a fool of your arrogant self!

Democrat in FLA for McCain

Posted by: Laurie | August 27, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Rick, I'll only give it up when this country has peace, prosperity, health care, education, energy independence and clean air to breath. 'Til then, it's war with the Republican party that stands in between the American people and the policies she so desperately needs. Good people can disagree about these things. Always have and always will.

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 27, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Good Grief:
I thought I made it clear. The first reason to vote for McCain-is that he keeps Obama and his ilk out of power. McCains qualifications and achievements are evident and require no elucidation. Compared to Hitler and random German politician would have been infinitely preferable. So too, with this ersatz Messiah you adore.

Posted by: rick 50

____________________________________

Good grief, indeed.

In 2000, "Gigolo John" McMansions was rejected by the Republicans.

Rather than subject themselves to the possibility of a McLame presidency, they chose the equivalent of a hapless village idiot (who, while destroying the economy, took America into an unnecessary war of choice).

Now they want America to accept as its leader the increasingly geriatric, self-styled "maverick" that they themselves rejected eight years ago.

What is it, in Republican eyes, that McLame has done in the last eight years that now makes him a credible Presidential candidate?

Posted by: pali2500 | August 27, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Is he going to feed Christians to the lions?

Posted by: Jen | August 27, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama really has lost his mind - I can't believe that he would appear on a stage like that after all of the criticism he has received already - It was bad enough that he moved the speach to a stadium - isn't he supposed to be speaking to the entire country - I don't know what he is thinking - maybe he isn't. What a nut case.

Posted by: BOB - NJ | August 27, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Miniature greek temple....you mean like the Capital building, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, or the White House?

Posted by: kreuz_missile | August 27, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Obomba is the most unqualified candidate to ever be nominated for President. And that's saying a lot, even for the librocrats. He will move to the center between now and election day, but don't be fooled. He is a die-hard socialist through and through, and he will raise taxes and destroy the economy of this country, and capitulate to the terrorists. He has no chance of being elected, in this center-right country. This will be a 40-state romp for Sen. McCain.

Posted by: Bob Kaye | August 27, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Classic case of the Obama camp over-thinking. Between the Great Seal of the President... I mean Obama, the Berlin setting speech, and now Mt. Olympus, grandiosity appears to be an achilles heel.

Maybe the O camp should focus on this: issues and ideas. If they put half of their stage production energy into how they could save American business WITHOUT TAXES, we might have a good candidate.

Charles is a breath of fresh air from a paper that for years touted impartiality but consistently leaned left.

Posted by: Erndog | August 27, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Pox on both parties. Obama has never run a respectable business concern; he bloviates and freezes in the absence of his teleprompter. McCain is tempestuous, devoid of economic sense. Hillary should be coronated and we could avoid the last 60 days of this despicable campaign---and I am a Republican.

Posted by: John Vander Woude | August 27, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse


Wow, Obama is blowing it - Big time.

Not suprising, the left/nutroots do this all time. First Howard Dean. Then Kerry. Then Lamont. Now Obama. Spectacular failures.

Posted by: Cinneatueus | August 27, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Bob Kaye says "Obomba is the most unqualified candidate to ever be nominated for President"

Are you an illiterate moron, Bob?

Abraham Lincoln had the EXACT SAME qualifications.

You Republicans are REALLY stupid.

Posted by: wilder5121 | August 27, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Really, this is beyond the pale. Obam-bam is pompous far beyond what his modest achievements warrant.

Posted by: Chicago for Hillary | August 27, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Funny hearing complaining about CK's partisanship from readers of a paper that publishes Eugene Robinson.

Posted by: chris | August 27, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Who's up for sending AsperGirl to Siberia?

Posted by: Jon | August 27, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

What WaPo readers need to understand is that someone like Obama makes an ugly schlub like Krauthammer even more insecure than he already is.

I'll bet Krauthammer's prom date was his mom.

*LOL*

Posted by: Listen Up! | August 27, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Proud PUMA - Party Unity My Ass

Sign me up as another democrat for McCain.

Posted by: PUMA 4eva | August 27, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

The left has become an intolerant bunch of intellectually corrupt basement dwellers living off their mothers' dime. They've fallen in love with Obama and have a sick affection for him reminiscent of battered spouses. With that said, Obama is the MOST unqualified presidential candidate, EVER. Set aside the dual teleprompters and you have a rambling, unfocused person trying to tell you what he believes in and omitting what he truly believes at the same time...Just an empty suit not worthy of a coat hanger. Peace.

Posted by: Malcom Z. | August 27, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Obama has a swelled head bigger than that of George W.

I have no idea why Obama is so impressed with himself. No experience. No qualifications. Why is he so in love with himself??

Posted by: Ex-Florida Democrat | August 27, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Is this the best they got???

The right-wingers efforts to paint Obama as some sort of narcissistic, megalomaniacal Napolean is so pathetic, so transparent, based on so little, and so transparently desperate.

"Ooohhh, he'll be speaking from a stage?!!? And the stage will be RAISED?!?!? And their will be a decorative back-drop!?!?!??! Who does this guy think he is? The Sun King?!?!?!"

Hey Krautf*cker, is it okay if he wears a suit and tie? or maybe a he should go barefoot with overalls? Is that more fitting for a presidential convention?

Honestly, this article is deserving of huge amounts of ridicule.

Posted by: kurt | August 27, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

checking back and it's freakin' hilarious! there's crazies everywhere, but it seems as if one thing is clear, we all care enough, or are unemployed enough to come here and say our piece (except for the mcsame points posters of course). it would help if we could check ourselves and stick to issues but it becomes too easy to sink into juvenile head-cracking, knee-slapping b***t. you cannot stop it, just ignore it. those who have something to say, you will find them and be glad there are a few you can count on. the ALL cappers, block them out. gotta get off wapo though, you all are crazy!

Posted by: preAmerikkkan | August 27, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

"To all readers: The defining characteristic of the Democrat party is its rampant anti-Semitism."

Posted by: rick 50

______________________________


Ah, that must explain why 60% of Jewish Americans consistently vote Democratic while only 10% vote Republican.

It's that "self-loathing" thing, right?

Posted by: pali2500 | August 27, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, then there are lights and speakers too!
Oh my - what is Obama thinking!!!!?

Posted by: Jason | August 27, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Democrats are toast if this "Temple" really is Obama's stage on Thursday. Unfrickinbelievable! He is just playing into the Reapublican charges of celebrity elitism and god-complex issues.

Even Kerry held a 3-4 point lead at this point in 2004. Heck, even Dukakis was up 10%! Democrats always lead comfortable in the summer, but Barry can't even break 45% in most polls...Pathetic! I fully expecting most undecideds to break for McCain as this election has become a referendum on Obama.

Posted by: Poe Doe | August 27, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

The plain fact is...Republicans are INCOMPETENT FAILURES...at EVERYTHING.

The past eight years prove it beyond any doubt whatsoever. And Americans know it.

That's why Obama will win. Simple as that.

Posted by: wilder5121 | August 27, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

"This is the moment when the rise of the ocean began to slow and our planet began to heal."

Yes, the Temple to Obama is very appropriate for the speaker of the above words.

I can only imagine a Republican building a Temple to Himself, after a going to BERLIN and be Hailed as The One. You have to admit, Obama is bit thick headed. He is waltzing right into another mocking ad by the McCain Teams.


Posted by: tothewestbetrue | August 27, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

These messiah posts are a hoot...and an obvious and lame coordinated effort.

Talk about grasping at straws. The GOP is pathetic :-)

Posted by: Interesting | August 27, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Much like John Kerry, every day is Christmas with Obama.

But I think the automatic jerk of the knee has stunned a few readers, impairing what little sense they had.

It is fine to have a CONVENTION in a large, high-profile facility like Madison Square Garden and the Pepsi whatever it is. But to leave such a grand facility in search of even grander digs for an acceptance speech? For winning half the votes? Ridiculous.

Flying too close to the sun is hazardous to one's health.


Posted by: Joe from Boston | August 27, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

What hubris! There should be a chorus to warn of the impending danger. Instead we get a bunch of sychophantic hacks cheering the inane ramblings of the the would be king. What a tragedy!

Posted by: Aristotle | August 27, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Charles,
Way to stick to the Repug strategy of mocking and ridiculing the opponent. So much for an election focused on issues that matter, education, health care, global warming and war & peace.
DEPRESSING!

Posted by: Mark Sorensen | August 27, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Give us more Krauthammer!!

I remember ALL of Mr. Krauthammer's articles on Obama from the very first one --- and Mr. Krauthammer has been "right on".

They have all been brilliant. In fact I have quoted from them (with proper reference of course) as a volunteer political writer myself ... as I have tried to warn all America.

Now we're looking at a lot of "show", "hot air", and non-stop pontification.

We don't know who will be saying "I DO" on January 20th 2009. This will be a "tight" race.

It could be a "reformatted" John McCain.

In fact if we can re-format John McCain to look honestly at the economy here, bring him into the center of the road, I may vote for him. And I certainly never thought I could say that.

But Mr. Obama has no idea what he's doing --- other than trying to win an election.

No thank you.

Posted by: CommonSense 12 | August 27, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Once again, the Obama campaign screws up. They're just handing points to the Republicans.

Posted by: ed | August 27, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I think Biden should follow closely behind him, whispering over and over "remember - thou art but a mortal".

Posted by: pete | August 27, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer's mewling is like a critic reviewing a movie that he has heard about from a third party but has yet to see.

By late this evening, Chuckie could be feeling even more embarrassed about his asinine comments than he almost invariably feels.

Posted by: pali2500 | August 27, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse


This has to be one of the silliest election years ever.

Obama has jumped the shark!

Posted by: Jack Burton | August 27, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

More drivel from the king of drivel, the angry, disgruntled, know-it-nothing K-man.

Looking for a would-be emperor? How about a guy who invades another country that never had invaded ours, who sacrifices more than 4,000 American soldiers' lives for his own bent ego and who lies to "his people" whenever he bushing wants?
That would be would-be emperor George W(ar liar) Bush.

Posted by: jstone | August 27, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

its funny how some think that a criticism of Obama is a backward endorsement of Bush. The whole thing is hilarious; will Obama top it off with a "wardrobe malfunction" while Kucinich shouts "wake up interns!", only to be followed by a Jesse Jackson castration? I guess the better question is: considering Obama's circle of quality friends, what will his cabinet look like?

Posted by: Bossalaus | August 27, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Do liberals know how to have a civil discourse with those they disagree with? BTW, Bush spoke at MSG because that is where the convention was. The Democrat convention is at the Pepsi Center, which is good enough for everyone else.

Posted by: RM | August 27, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Talk about "nuts".
If anyone (including the really brilliant Krauthammer) DARES to question the pompous pretentions of the Obamessiah, WATCH OUT.
All these babies in their pajamas typing away furiously in their mother's basement are gonna call you a name and hold their breath until they turn blue.

Posted by: Graywolf | August 27, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

You gotta love these Dems! From an impressive field of candidates they just had to pick the least impressive, least experienced, least accomplished, most liberal and least electable of the lot. Hillary, Edwards (pre-affair) Biden, Richardson, Dodd would have won this in a cakewalk; even Kucinich would have had better shot than this lightweight, jellyfish! What has this man accomplished? What has this slippery, jive talkin’ politician done to deserve this Triumph, reminiscent of a conquering general’s procession into ancient Rome? Most people, even those with far greater biographies and accomplishments would be too embarrassed to appear in such a pompous, extravagant, over-the-top setting. But not Barack… he probably thinks he deserves all of this! The fame has definitely gone to his head, and the killer is that this bozo can’t win. McCain is going to beat him like a redheaded stepson… I almost feel sorry for the man. In late November when he comes crashing back down to earth he is going to look back at next Thursday night and think “What the hell was I thinking.”

Posted by: Gusto | August 27, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

That this lightweight is as close to being president as Obama is, quite frankly, is breath taking.

Posted by: steve | August 27, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Posts under many different names, but all in the same right-wing writing style :-)

Posted by: Interesting | August 27, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

It's good to see that someone at the Washington Post still has a sense of humor.

Putting the headline "Has he lost his mind?" over Krauthammer's photograph and name is priceless.

Posted by: pali2500 | August 27, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Hey, bklyndan
"high dungeon"? I think you mean dudgeon. Here, see for yourself:
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/dudgeon

As to the substance of your comments. Do Obama's follower's really want to feel better about America? Or do they enjoy blaming us for the world's problems? If only we were more like Russia or China...

As for Bush being power-hungry, I thought Cheny was in charge. The conspiracies are so confusing. W is an idiot, and yet he decieved everyone. He's power-hungry, but he's a foolish pawn of the neocons. Regardless, I'm pretty sure GW won't be our next President. But keep running against him.


Posted by: Mdooley | August 27, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

How can so many posters come to the laughable conclusion that Obama thinks he's a God based on the fact that he'll be speaking from a raised stage with a decorative backdrop?

there are two possibilities. 1) they are all morons who just accept whatever they're fed by the right-wing pundits, or 2) it's a coordinated effort my paid smear merchants.

I think it's the latter.

Posted by: kurt | August 27, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

History will be kind to GWB. http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/08/a_brief_history_of_bushs_time.html

Posted by: RM | August 27, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

All Hail Barackus Husseinius Obamanus!!

You had to know as long as HOWARDUS DEANUS had a hand in this, it would eventually come down in a screaming crash to terra firma.

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeearghh!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Let's focus on the STAGE design after 8 years of failed Domestic policy, failed foreign policy, failed energy policy, the failing dollar, and the US losing it's position in almost every indicator possible all around the world. That's WHAT MATTERS! THE PILLARS!

Posted by: Patrick | August 27, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Mix up your writing style to make it less obvious.

Posted by: Interesting | August 27, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama is trying to invoke the imagery of both JFK's 1960 acceptance speech at the Memorial Colliseum in LA and MLK's 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial.

The problem with this manufactured image for Thursday night is that it's not subtle; it's ostentatious.

It says something about the ego of a man (without a single legislative accomplishment yet) to be thinking of himself, not just as President ... but in the same league as Kennedy or Martin Luther King.

Posted by: Kilimanjaro Dan | August 27, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

"AHHHHHHHHHH The Liberals are coming, The Liberals are coming................."

No. They're not.

Posted by: Nanc | August 27, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Obama gives his acceptance speech on the 40th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I HAVE A DREAM" speech. This set recreates the LINCOLN MEMORIAL where Dr. King gave his speech. Nothing more American than the LINCOLN MEMORIAL!

Posted by: anna | August 27, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Charles, for another great piece. This is narcissism at its zenith. How many people's healthcare premiums could the rental of the stadium and the Super Bowl-style stage design have paid for? Vote for McCain: smart, real and down to earth.

Posted by: leanright | August 27, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Really? We're discussing the stage design?
Ok Americans. Since you can’t do your own homework I did some for you. Wrap your minds around these F A C T S. Per Forbes magazine, the top 3 presidents in US, Post World War history, are all DEMS. Republicans FAIL. SIMPLE as that. Look at all the numbers. It’s astonishing.

Postwar Presidencies Ranked By Six Measures Of Economic Performance:

#1 Clinton #2 Johnson #3 Kennedy

Why on God's GREEN EARTH would you even consider electing A Republican considering the state our country is in? How many failed Republican administrations will it take before you realize you are consistently voting against your best interests.

John McCain, I AM NOT a Georgian, I AM AN AMERICAN. Start putting the interests of MY COUNTRY 1st!!!!

Posted by: Patrick | August 27, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Mr.Krauthammer is right on the mark !
And all you f-ing libs need to get a clue.
Obama Hussein will kill America in more ways than most of you can count.
I fear for everyone after the patient starts running the Asylum .

Posted by: David in Atlanta | August 27, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

So what are you getting, a nickel a post?

Posted by: Interesting | August 27, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Hey tniel, before accusing even a "partisan Republican hack" of "bad grammar," you should try reading a book yourself -- as for example, an unabridged dictionary.

"Coronate" is in fact a recognized word in English. Has been since 1850 or so. It means to "to crown (a sovereign)" Comes from the Latin (the language the Romans spoke) See among others
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/coronate Also in the Random House Unabridged Dictionary.

"Duh" back at you.

Posted by: E. Donald Elliott | August 27, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

It's clearly obvious from all these posts that Republicans are miserable depressed people who hate themselves most of all.

That's understandable.

But why do these people clearly hate America and the positive changes it so desperately needs?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

I recall seeing Krauthammer's mug on a PBS show. I could never pay attention to what the man was saying because he was just so ugly -- nose, face, hair, everything.

Having read what he's written in this post, it's obvious to me now that I wasn't missing much.

This guy belongs at National Review or one of those other right-wing rags.

Posted by: PBS Charles | August 27, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Can someone name ONE Thing the Republicans have done RIGHT for this country during the past 8 years? Record deficit?

Posted by: Jason | August 27, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

He also has a mock up of Air Force One, it's a good thing for America that a model is about as near as he will come to the real thing. Obama has no "coat tails" the left will lose big in November (which of course means America wins big).

Posted by: Orville | August 27, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

This column consists of standard partisan smears, echoing the spoon fed drivel of the right-wing echo chamber. I've long since stopped expecting anything better from CK.
The cult of personality has been the central campaign strategy of Rove's puppets. McC is trying to follow the script, with little success because not only is McC stupid, unprincipled, & immoral (traits which are only a problem for a POTUS, not for a candidate) but he is so undisciplined that he strays from the talking points too often for the handlers' liking.
Obama is a man of character & substance. He has put forward policy proposals far more comprehensive, detailed, coherent, & realistic than anything McC has or will offer. It is only because of mischief-making right-wing partisans that the debate gets hijacked into trivial discussions of personality factors; they can dish it out, but they can't take it when their attacks are answered in kind-
Gore never did, Kerry never did, & the GOP were hoping that Obama wouldn't.
Too bad, chicken hawks, your politcal daydream is about to come crashing down on you.
As you sow, so shall you reap!

Posted by: Doctor B | August 27, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Oh, God...
the program posters are all over the place.

DO they think they fool anyone?

And can't more intelligent posters be found? The MSM has become a joke.

PS I hope their reward is a picture of oldster coger, confused looking. (he never looks any other way except when talking about war...)

Posted by: Oh God | August 27, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Ah, that must explain why 60% of Jewish Americans consistently vote Democratic while only 10% vote Republican.

It's that "self-loathing" thing, right?

_____________________________________________

No. It's that "Utter Stupidity" thing.

Posted by: Bob Kaye | August 27, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

I know! New Orleans? Lost jobs? Failed Dollar? Disrespect around the world? Lies? Or is it making bathroom stall sex ok? That's what they've done for us:)
And Jesus is a Republican huh? PATHETIC.

Posted by: Tom | August 27, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

If Krauthammer were really part of a vast right-wing conspiriacy, he wouldn't have written this. As a McCain supporter, my first that was "DOH! Why is Charles pointing this out to them"

So I'm glad so many liberals don't take "Krauty" seriously, and hope Obama goes through with this. You'd think after the Berlin fall-out they'd realize the folly of the Greek columns & the elevated platform, but I guess O'Reilly is right about the Kool-Aid!

The Obama Campaign: Gift to the GOP!

Posted by: Cantormania | August 27, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Charles has become one of the best comedians the WP has ever had - surpasses even Kornheiser. Mr. K could start his own nightclub act. That is why he writes such funny columns. If it weren't for 'Krauty' the political season would be dull for sure. Thanks Charles, and keep the jokes coming.

Posted by: Bob | August 27, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow, and you dems wonder why your party has become a pathetic gathering place for the unemployed, uneducated, and underachieving dregs of American society; stop complaining about Kraut's views and nominate someone with some experience, and who doesn't have a history of being a racist, and being anti-American! This was the election you could have won, should have won and yet, he will lose, and it won't even be that close.....next time, try not to nominate the "neatest" candidate, and nominate the "best" candidate, you will have more luck. Until then.....shhhhhhh!

Posted by: Shocked67 | August 27, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Nope, the "program posters" are not fooling anyone...except themselves :-)

Posted by: Interesting | August 27, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Obama reached the top fast, needing only the press, our history, and his skill. He owes the Democrats nothing. And, by having his speech in a stadium--away from the Democrats and their little convention--he's telling them that. They won't listen.

Posted by: derons | August 27, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer looks to me like he'd be happy in that bathroom stall with Larry "Wide Stance" Craig and Rush Limbaugh.

Just your typical Republican.

Posted by: wilder5121 | August 27, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

What is a Republican? I fiscal conservative? HUH? A "Values" person - Bathroom stalls and meth addict pastors. You are the laughing stock of the Nation. Republi... I can't say it..is a bad word. Hence the reason you are being slammed in congressional elections left and right. The presidency is next.

Posted by: Patrick | August 27, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

The GOP has no dignity, which is precisely why they are losing UGLY.

Posted by: Interesting | August 27, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Why not do it big and elaborate when the tab is being picked up by the lobbyists and corporations he loves to rail against? The Audacity of Hypocrisy

Posted by: Ben | August 27, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

DEMS UNEDUCATED? ROFL OMG! That is the best one I've ever heard. WA State, Seattle - One of the most liberal cities in the country #1 college Educated. MASS, CA, NEW York, no educated folks their either. Blue states makes up 2/3 of the entire US for GDP. Wanna go there?

Posted by: Patrick | August 27, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Hypocrisy is one person posting under numerous names.

No surprise, all the GOP has is lies.

Posted by: Interesting | August 27, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party. The party of the rich old white man. How interesting. YAWN

Posted by: Ted | August 27, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

For all the Carl Rove tactics and polling #'s, there is 1 fact. The Republican party is dying. No one can deny that an OVERWHELMING majority of Americans under 35 are Democrat. It must be sad because you let your conservative ideal turn neo-con-like. Record deficit, war mongering, letting bridges fall, cities be destroyed, nothing but utter failure. Young Americans see this. The GOP as we know it is through whether McCain wins or not. The tides are changing. The GOP is in deep, deep trouble and you know it.

Posted by: Sarah | August 27, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Leftwingers are getting angrier and angrier with Krauthammer, a sure sign that
his critiques of Obama are hitting home. Hussein Obama is a prisoner of his own grandiose dreams of himself and of his role in history- he makes Bill Clinton seem humble. A certain Chancellor of Germany acted in much the same way as this fellow does. Adolph surrounded himself with the pomp and circumstance of his vision of an ancient emperor. These are danger signs and I hope the American people, at least the rational half, notes them well.

Posted by: mhr | August 27, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Patrick, I can guarantee you don't have a college education, as your writing patterns are that of a fifth-grader. In addition to your childish short hand, even the average dem, would admit that the Democratic party is the party of the "blue-collar/uneducated" man/woman. It's nothing to be ashamed of, now get back to work cleaning those dishes......

Posted by: Shocked67 | August 27, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Hey tneil, before accusing even a "partisan Republican hack" of a serious offense against civility such as "bad grammar," you really should try reading a book -- as for example an unabridged dictionary. "Coronate" is indeed a recognized verb in English. It means "to crown (a sovereign)." Coronate comes from the Latin (you know, that language the Romans spoke years ago). See http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/coronate Also the the Random House Unabridged Dictionary.

Duh back at you!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Hey Patrick, How about some cheese with your WHINE?

"Imagine no liberals, what a wonderful world it would be."

Posted by: Toxic Avenger | August 27, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Left wingers angry> LOL You're getting your butts kicked in the house and senate. We have never been happier. And what's the worst case for us? LIBERAL JOHN MCCAIN IN THE WHITE HOUSE? LOL He's using the right to get elected. He will HAVE to work with the DEM congress and senate to get ANYTHING done or he'll be a lame duck president. I'm loving EVERY min. of this election. 2 liberals running!

Posted by: LOL | August 27, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Oh, good, the "dozens" of right-wing posters have returned from their synchronized bathroom break.

Did any of "you" see Larry Craig?

Posted by: Interesting | August 27, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Yah no liberals. No television, no entertainment, no culture, America would be a WONDERFUL place hick. LOL

Posted by: Patrick | August 27, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

No, no....this is the least we can do to exalt and recognize The Great Man, The Messiah, Our Saviour....yes, oh mighty Barack, stride to your raised podium as we all bow in awe and obesiance.


Hey, Dems....put down the koolaid!!

Posted by: TSimon | August 27, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the Obama fanboys are really upset with you, Charles. Don't you know yet that The One is beyond reproach? All of the other journalists have already written their glowing, fawning reports about The Messiah's inspiration, move-you-to-tears speech that hasn't happened yet. You're still writing about the venue? Shame. He-who-shall-not-be-middle-named will have you charged with hate crimes for your insolence.

Posted by: Hampton Jones | August 27, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Since Jesus is a Republican. Did he approve of killing 100,000 Middle Eastern women and children with our bombs to get ONE man? That's christianlike.

Posted by: Jesus | August 27, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

As usual, Chuck, your rabies seems to be getting the better of your objectivity. When, since Nero, has there ever been a political pep-rally that wasn't ostentatious, pretentious and self-congratulating?

Posted by: Dave | August 27, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Sarah, you are right, most of the dems are under 35, but as they begin to make any real money, and have families; things like family values, and keeping some of the money they make will become important...and "poof", like that, they will become Republicans. Remember all of those hippy losers in the late 60's and early 70's....guess what, they voted the incumbent Dem (Carter) out of office and voted Ronald in.....so you too, can close your mouth and do whatever it is you do for $8.45 an hour.....

Posted by: Shocked67 | August 27, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

The Republican party is so scarey. I think Americans are taking notice finally. They have absolutely NOTHING to run on but fear and racism. What else could they talk about since being in power for 8 years?

Posted by: Denise | August 27, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

The more America learns about Obama, the less we like him. If I was a moonbat liberal, I'd just keep quiet from now until November and hope we can sneak one past the voters.

His Napoleon complex is the least of our worries.

Posted by: Yorkie | August 27, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Ladies and gentlemen, Patrick is what you get when you mix ignorance, entitlement and depression into 1, the result: a liberal!

"Friends don't let friends vote Obama!"

Posted by: Toxic Avenger | August 27, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton has just moved that Barack Obama be the Democratic nominee for President.

Yes We Can and Yes We Will!

November 5th = President-Elect Obama

GET USED TO IT! :-)

Posted by: Interesting | August 27, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

God damn America, people! I'm tired of these neocons. Let's get Ayers and his wife to make some bombs. That's change you can believe in!

Posted by: Hooverville | August 27, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

8.45 an hour dem. LOL The fact of the matter is SHOCKED67 withouth the lower half of this country voting for your "values" party you wouldn't have a prayer in hell to win any election ever. Your party prays upon the low information voters to scare them, to make them vote against their best interests. Like making gay marriage such an issue last election, and never doing A DAMN THING about it. Like telling everyone dems are IMMORAL, yet you promote "NO SEX" while your kids go out and get KNOCKED up. You are simple A JOKE

Posted by: Sarah | August 27, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer did just what he set out to do. He set you people off like a giant explosion; spewing your hate and showing your ignorance and lack of thoughtful discussion. He got all of you worked up showing your true colors. Keep this up and a democrat won't be able to win an election for dog catcher.

Posted by: JR | August 27, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone please tell me why the Messiah is more qualified than Biden? The Messiah's resume is a blank piece of paper, worshipped by young and dumb followers who don't know what work is.

Posted by: Toxic Avenger | August 27, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

The National Convention is flowing now. Hillary has released her delegates. Biden has come out. Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton have made appearances. Ted Kennedy passed a generational torch to Obama. All of this drama is making americans giddy. WE CAN SEE A RETURN TO GREATNESS. This is a fine occassion to celebrate.

MEMO TO Krauthammer: With the fall of the Bush regime, and his dismal "approval ratings", surely an Emperor TRUMPS a mere King. BUt surely you recognize, the will of the people here: No Way, No How, No McCain.

Posted by: Richard | August 27, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

I love how the liberals complain incessantly about racism, but the only racism we've seen so far is Hillary Democrats who won't vote for the darkie. Get your own house in order, silly liberals.

Barack Hussein Obama has two terrorists for friends (including one who openly admires Charles Manson), a felon who bought his yard for him, and a racist preacher. If I was putting together a list of the absolutely ideal people to tie Obama to, all four of them would easily make the list. And Obama doesn't understand what's wrong with these hateful anti-American scum. Shame.

Posted by: Newport News | August 27, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

This has probably already been posted, but just in case...

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/coronate

The comments were TEN TIMES more entertaining than what The Hammer had to say. Listening to / reading moonbats is like watching Jerry Springer -- guilty entertainment that makes one feel good about oneself.

Posted by: Jonathan | August 27, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Toxic Avenger - Did Jesus approve of Larry Craig in the bathroom? Or how about your meth addict leader of the EVANGELICAL movement?

Posted by: Patrick | August 27, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

"Ich Bin Ein Beginer!"

Posted by: jan glaser | August 27, 2008 3:34 PM

Kudos for the quip of the day!

Posted by: Ed | August 27, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

"Mammas don't let your babies grow up to be liberals, cos they'll never leave home and they are always stoned, and spending your hard earned cash".

Posted by: Toxic Avenger | August 27, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Groan- once again, this traitor to America projects one of his many many shortcomings onto Obama. How bizarre. Chuck, you should be locked up in Leavenworth for helping lie us into the Iraq war, can't you just go away in shame? Maybe you could volunteer at a VA hospital for your disgusting behavior and intellectual dishonesty?

President Obama is coming, get used to it.

Posted by: LH | August 27, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Silly partisans, Obama isn't going to save the planet, Pelosi is...
That is why her book sales are down, trying to start by saving trees.

Meanwhile...San Francisco builds up troops of non-citizen gang-types, to exercise good old-fashioned communist population control. If you should encounter one, just talk it over with them. Unless of course they're driving while intoxicated, then you are liable because you should have not invaded their country...or......
Quick start speaking French or something, I'm getting embarrassed.

Posted by: Bossalaus | August 27, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Patrick, how was your first day of high school? Did mommy and mommy's "partner" get you all the supplied you needed for your first day on the "special" bus?

Posted by: Toxic Avenger | August 27, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Did you know that in polls in Europe, Obama leads McCain about 80% to 20%? That's right -- all of Europe wants Obama to be our President.

And a recent poll of Europeans also revealed that Europeans think America has too much power, too much money, and deserves to suffer.

And the two are related. Europeans want Obama because Obama will lead America down the toilet.

Posted by: Slick Willy and Monica... BFF | August 27, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

I just finished the autobiography of that wonderful and kind woman who ran The Post during its most difficult days. What a pathetic legacy Krauthammer is to her character and true patriotism.

Posted by: ron Manuto | August 27, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Toga!

Posted by: JAWilson | August 27, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

WOW... I'm sure that the comments of:

"Someone should roll Krauthammer's wheelchair from the Jefferson Memorial's temple like structure straight into the tidal basin.

With him in it, of course."

get a big laugh on the left wing websites. This is what the Obama supporters are about... I don't frequent those sites, as everytime I read them, I see the vicious comments listed above. It's pathetic to read! You people are dragging down our beloved country.

Also, the comments I keep reading, "WaPo has turned into a NeoCon outlet" and "Why does the Post still pay this guy?" Hmmmm... should we silence all speach that you people disagree with? Should the Post look like Kos or Hunffington? Free speech ends with couter viewpoints to you people!


Posted by: Way to go lefties... | August 27, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Ugh -- shut up, Charles.

Posted by: OR | August 27, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

It continues to amaze me how delusional ObamaDrones are..>This greek temple nonsense of his is absolute insanity...Republicans will run with this already successful theme of Obama as a big celebrity but not a leader and this temple nonsense only helps reinforce that....good luck Drones

Posted by: kevinb | August 27, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

What goes down faster than Slick Willy's zipper-the Messiahs poll numbers. And why is that kooks, maybe it's that your "leader" is so radical he makes Pelosi look like a proud american. It didn't work for Gore, didn't work for Kerry and it's not going to work for the Messiah. Maybe you can sue the Supreme Court if it makes you aging hippies feel better.

Posted by: Toxic Avenger | August 27, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

That Deaf Dumb and Blind kid, sho' plays a mean pinball

Posted by: Hates Peach | August 27, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse


There is no greater example of what this country has become--

and how has reached so low--

than the neocon Krauthammer and his loyal
ugly followers above (as always).

Sucessful because they have bought the media in this country...and have owned Bush for these last eight years. Anthing Israel wanted while the world spat in disgust. And now leaves us in hated isolation.

The DAMAGE they have done is known well to most Americans.

It is clear that krauthammer and his ilk know what is spiraling with through this country. They read polls.

As he and his ilk scream in bitternes.

Good, scream more. You hurry and affirm the case.

Posted by: finally | August 27, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey liberals, let me preview the next three months for you:

September: Glowing media coverage, continued refusal to vet Obama at all. No mention of Ayers or his wife, no peek into the hidden Annenberg Challenge records, no research into "born alive" the Reverend Wright hidden away, Rezko locked up somewhere convenient. Obama ends the month up 10% by spending $100 million on television ads.

October: Republicans introduce voters to the real Obama through alternative media because the mainstream media continues to cover for Obama. Obama struggles in debates without a TelePrompter to lean on. Accidentally reveals he's actually a Communist. Media scrambles to cover -- prints 10-year-old unsubstantiated anonymous rumor of a McCain affair (wait -- they already did that!).

November: Americans now know that Obama has no experience, has extraordinarily poor judgment, and is left of Castro. Media polls still show him up by 5%.

Election Day: McCain wins.

Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb: Media insists Obama lost because of racism.

Posted by: Nostradamus | August 27, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

"The Republican ignorance here is refreshing. Blacks are not not racist for supporting Obama, they gave Gore 90% and Kerry 88% of their votes. That's what happens when one party supported civil rights and the other party supported Jim Crow.

Some of *you people* - and you know who you are - are just plain ignorant."

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 27, 2008 4:29 PM

Speaking of ignorance, perhaps you should check the party affiliations of the post civil war supporters of Jim Crow, including the only member of the KKK that still serves in the Senate, proudly with a (D) after his name.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

I sure wish George W. Bush would have done the same thing back in 2000. Liberal worshippers would have fallen in love.

Posted by: Floridavolt | August 27, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Win or lose - Obama, and America, has made history today. The greatest country in the world has shown that anyone can aspire to leadership - not just the rich, but any one of us. I am proud of this country, and may the best candidate win. I am equally proud of Hillary Clinton, and should she be the nominee in 2012, she will make history as well.

Posted by: Bob | August 27, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Basically, what charles is saying is that Obama should know his place. I'm sure there was a "boy" missing in that sad excuse of an article?

Posted by: Dan | August 27, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

test

Posted by: Windwalker | August 27, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Obamaphiles, this article is called humor. When one dares make fun of your savior you people sure get testy. Krauthammer goes from brilliant to silly it's true. But sometimes even humor has a lot of truth in it.

Posted by: Mark | August 27, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

This is starting to get a little too creepy for me.

The mosh-pit of adoring Germans hailing Obama was disturbing enough

Other than deliver high minded rhetorical speaches and vote for tax increases and more government - what are his real accomplishments ?????

I dont get the Obamania ?

Posted by: Brad Morgan | August 27, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

To the posters above, no, ancient Greece was not a democracy. Athens was, for a time, a democracy, and other more-or-less republican (no, not THAT sort of Republican!) forms of gov't existed here and there, but monarchies and oligarchies were more common. The rulers of the very different political systems prevailing after Alexander tended to go more for Persian-style divine and absolute monarchy - Antiochus .

Rome was also a Republic, but dominated by a few plutocrats once it became big enough for history to notice. And just about every Roman building we see today was built under the emperors, who made a farce of the remaining democratic institutions like the election of consuls and tribunes.

I think Krauty is trying to say that one, by appearing under a "Greek temple" Obama is invoking the post-Alexander god-kings as much as Pericles or Cicero, and two, he's making a mockery of the Neoclassical architecture seen in our capital by using it to aggrandize one individual and his ambition rather than to impart a sense of sacred traditions that transcend any individual.

Posted by: Bruce | August 27, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Amen, Charles! The Democrats should be mortified by this fool.

Posted by: Foodforthought | August 27, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

If Obama took a dump on stage Eugene Robinson would declare it a national landmark. Charles is just a voice that balances Dionne and Robinson for the Post. They all are so hyperpartisan that it is almost not worth reading anything they say. The American people are not influenced by most of these egghead writers, but they think they are important journalists. Berlin was a disaster because Obama looked arrogant and condescending to his own country. You have to wonder what his campaign is thinking allowing this spectacle to happen. What he needs is to seem serious and down to earth. The hope speeches are old and dry because everyone has heard them a hundred times. Time to tell people what you are going to do, hope is not going to cut it in the general.

Posted by: REDSKINSREX | August 27, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse


Europeans want Obama because he is a communist and Russian agent

Posted by: sidney smith | August 27, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Obama Rocks, he will crush all his opposition. It is time all people of coulor take their place in American Politics. The white house belongs to us and we will repair and repay all the people who have made us suffer thru the years and humiliated our brothers and sister. You have seen nothing yet

Posted by: Windwalker88 | August 27, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

This was great article. Obama is a totally crazy guy thinking he is a messiah. Let him put on his feet in November!

Posted by: NoClintonNoParty | August 27, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

You've gotta be kidding. The so called peopel's party, the party of the working class indulging in a cult of worship for a guy who's resume wouldn't get him elected dog catcher. What hubirs, arrogance. Liberals are true hypocritical morons.

Posted by: Edmund Burke | August 27, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Wow if supporting the Iraq war, a War were Winning, makes you a neocon, then im a neocon a name i will now proudly claim.

Posted by: Tyler | August 27, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Why the 50 yard line? Take the "Nom" at the 10 and try a "Hail Mary Messiah" pass - Yes he can...but will he. Make it? Thank God for our freedoms and the secret ballot. Go Big Mac the Cain and is ready to lead at the Goal Post - 2008. gp

Posted by: gperry | August 27, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

After eight long years of an imperial presidency, it is hard to imagine that the Republicans still accuse the Democrats for things that the Reps do. My friends abroad have asked me for 8 years now what is the difference between Bush-style government and a dictatorship. To be honest, it is really hard to answer. Until the last 2 years, there were no checks and balances between the branches of government. The judiciary was compromised. The legislative branch was a rubberstamp.

To worry or even suggest such imperialism about an Obama presidency, get a life. Believe me, the Republicans will not even let an error in speech stop them from launching impeachment proceedings. The Republicans have shown over and over again that they can forgive themselves for anything, but assume the opposition is evil. It is time for the Republicans to sit out a few terms. Speak up Larry Craig. Speak up all you without sin. Please identify yourselves.

Go Obama!

Posted by: Earl C | August 27, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

For what it's worth, I think Mr. Krauthammer is perhaps the best single political pundit in the country. You might not agree with him, but he makes arguments rather than hurling platitudes.

His tone on this one is a bit snide. But you don't have to be a neo-con to consider the thought that perhaps the "temple" stage plays to some of the more unfalttering stereotypes of Senator Obama and is therefore ill-advised.

Posted by: Stephen | August 27, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Hitler used this same imagery in his propaganda rallies. He staged massive rallies, usually in front of Greek or Roman columns draped with the nazi flag. There were thousands of fainting fanatics to cheer. Obama even made his own symbol like the Nazis did with the swastika; Obama has his "seal"...Very strange of Obama indeed.

Posted by: History Student | August 27, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

"hey Chuck, where was such "critical analysis" when we all got treated to Bush flying out to the carrier and giving a speach beneath the "Mission Accomplished" banner?"

Hey Eric, are you aware that it was not the Bush Administration that asked for that banner to be posted on the ship. It was the crew of the Abraham Lincoln . . . they posted it because THEIR mission WAS ACCOMPLISHED.

Read a little, please.

Posted by: Bandit 84 | August 27, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

i was offended that he is giving his acceptance speech in a stadium instead of the convention hall, much less the plywood columns.I was offended that Bush spent tax payers money flying to an aircraft carrier to announce "mission accomplished." I prefer to see my politicians as regular guys, bring back the Harry Truman mold and maybe I could get excited about voting for someone.

Posted by: megaphone | August 27, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Obama has not lost his mind. However, an Obama win should guarantee that Krauthammer should finally lose the rest of the little bit of brain that he has. This goes for Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Hannity, and so forth.

Posted by: Earl C | August 27, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: tniel | August 27, 2008 1:19 PM

Not only is Krauthammer a partisan Republican hack, he's a partisan Republican hack with bad grammar. There's no such verb as "coronate." A monarch is "crowned" at a coronation, Charles. Duh!

Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
cor·o·nate
1. having or wearing a crown, coronet, or the like.
2. to crown (a sovereign).


Yeah, Duh!

Posted by: hope | August 27, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Why the 50 yard line? Take the "Nom" at the 10 and try a "Hail Mary Messiah" pass - Yes he can...but will he. Make it? Thank God for our freedoms and the secret ballot. Go Big Mac the Cain who is ready to lead at the Goal Post from day one - 2008. gp

Posted by: gperry | August 27, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

From CNN:
"Cmdr. Conrad Chun, a Navy spokesman, defended the president's assertion.

"The banner was a Navy idea, the ship's idea," Chun said.

"The banner signified the successful completion of the ship's deployment," he said, noting the Abraham Lincoln was deployed 290 days, longer than any other nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in history.
""

Google *that* - if your brin is working enough to realize that Time is hardly an unbiased source, and the article they printed quoted no one, and identified no sources

Posted by: MystWlker | August 27, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Toga!
Toga!!
Toga!!!

Posted by: Toga | August 27, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Obama supporters don't realize it yet because they are blinded by their politics but Obama is a much much grater threat to our National Security, Civil Liberties and Freedom of Speech than George W. Bush could have even been. He is docile internationally, he plans to punish achievers and reward underachivers and even now he is trying to silence those who criticize him.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

All Hail our Savior OMAMA...All Hail!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

WHOSE YOUR EMPEROR?

Mike: I think that it was Nixon who aspired to be Emperor.

Kurt: Perhaps, he did want to dress White House guards in almost comic opera uniforms. He was laughed into rejecting the idea which is almost as embarrassing as John McCain's people having bands play "Anchors Away" every time he walks into a room.

Or John McCain, in defense of his houses, noting that he had kitchen tables for five years.

Which reminds me, I asked about McCain's refusal of easily release from the "Hanoi Hilton" and was told that because his father was an Admiral it would have looked really bad had McCain been released early -- an action the Romans would have been rejected as it prevented the prisoner from returning to fight the enemy once again, but that was more than a few centuries ago so perhaps times have changed somewhat since then.

Posted by: Kurt | August 27, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

This dog and pony show is a fitting tribute to creepy little man with the biggest ego in politics. Obama has done nothing in 47 years to warrant any attention and yet the media and his fanatical supporters (many who have blogged in here) can't bear the slightest criticism of this colossal fraud. And their mean-spirited attack on those who dare to speak the truth,like Charles, reminds one of the Nazi storm troopers. Of course if you can't offer an intelligent rebuttal, the next best thing is a personal attack (an old Republican trick).

Posted by: Marross | August 27, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

The last twit who spoke in a stadium to so many empty heads was some little clown in Germany with a funny mustache.

Posted by: muskrat | August 27, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Mssr.s George and Charles are two of the few intellectuals left in this country.

Posted by: HistProf | August 27, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Mile after mile of meanness and bile on this blog. A guy offers his opinion and you pigs go crazy. Anyone of you DemonRats got a functioning brain? What a waste. It seems like your mothers aborted the wrong ones.

Posted by: dukas | August 27, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

DO CRITISIZE OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Posted by: Jefferson | August 27, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

OMG!

Barack Obama and all of his handlers HAVE lost their collective minds!

They continue to push Obama as a "savior" -- even to the point of having him appear, god-like, in front of a mini-Greek temple.

This is too much!

Posted by: outinforce | August 27, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Regarding staged rallies, talk about Bush. All the staging that he has done for 8 years, most before captive military audiences should tell you something. Remember, the military is supposed to be apolitical. No president in history has staged so many events in front of military audiences. Now, tell be about Hitler again! I cannot get over the nerve of the many neocons and unenlightened who blog here. Pathetic. At least Obama does not have prescreened audiences with prescreened questions. Bush has been the most scripted president in history. If Bush had known anything at all, he would have fired his writers a long time ago. However, he cannot even read the script most of the time.

Posted by: Earl C | August 27, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Napoleon became Emperor in 1804. He seized power in frog-land on 10 Nov 1799. Just being a sphincter boy on the historical details.

Posted by: HistProf | August 27, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Go on the web and search "nazi propaganda photos" or "Mass Nazi rally photos" and you will find photos that look remarkably like what the Obama set looks like. This Mass Rally will finish Obama...

Posted by: History Student | August 27, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Wow! All this name calling of Charles Krauthammer from the addled lefties.... It's fun to watch the "big tenters" melt down over a column authored by a physically handicapped, but brilliant columnist. The best thing about CK is that he's almost always long on analysis, fact and logic, and short on name-calling and nastiness - unlike a lot of his critics here. Guess that liberal tent isn't quite inclusive enough for a fellow like him.

Posted by: Denver John | August 27, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

So do the 3000 chinese drummers come out for the finale? This sounds like it's something akin to the rise of the 4th Reich. Come to think of it, the pedantic and hyperbolic style seem strangely similar to Hitler. With criticism being made of his "celebrity" style, this Cecil B. Demil grandstanding is not the smartest thing to be doing.

Posted by: cnoname | August 27, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

"Yes we can" is a slogan created by Hugo Chavez. Follow the Chavez model from the moment he gained power to this present day and you will see Obama's vision for this country.

The Democrats held a fundraiser party last night and an ABC jornalist and his cameraman were arrested for A) Showing up at the fundraiser to report and B) Were finally arrested for refusing to leave from a public sidewalk in front of the party.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

The Bush-haters would not know a Nazi if one walked up to them on the street and bit them on the arse.

Posted by: HistProf | August 27, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Mr. Krauthammer. Is there no one in Mr. Obama's campaign who can connect him with reality? I enjoy your common sense approach to issues. I think Mr. Obama has lost his. That makes him a fitting leader of leftists worldwide.

Posted by: Bill | August 27, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

When they raise the podium, is everyone going to raise their hands and do the Obama "O-hole" salute in perfect unison, ala Beijing, or Berlin, '36?

Sieg Hole... Sieg Hole... Sieg Hole....

Posted by: John | August 27, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

A replica of Air Force One? This egomaniac really does believe he's already president and that the election is a mere formality. Even Leni Riefenstahl never went this far.

Stop and think of tinpot dictators in Africa. Lots of shiny stuff, medals all over their clothing, the flashiest most expensive car they can find... Bokassa I, anyone?

Posted by: Dan Schwartz | August 27, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Kurt, "Why is Krauthammer even published in this paper at all? He is blindly partisan and not interested in facts or analysis."

Progressives are so steeped in leftist ideology they have adopted it not only as their conventional wisdom but as their intellectual security blanket as well. They are absorbed to such a degree that exposure to any contrasting perspective is received as a direct attack on the very essence of human intelligence. Yet while fancying themselves as socially-enlightened superior-thinkers they fail to recognize that they have enveloped themselves in a cocoon of anti-intellectualism, a state where all outside thought is deemed to be either worthless or dangerous.

The presence of thinkers like Krauthammer causes unrest in their safe world, they cannot afford to look beyond their enlightenment, or beneath the surface of such a humorous article, because it disturbs their status quo and creates an uncomfortable equilibrium in their universe.

Hang on to your blankie Kurt, safe cocoons like the NYT and the Washington Post are succumbing to the demands of the market and the demand is for more exposure to people like Charles Krauthammer.

Posted by: BadCompany (CEC) | August 27, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

"But let's drop the hyperbole about Obama's inexperience and meteoric rise. John Kennedy, FDR, and Abe Lincoln were all criticized for lack of experience, it worked out well for us that we elected them."

Are you kidding me? There is absolutely no comparison between these three men (when they ran for POTUS) and Barak Obama on any level you want to name, but most critically, leadership experience. BO has absolutely zero real leadership experience, unless you count 158 days or so leading a Senate staff of sycophants.

Not so fast on JFK, as history is finally starting to point out.

As a now card carrying PUMA, I am absolutely disgusted that my party has turned its back on experience, leadership and policy expertise to instead put up a hollow rock star versus a real hero from the wrong party who has NEVER put himself ahead of the country.

Since I can't get HC, I will go with JM and sleep at night. I wish it were HC - she might have done great things...but again, she will be there in 2012 when BO bites the dust in November 2008.

Posted by: Doug | August 27, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Earl,

Obama has his teleprompters in his 'invitation only townhall' meetings. LOL. that's now, that's today. that's why he can't answer uh, a question, uh, uh if he has, uh, to anwser, uh, something that isn't, uh, prepared. Did you know he didn't talk to the press on the his anti-American plane for quite a long while. Memorizing his lines, then 'refining' his lines after he, uh, couldn't get the, uh, answer right. No wonder he's going after the high schooler vote. Heads of mush.

Posted by: California | August 27, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama & his ego trip is so out of touch with middle-class America.

He is going to get hammered by the McCain campaign & deservedly so.

Posted by: Jeff from FL | August 27, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

First, Krauthammer always hits the nail on the head and congrats to the post for publishing his opinions, although a bit anti-liberal and out-of-character for the post. That suits me. I still view Obama as somewhat of a prop for the senior dems. He has not established himself enough to justify this presidential nomination IMO. That said, he needs to spend some time in the senate to get a broader view of geo-politics and get more experience in the economic intricacies that go along with managing a huge economic system. He has not even completed one term as a senator and never governed anything! Get real! So No Obama for me. Go McCain!

Posted by: dave ludwig | August 27, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Events like this are why McCain's "One" advertisements work so well. How does a massive ego trip event like this help win the votes of angry rubes? Obama needs to ask himself that every time one of these crazy ideas pops into his head.

Posted by: Haley Rodman Clemson | August 27, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

OMG!
How dare he stand on a stage!
How dare he stand in front of a column!!
How dare he inspire people to vote!
How dare he inspire people at all!!
How dare 80,000 people listen to someone running to be leader of this county!
How dare someone running for President actually try to appear presidential!!

Posted by: Way to go righties... | August 27, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

My, my. A little "testy" aren't we?

Continue with your negatives, your put-down comments, your pessimism. It really doesn't matter. This is a MOVEMENT!!! One you or no man cannot stop!

The people aren't blind. They see what has happened to them in 8 years...and, it AIN'T pleasant. No more. There will be a change. A change for the better. McCain, definitely WON'T be a part of this change!!! Bet on it!

Posted by: mojo3 | August 27, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

You lefties need to get a new playbook. Calling Krauthammer a racist, a Nazi, hoping to push his wheelchair (with him in it) into the Tidal Basin or otherwise finding a way to silence him is such an intelligent way to deal with someone whose opinion does not match yours. It's a great strategy really and I hope it comforts you when Obama loses big time in November.

Posted by: Joanne600 | August 27, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Kids, settle down. This is just the start. You wil see far more ridiculous arguments made. Wait till McSame defends his plan to bomb Paraguay with yet another tale of his capture and torture. Charlie has never been know for his intellect, but he sells newspapers because of blogs like this. Move on people to something productive. Go door to door, throw a fundraiser or put up a sign. DO something!!

Posted by: Bamos | August 27, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

After the last eight years, I now understand how a Christian nation put a Hitler in power. Too bad that people like to revisit pictures that do not show anything like an Obama rally. It is sour grapes for a vestige of people who still adore "W." Imagine, there are people left who still love "W."

Guantanamo had its antecedent in German concentration camps. We've returned to torture with "just" cause. Keep spewing your venom, you neocons and relgious right. As for me, I live in the NT, not the OT. PTL!

Posted by: Earl C | August 27, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

you people make me laugh!

Heil Hitler!

What a bunch of lemming-dim-witted-moronic kool aid drinkers you are

Posted by: Tiger184 | August 27, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Okay, all you EgObama Robots, you can roast Charles if you want, but he has some great points. Who does EgObama think he is anyway? The who set up smacks of arrogance and an egotistical persona. Okay, you can spell it out: E-G-O-B-A-M-A. What does it spell? "EgObama", the arrogant, egotist of the 2008 presidential cycle. Fortunately, people are becoming aware of his smoke and mirrors show, as he is nothing more than a snake oil salesman.

Posted by: Dennis in Denver | August 27, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

The older Americans that understand what Nazi propaganda was will be very turned off by this Leni Riefenstahl production..it won't fly

Posted by: History | August 27, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Everyone is missing the point. The Greek Temple was for diety, false gods. I believe it is very deliberate to feed Obama's Messianic complex.

If you people hated having someone who believes in God in office, I suppose it is because you are lookiing for one. You should all be horribly afraid if The One gets in office. Iran, Russia, and Syria are all poised to bring down the West. They have been piling up aresenals of weapons for WAR. If you have any eyes to see you would see it is because they know Obama is a weak kneed girl who wants to play nice with them and is deluded into thinkinig he can persuade them with his lovely words. Or could it be HE too wants to bring down the West. EIther way, you who foolishly ignore all that is going on in the world at this very moment, are blind fools and will contribute to the demise of your own country.

Posted by: Diana | August 27, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Well then. What should we do with all the McCain pictures of him in front of columns in D.C.? Or other Republicans?

McCain and Krauty are just jealous they can't garner that much attention.

Hell hath no fury like an old man scorned.

Posted by: Suzanne | August 27, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Don't pile on Krauthammer. With 1/10 of his brain he can still smack you all down.

It's not our fault that your party picked such an egotistic, flawed candidate. Obama is not qualified to run our local animal shelter.

This is just like the Wizard of Oz.

Smoke and mirrors...lots of shiny things...that's what the left libbies are all about. Forget about substance! Look how pretty!

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!

Posted by: Sarah | August 27, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

I think it is HIGHLY inappropriate that the Washington Post would run a story by Mr. Krauthammer with such an offensive title. Allowing him to suggest that the Democratic nominee has "lost his mind" undermines the legitimacy of the Post and allows it to become a tool for extreme partisan, personal attacks.

Posted by: marvin | August 27, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Charles needs to explain why he had no criticism of the stage for George Bush accepting the nomination in 2004.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0808/Bushs_2004_temple.html?showall

Posted by: debrazza | August 27, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Well mojo3,
I think the previous poster was using negatives to make a point in favor of OB, that is, unless you are directing that to someone else. And, I am usually not a follower of "MOVEMENTS!!!". They usually make me suspicious. Just a personallity quirk I guess.

Posted by: dave | August 27, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait for some clever internet site to make the direct comparison using Nazi propaganda photos and what Obama will ook like in his rally. It will be a disaster fro Obama. It won't be able to be lived down. For weeks after the convention, there will be dabate as to why Obama made a Leni Riefenstahl propagand production! It will force Obama to spend a lot of time, money and momentum if he ever gets any from the convention) explaining this.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

The stage prop was a plan in the works for many months now. They planned to do this when he was still standing before huge crowds months ago. Their lack of foresight is unbelievable.

They have not a clue as to how this prop will be used against him in the coming months. It's as if they're in their own little world unaware of what's going on around them.

Posted by: Floridavolt | August 27, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Marvin...

don't be so phony

Dems have been demonizing our President for 8 years, calling him unspeakable things.

At least be honest when posting an objection

Posted by: Tiger184 | August 27, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

WoW, it's as if this "reporter" has never seen a FEDERAL BUILDING in his life. Heck even the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the White House, most state capital buildings and court houses all use the "greek temple" look. Moron.

Posted by: J in Denver | August 27, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

What the heck is a neocon. Nice label used to dismiss legitimate positions.

Posted by: toby | August 27, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Wow!!! Coming up on 1000 comments! That's the kind of response that'll keep the Post publishing him. Gotta luv Kraut!

Posted by: Rob Iola | August 27, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Charles is one of the biggest blowhards out there and a Republican lapdog. Don't waste your time reading this rubbish!

Posted by: Glen Holt | August 27, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Gawd in heaven give me strength! Where is the critical dialectic in name calling and historical revisionism?

Posted by: HistProf | August 27, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Barak H. Obama is no Martin Luther King. Not even close. Only thing he has in common with King is skin color. Obama is going to try and steal a great man's identity. It won't work.

Posted by: blackchick | August 27, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Why does Krauthammer always look like he's suffering from a bad case of hemorrhoids?

Posted by: Mark | August 27, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama is friends with an unrepentant terrorist--Ayers. That disqualifies him from the Oval Office. Obama started his political career in the home of a guy who bombed police stations and the Pentagon. A disgrace.

Posted by: Jane Henkins | August 27, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

I don't see where the old man is being scorned. Are you just so ignorant you have not been watching the lack of traction your messiah is getting. Instead he is slipping in the polls.

I love the Greek temple it will play out about as well as his German visit. Those who pay attention will be more than a little appalled by your man's ego.

Posted by: Ted | August 27, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Bush is not even running in this race. And the Dems know that McCain is about asmuch an Anti-Bush REpublican as they get. He isn't even liked by most conservatives. So Obama-trons use the mindless chant.McCain is like Bush...That is why they are so afraid...they know McCain is moderate and best leader for this country at this point!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Krauthammer on this one. Look, Obama needs to give us substance at this point, not more celebrity. I watched Hillary's speech last night and was impressed. She gave us a lot of substance, though, which is one thing Obama has not done much of. More "hope, change" is not going to help him make the sale to middle America. This Greek temple thing smacks of hubris.

Sure, the GOP and prior Dem conventions have also had showmanship, but this is beyond belief. The guy really is coming across as having a swelled head.

And I don't think it's racist to say that Obama is not perfect and he makes mistakes - because all human beings make mistakes!

A lot of people I know who won't vote for Obama would have voted for Colin Powell in a heart beat. Powell had an incredible record of accomplishment, however. Obama is an impressive man in many ways, but he doesn't seem to get that many of us want to hear the details of his policy plans.

Posted by: Shefali | August 27, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Someone might try to look in NObama's ear to see if he not only has his teleprompters but also a mic to hear what he's supposed to say. And YES, he is the product of the senior Congressional demonRats. Remember his speech in 2004 and who promoted him to the press.
Change to what?
When the demons lose, what how will they act? Probably worse than they have the last 7.5 years. I love libs.....
your pal Clintoon? He had a Republican majority in Congress and wants to take credit for the bills they forced him to sign. oops. Obama will potentially have a veto proof Congress. THAT is frightening. Good luck Marists, I'm going to sit back and watch you implode reaching for mediocrity. Then who will you blame???

Posted by: California | August 27, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who doesn't vote for McCain is guilty of age discrimination! Dems hate old people and want them to die so they don't need to pay their Social Security!

Posted by: Bill Clinton | August 27, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

All of you who are so apoplectic that Charles Krauthammer speaks truth about your messiah feel the need to personally attack him. If you think he is such a hack give a listen to the two hours of the Munk Debates in May when he CLEANED SAMANTHA POWERS 'clock. He is the most cogent and intelligent analyst out there and what have you got - Keith Olbermann?

Posted by: Kate | August 27, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Let Obama enjoy the faux Washington stage set. It's the closest he's ever going to come to the real thing.

Posted by: Al | August 27, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer get a life. In 2004 Bush's nomination speech was before "greek looking" columns as well. Check this out: http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0808/Bushs_2004_temple.html?showall

Once you see the American flag bunting, you'll realize that Washington D.C. has a lot of buildings that kind of look like Greek Temples.

No way, no how, NO MCCAIN! Go Obama!

Posted by: Kirk | August 27, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Obama has made many mistakes. He is set to commit another one.

It'll be interesting to see what kind of bounce he will get after this. I predict the bounce will be a negative one.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Obama's antics and theatrics are reminiscent of Nazi rallies. Why does Obama feel the need to use such fascist tactics? This should be a wake up call for all clear thinking people, especially Jewish Americans.

Posted by: Mark | August 27, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

So really up-chuck how does it feel to be part of a dying movement (Neo-con) or a party that smells worse than a five day old dead fish in the summer sun? Soon all these coward a$$wipes that you support will be back under their rocks or in jail and hopefully people like you who offer nothing good with your negative crap and your lies and spin will go and use your skills where the belong, in a supermarket rag sheet. That will be a great day as well. So until that day comes, Chuck do us all a favor and never look both ways before you step off into traffic. I'm sure there is a bus with your name on it.

Posted by: wolf | August 27, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

After not a word of criticism about Kind George, Krauthammer has a lot of nerve complaining that the people's choice is an "emperor." Bush could fill a stadium with people glad to see him go, that's for sure.

Posted by: Sara B. | August 27, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse


To be fair to the author, he is on the pay roll of Fox News. He is dutifully obliged to write as he does in futility, mindful that at the end of the day, he could never run for political office successfully at any level. His contempt for a successful and desitny fulfilling Presidential nominee Obama, will become an irrelevsnt footnote in history come 5th November. He is as Shakespere will agree.." a lesser man prattling on the deeds of a great man"..

Posted by: George | August 27, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

What I think is telling is that most of the comments posted during business hours are from lazy ,liberal obama supporters. And most of the comments posted after the work day is over are from Krauthammer supporters. Why don't all you lazy liberal democrats get a job and stop living off of the rest of us that produce.

Posted by: Jlo | August 27, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Obama Dissed Hillary...Period!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Charles - exactly what I was thinking.
Now we have to wonder, what will people like the hate driven liberals on this blog do if they lose the election? Will we hear more - stole the election, not my President and additional slogans from the past. What happened to the 'recreate 68'? Oh, Nixon won. oops. People WANT a recession/depression. How can anyone WANT to do that to their country? Guess what, rates will drop and tax rates will go down. Econ 101.

Posted by: California | August 27, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama hates Women (his propagand campain against Hillary to destroy her and Bill) and he hates Old people...his total disrespect for Mr. McCain

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

You just gotta love these libs.

When presented with the facts they retreat behind their uber-name calling skills.

Ooohh, me skared!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous, McCain "the moderate" voted for whatever Bush wanted 95% of the time. As Casey said, some Maverick . . . he's a sidekick! Clone. The McBush twins will be in St. Paul.

Posted by: Sara B. | August 27, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Mark you asked why Mr. Krauthammer looks like he always has hemoroids? Well - you ignorant hateful little scumbag - Mr. Krauthammer is disabled and sufferred from a disease that has partially paralyzed him. I hope you don't believe in karma!

Posted by: Mark | August 27, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Sara B., facts please

We want facts not rhetoric.

Please show the bills that you are quoting or at least list them.

Um, hmm

thought so

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

To use a Reaganism "There he goes again" -- making himself appear larger than life, spending millions of dollars to ride up in a Presidential Plane and talking from the Parthenon. I know that Hillary nor McCain would never stand for any of this nonsense. What Obama will succeed in doing with this Idol Show appearance is driving a bigger wedge between himself and average Americans who are struggling to pay gas bills, grocery bills, and keep up with the mortgage payments. You know, the people he needs to convince he's "one of them" to win. But wait, they're too bitter to watch - so they are clinging to guns and religion. You just gave the election away bro' and it serves you and your arrogant staff right. You who are supposed to be the "great uniter" can't even unite your own party. Words... just words...

Posted by: JUST THE FACTS MA'M | August 27, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Chuckie -- would you please go jump in another pool? And take your pal Joe Lieberman (R-Israel) with you?

Posted by: Jeff Wagner | August 27, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

To Earl C - you are drinking kool aide. It is a well known fact that Obama carefully selects those who sit in the audience behind him. He makes sure that Muslim women with headscarfs are NOT in the audience. (There has even been a lawsuit filed in that particular case.) Your comment regarding Bush and the Military is nonsense. Your hatred towards Republicans in unbecoming. You are misinformed. You are brainwashed. Obamba is not a unifier. He is a Marxist. He is a radical. He does not have one, not one moderate longtime supporter. They are either felons or Marxists. My word, Ayers began Obama's political journey. Ayer's famous words, "Guilty as hell, free as a bird." Ayers was and is a Terrorist and proud of it. I am using present tense because Ayers is not repentant or remorseful of the violence he committed.
We have Rev. Wright and Obama's TWENTY (20) Year long relationship with that nut case. We have Rezko and his financing of Obama MILLION Home. We have an Illinois Senate voting record where Obama showed no leadership. We have a junior Senator with NO legislative success running for POTUS. Obama is the MOST liberal Senator. Obama NEVER crossed the aisle and worked with the Republicans. And yet he has you and your fellow Democrats brainwashed that, The One, is a unifier. Hate to tell you this but that is a lot of horse manure.

Posted by: tothewestbetrue | August 27, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Bush is not running for president. His term is over in a few months. But some people have developed a mental illness from their Bush hatred and are willing to put a complete novice in the most powerful office in the world just because he is new.

His closest allies through the years speak volumes about who will be pulling his strings. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Posted by: Arizona | August 27, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama will lose this election because he thinks he's running against Bush while objective people know that Bush is not a candidate.

He has so little on McCain that he has chosen not to confront him. We saw this before with Hillary starting when she won Texas & Ohio.

He has a knack for ignoring his opponent and will be percieved as a weak leader by those who are undecided.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Krauthammer has more intelligence than a stadium full of liberals.
Cry in your green tea, wear your hemp togas, and watch out you wimps - a real patriot will win in November, John McCain.

Posted by: TypicalWhitePerson | August 27, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

The only thing more incredulous than Mr. Krauthammer's piece is the reactionary response of all the hopeful Marxist parasites who want Barry O. to be president so they can line up at feeding trough of big government spending.

Barry O is desperate and this stunt proves it. The concensus of polling data show McCain gaining ground in almost every locality and among almost all voter groups. And with the convention and his selection of Joe Biden (where the hell did he get that lousy hair transplant job??), he should be bouncing in the polls.

Barry O, a cohort of terrorist Willie Ayers, a chump of convicted felon Tony Rez, a good buddy of Louie F. (who still advocates that black people murder white people) is losing ground and will lose the election.

Posted by: StanfordBSchool | August 27, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama Supporters: Don't tear up Krauthammer for telling the truth. If you don't see it, you're blind or in denial. This entire campaign is smoke and mirrors, and what most frightening about it is, you Obama freaks are buying into it without question. You probably think that the X-files isn't fiction, and reality shows are true reality. Come out of your denial and see what's in front of you. Obama Campaign equals bold faced lies and hype. I don't like McCain, but at least I know what we get if he's elected. NONE of you know what you're going to get with Obama. He's a sneaky ruthless politician and nothing more.

Posted by: William J. Clinton | August 27, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Hi Sara, Like your name. Perhaps he voted with Bush because Bush was right about the things he agreed with. Bush hatred is effecting your ability to reason.

Posted by: Sara | August 27, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Barack has been slowly sinking since March. He continues to show how unready he is to manage a lemonade stand, much less the presidency. Last week he threw away his last chance for victory, by not selecting Hilary as his VP. I used to like him, believed in him, but he just keeps getting smaller. Soon he will disappear beneath the waves for good. Chuck K is just stating the obvious about this nowhere man.

Posted by: Clay Spann | August 27, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Oh come on Sara B. McCain has been bucking Bush for, well, maybe not 8 years, but close to it. Maverick maybe not the best description, but following his principles, using his vast experience and building a case and consensus is his strength. There is so much that occurs out of the view of the media's sometimes biased watchful eye. Most americans never see most of the behind-the-scenes work that some dedicated elected officials pursue without fanfare. John McCain knows how to get things done.

Posted by: dave | August 27, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Charles sure has hit a nerve. Although I'm a partisan of Obama I can see how much he's overreaching. Keep it up Mr. Krauthammer.

Posted by: Rochester | August 27, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Dr. K's analysis is always very cogent. The fellow with the first comment, Kurt, is he not sure his last name isn't really Olbermann?

Posted by: Dan Amend | August 27, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

While they are busy building their quasi-Greek temple, the DNC operatives might want to look up another Greek word-"hubris."

Posted by: Ellen K | August 27, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

The Roman Temple makes me think of "the Life of Brian" and the scene before Pilate where the Roman guards have a laugh attack.

Barackus Obamacus

Rated R humor

http://spikedhumor.com/articles/21324/Monty-Python-s-LIfe-Of-Brian-Biggus-Dickus.html

Posted by: Richard Edward | August 27, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

I think that Obamas set-up is very creepy!! Its interesting to me that so many people that post on this site are so angry and hateful.

Posted by: Monica | August 27, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Good one Dan Amend. I actually had the same reaction when I heard about the temple
as Dr. K.

First he puts his name in the presidential seal, then he tours the world with a big speech in Germany that was laughable, he takes the American flag off of his plane, I guess because he really wants to be president of the world. Now a Greek temple reserved for diety, which they are trying to say now is a replica of buildings in Washington because of the flack. The guy is shameless and has no sense of decorum whatsoever.

Posted by: Diana | August 27, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Ah, that must explain why 60% of Jewish Americans consistently vote Democratic while only 10% vote Republican.

It's that "self-loathing" thing, right?

_____________________________________________

No. It's that "Utter Stupidity" thing.

Posted by: Bob Kaye

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

So you think that Jewish American are utterly stupid?

Interesting.

And not hard to see why you're a Republican.

Posted by: pali2500 | August 27, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Because Liberals are incapable of making moral and critical judgments (believing these things to be "bigoted") they are, like children, impressed both with spectacle and peer pressure. Being "popular" is more important than being right, looking good more important being good. Democrats are creatures of fad and fancy -- one year Joe Lieberman is GOD the next year they hate his guts, one year Hillary Clinton is The One the next year she can go to hell (and accused of being a "racist." Today the tall one with the pretty voice who acts as if he's a greek god is the guy, last time it was Howard Yeee-ha Dean. Next time they'll hate Obama because he's "so yesterday, man..."

Posted by: Evan Sayet | August 27, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

How wonderfully entertaning to read hysterical, hate filled comments from the "tolerant" left. Your candidate is doing it to himself and you are too caught up in the whole show to see it. But then, you don't generally see much beyond your own noses. You're too busy feeling intelectually superior and patting yourselves and each other on the back. Krauthammer just happens to be one of the best commentators of our time, and dead right on this one. Glad to see the WP reader comments remain solidly out of touch with reality.

Posted by: Amused | August 27, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

It is sad how hate-filled the political left has become. The comments here prove it. Are you really so intolerant of free speech that you would like to see the handicapped writer drowned in the Tidal Basin in his wheelchair? None of you are heirs to the Democratic Party I knew.

Meanwhile, I am going to have a tough time voting for a demigod addressing his minions from the "barack-opolis." You dummies are alienting the sane wing of the party - at least what's left of us.

Posted by: Old Reagan Democrat | August 27, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Excellent article and indeed food for thought. I am a dyed-in-the-wool liberal democrat and I am not sold on Obama because of his smug arrogance and overboard sense of entitlement. In reality Obama is more of the same, as he has already proven in the Senate after his coronation in the primaries. I will vote for any Democrat. He is too much like chalk screeching on the blackboard, however.

Posted by: SaintIgnatius | August 27, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks the Washington Post is a conservative paper needs to wake up. You must also think the DailyKos is fair and balanced.
Eugence Robinson and Dana Milbank anybody? Liberals, in the tank for obama.

Posted by: Ben | August 27, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer is brilliant, his analysis is fair, and yes he does sometimes say positive things about Obama, its just there is not a lot to say that is positive.

Posted by: Patrick B | August 27, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

If the best the lefties can do here is compare BO to Bush, that`s not saying much for BO!

Quite simply, BO`s a meglomaniac who needs to be stopped...in our history, no one, and I mean no one, has ever accomplished so little...and, yet, thinks so highly of himself...as God`s savior to the world and so on!...

It`s becoming increasingly obvious that BO is not only a danger to himself...but also to the nat. security of this country!...apparently, he thinks he can get away with anything...like he has up to now this election cycle...why, he even thinks that he can talk to our radically insane terrorists/enemies with no preconditions...he must be defeated at the polls to put an end to his pathetic theatrics, etc, for good!

Oh yeah...almost forgot...there`s one HUGE thing BO has done to deserve all this attention, allowed him to lie and cheat his way to the dem. nom., pay off SD`s for their votes, go unvetted by just about everyone up to now, and to be loved by the Press and certain other countries in the world...and why the guy can get away with just about anything he says or does!...

He was born black!!!

Posted by: justme819 | August 27, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

how about pharoah? i heard farrakhan say the ancient egyptians were black. if that is true then that means they held the jews as slaves.

Posted by: gunclinger | August 27, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I just hope all you loony left posters here don't burn down your towns when Hussein Obama loses. You will probably blame that on Bush too. McCain will win in a landslide.

Posted by: the Realist | August 27, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Oommmmmmbama, Oommmmmmbama, Oommmmmmbama.

Posted by: Rob Diego | August 27, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama is just an elitist and arrogant human being. All about him sounds like a guy that thinks that he is really God on Earth,a fascist for the 21th century. The problem is that there are millions of people blind. I'm a democrat but not blind! Don't blame me if you elect Obama and he burned America while playing his violin....

Wake up America!

Posted by: RickyTampa | August 27, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Charlie boy is losing it. He hates the idea that we will have a President who is intelligent, respects women, can put two sentences together and will think before he acts. And at least we will not be having Liberman or Graham (one of the closeted R-gays) standing along side whispering into our President's ear as we would have with McCain. Oh, and good-bye neo-cons. McCain is still living in the 60s, along with his stepford wife. America deserves a President for the 21st Century.

Posted by: diana | August 27, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

This guys ego is going to destroy his chances for potus. This guy has bought into the "messiah" theme hook, line, & sinker...

Total elitist attitude on display by a rookie Senator from Illinois; a man with no recorded accomplishments of any kind, and he wants us all to believe he is "the one"...

Posted by: Skelton | August 27, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Fantasizing about pushing his wheelchair over a cliff? Calling him the result of "ADA affirmative action"? Wow, the Democrats truly are the party of the sensitive, liberal, and enlightened.

If this were a bar and not a comment thread, and I overheard one of you make a crack like that about a person with a disability, I'd knock your teeth down your throat.

Posted by: Matt20005 | August 27, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

No matter what the WaPo says, I am sick, plain sick of the Obama workshop. Who the hell does he think he is? The press, internet and kids 18-35 will probably elect him as POTUS. That will be great because they can all pay out of THEIR pocketbooks for the programs that Obama wants to push through and I can sit back, as a senior citizen, and finally reap the benefit. If these kids elect Obama, they deserve to pay - and hopefully he will reinstate the draft too. God knows we need it. I'll be sitting in my rocking chair laughing my ass off.

Posted by: Katrina | August 27, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm just sick of Obama. I voted for Hillary and there will be no unity for me and my parents. We are all voting for McCain. PUMA all the way.

Posted by: Eric-PA | August 27, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

That's so true justme! The years of affirmative action brain washing are showing up in the most critical office in our nation at the most critical time ever. A very unqualied candidate passed by all much better qualified candidates because of the guilt ridden liberal conscience.

It's not that he is black I have a problem with, it's because he is unqualified but there because he is black. There are many other blacks that would be better suited for the position.

The funny thing is, he is not a victim of slavery and has less black blood than he does Arab blood by far and his people were not slaves but owned slaves. How gullible people are. None of these facts will ever hit the media.

Posted by: Texas | August 27, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Charles K. is absolutely correct to report (and comment on) the latest Obama ego trip.

God save the United States if this unprepared, arrogant nut-job gets elected President.

Among myriad bad things, it will mean that every one who has blogged on this piece will have less money in their wallet or purse one year from now.

Posted by: PoliticalPuck | August 27, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

My bet is that come November, when Obama loses the election,that most people will agree that Kraut's take on Obama was right on.

Posted by: Calie Stephens | August 27, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer like other "white" so called journalists can't understand how a black man could go this far in politics in such a short time. If this was Colin Powell or the whites favorite black Clarence Thomas they would be making other excuses as to why they aren't qualified. Please give the man his due, he beat the people the RepubliCONS couldn't and they can't stand it.

Posted by: Scott | August 27, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

The neocons, including Krauthammer have caused more dissention and hatred than anyone since Hitler. We need a leader who cares about all Americans not the top 1 percent of the economic ladder. We need a leader who appreciates that diplomacy is preferable to war. We need a president who can remember the names of countries and how many houses he owns.

Posted by: cdgainesville | August 27, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama has a cult of personality going for him, that is for sure.

Is it not unprecedented. Other Americans have been bathed in that kind of aura, JFK, MLK, FDR, etc. Except that with all those others there was one difference. They only began to walk on water after their passing. They became demigods in hindsight. In their lifetime they usually received plenty of brick bats.

Martin Luther King for example. In the year before his assassination he was dismissed as an old lady, a has been, an Uncle Tom. The black intelligentsia and black militants had turned on him. They flocked to Mohammed X King's chief rival. Harlem mocked and ridiculed MLK. Towards the end Kings principal stalwarts, apart from his inner circle, were the ladies of the NAACP and B'nai B'rith who had his picture on their walls and still sent him chunks of their wages. The larger black community had turned its back, until he was killed. Then King quickly became a mythic figure adored by millions.

Obama beats King by a mile in being wildly popular in his lifetime. He is idolized now, before having achieved anything. He was unknown before this year. His candidacy has suddenly made good part of the nation euphoric. That he has no experience, no achievements no real qualifications for the White House has been forgotten.

Maybe that is why this cult of personality is encouraged. He can't like any other job applicant, rely on his curriculum vitae. To pass he needs to come floating in on a cloud.

In ancient days Romans and Egyptian leaders overcame their shortcomings by pretending to be to be living gods. Hitler and STalin, Mao and Fidel Castro turned themselves into cult figures so as to be irrefutable, infallible, so that even their most outrageous actions would be accepted without question question.

We in this country have always sneered at such quackery. Since the day when the colonists kicked out George III Americans have like to deflate rather than puff up our leaders. This Obama idolization is something new. It is truly un-American.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Maybe The One isn't the Messiah after all? Maybe he's just another run of the mill Greek God? Maybe that's what America has been waiting for. Their own Greek God. Pity the Democrats. They live in a world of cheap t.v. series.

Posted by: tinydancer | August 27, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

get a splashy set, use thrilling pyrotechnics, ramp up your sound..works for mediocre entertainers.

Posted by: Jill | August 27, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

This journalist is an incompetent fool. A childish article, stupidly argued and with vapid content. It is very strange that a national newspaper (or anybody) pays an individual to churn out this kind of utter drivel. Foolish fellow.

Posted by: Hermann Stauffel | August 27, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

I think this Krauthammer (and the rest of you who agree with him) is a nut case. Do you believe he can really tell what the structure in that stadium really looks like from a birds-eye view and with all those tarp cover? Besides, its not even done yet (unless he has a copy of the shop drawings). The fact that this is the only issue he can raise about the Obama event tomorrow, just proves to show the republicans (he's definitely a mouthpiece) are bankrupt of substantial issues to debate is this election.

GO Obama!!!

Posted by: luminax | August 27, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

The 8:35 PM post was mine. I overlooked the name box.

Posted by: nacl | August 27, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Tell McSame he needs to hurry and spend money on his childish ads before the convention starts next week. I hope he can use his measley 85 million wisely going forward. How do you say tidal wave in "ebonics".

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Charles - you are exactly correct. And it is absolutely hilarious how you have gotten their goats - the faithful readers of the Washington Post. They just can't take it! Can't wait to see Obama show up in his toga with the boxwood wreath on his head. Great theatre! LOL!!!

Posted by: Jillian | August 27, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Mr. K has excellent insights.

Senator Obama's record is paper thin but his ego is a 1000 miles wide. The cult of Obama is creepy.

Posted by: mark | August 27, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

I love it when the left gets rattled. Fun to watch. The screeching and hatefulness toward Dr. K. Like a vampire who has been exposed to the sunlight.

Posted by: Funnystuff | August 27, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Texas wrote:

That's so true justme! The years of affirmative action brain washing are showing up in the most critical office in our nation at the most critical time ever. A very unqualied candidate passed by all much better qualified candidates because of the guilt ridden liberal conscience.

It's not that he is black I have a problem with, it's because he is unqualified but there because he is black. There are many other blacks that would be better suited for the position.

The funny thing is, he is not a victim of slavery and has less black blood than he does Arab blood by far and his people were not slaves but owned slaves. How gullible people are. None of these facts will ever hit the media.

100% CORRECT ASSESSMENT, TEXAS.

Posted by: SPRING RAIN | August 27, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

The left and their hate, political correctness and their constant bashing of the war effort is what turned me off from the Democratic party.

I'm still a registered Democrat and I was one of those enamored with Obama but that was early real early on in the primaries when he was still seen as the underdog. But all that has changed now after I saw Obama for who he really was.

I'm voting for McCain because I can no longer support a party that apologizes & defends the actions muslim radicals and a party where those who support these actions behave worse than those who run it.

Posted by: Recovering Democrat | August 27, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer is right - the adulation of the Messiah is getting a little creepy, especially when the Messiah is a far left-wing empty suit who has never done anything useful in government except give good speeches to the adoring masses. This seems all too much like Triumph of the Will (Hitler, 1935).

Posted by: Donald Large | August 27, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

As they say in Texas, Obama's ALL hat and NO cow ... you can wear a big friggin hat in that stadium!

Posted by: occam | August 27, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

What is really interesting about the Obamites is their blind devotion to someone selling a whole bunch of nothing, selling 'bringing people together", something he has never done, selling "we are who we have been waiting for", which essentially means nothing, selling his undying comapassion for others in need, when in fact his personal charity contributions are a pitance compared to just abut anyones else's (it's that ever generous and compassionate thing about the the dems, as long as someone else is footing the bill!), selling being so devoted to his children, while in reality he is very much at home with infanticide. I will admit I am a conservative and biased, but this guy is a whole lot of nothing good, and in fact a self absorbed narcisist, and there is still a sucker born every minmute and most of them are in Denver this week!!!

Posted by: swdsaenz@sbcglobal.net | August 27, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

to luminex: It is not only Krauthammer commenting on this. ABC News also ran a report headlined as follows, "ABC News: Greek Tragedy". Not only that TWO (2) democrats are quoted as saying the following, "This is a disaster of mythical proportions."

Another said, "It's not enough that he wants to be president -- he wants to be Zeus." Said the first: "Will he send down thunderbolts from the mountain?"

Now what is going in Obama's favor, everyone is complaining about this and in the end on TV the temple will just look like a bunch of columns with flags and flowers in front of them. So it will end up being a fuss over nothing.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

I think a celebrity has the right to any kind of stage set up they want. That's why they're called celebrities!

Posted by: Joe | August 27, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Luminax wrote:

I think this Obama (and the rest of you who agree with him) is a nut case. It was really great that Krauthammer could tell what the structure in that stadium really looks like from a birds-eye view and with all those tarp covers on it and still be kind enough to share that information with us. It's not even done yet, it's so monstrous! (maybe Krauthammer got a copy of the shop drawings). The fact that he would raise this hugely important issue about the Obama event tomorrow, just proves to show the democrats, and particularly that worthless Pelosi/Dean duo (those two are definitely a mouthpiece for Obama) are bankrupt of substantial issues to debate is this election.

GO McCain/Romney 08!!!

Posted by: Spring Rain | August 27, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama is playing right into McCain's hands. Look at how the polls have tightened since McCain started labeling Obama as The One, the Celebrity, the Messiah, etc.

Good grief. The Democrats have officially lost their minds.

Posted by: SRD | August 27, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

At firsst I was surprised that people did not understand that there is a disconnect in the Obama candidacy. The man has done nothing in his life but move from one position to another to further his own prospects.

Self promotion is the American Way granted, but to aspire to be leader of the United States when you have nothing to justify this

This nomination would give pause even to PT Barnum. Mr. Krauthammer is pointing out what is obvious to thoughtful people. Obama has a profound character flaw and coupled with his charisma he is a danger to our future.

Posted by: notassmartasyou | August 27, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama & the Democratic party may have lost the support of ABC News when they had their reporter and cameraman arrested in front of the DNC fundraiser party last night.

Look for ABC to start playing hardball with Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Nuremburg in 1934 will have had nothing on Denver in 2008. I hope the organizers will hand a torch to everyone to illustrate this power cult of personality. Few know what this guy really believes. I just hope that the day of reckoning won't be too painful

Posted by: JT | August 27, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Anon-REALLY? OH, HOW SWEET! ABC NEWS-TURN YOUR ATTACK DOGS ON THAT WORTHLESS SOB AND HIS DEMOGOGIC LENI RIEFENSTAHL LIKE SPECTACLE TOMORROW AND BLOW HIS WORTHLESS A SS RIGHT OUT OF THE WATER!

Posted by: SPRING RAIN | August 27, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

If ABC News is right that this is a "Greek Tragedy," I have the feeling that the American people will have to handle the tragedy part while Obama handles the toga part of the deal. Some tradeoff!

Posted by: ED | August 27, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Krauthammer, you are an excellent mouthpiece of the Republican Party: no solutions for the issues facing our country, a miserable track record and the strategy to win an election is to use personal, negative attacks...Bravo! Keep it up!

Posted by: intercontinentaldude | August 27, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

I think you mean "promulgated," smarty.

Posted by: Webster | August 27, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Some of you people are really just plain rude. the "partisan: "neocon" Charles Krauthamer is paid for op-ed pieces just like people like Maureen Dowd, who would never stoop to ad hominem attacks, Paul Krugman - that great voice of reason, the late Molly Ivins whose biting wit was never mean-spirited or over-the-top, or countless other liberal left voices who always managed to give President Bush his props. What!? You mean they were as one-sided (or moreso) than a curmudgeon like CK? How can that be? Liberal writers always treasure reason, bipartisanship, responsible prose to be part of their craft. Look across the opinion section for the other 10 voices that spew the vile you prefer. It's what we conservatives have been told to do for years - if you don't like what you're reading, listening to, or watching don't read it, listen to it, or change the channel.

Posted by: Brad, Leonard, Tx | August 27, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

I think everyone needs to take a look at Bush's backdrop in 2004 before they get all giddy about Krauthammer's diary entry.

http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/08/bush_hearts_greek_columns.php

Posted by: MIke from Arlington | August 27, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

It's coming. Prepare yourselves. The Third Term of W. The Democrats once again showed the world that they are the loser party. The only way they could lose this year was to elect a black... muslim... who thinks he's bigger than Zeus. No bounce for Biden. No convention bounce yet. McCain's going with Romney, who will run circles around the plagerist/hairplugs/motor mouth. Get ready for mass suicide. George W. Bush, unlike Bill Clinton, is going to elect his successor.

Posted by: HedgeHog | August 27, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

i agree. why is this guy even published in this paper or anywhere for that matter. what a hack. what an imbecile. obama keeps on message and the right wing is going nuts because he isn't changing his tactics. they are frantic that obama doesn't listen to them and cave in. he should do this, he should do that, he is too inexperienced, he is too.......whatever. in the end, he is running the most disciplined campaign and he's running against idiots and fear-mongers with nothing more than what this guy writes. lies, non-issues and personal attacks.

Posted by: speakingwheat | August 27, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Will he be wearing a toga and a wreath???

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

I used to laugh when some conservative called Obama the "anti-Christ." Now, when I see him building his own Greek or Roman type temple to speak to us, I have to admit that maybe there is some kind of truth to the concern that Obama wants to style himself as some sort of much larger than life, Christ alternative, type of figure. He doesn't seem to just want to be president of the U.S.

Can all the many Obama believers say anything to convince concerned people that all he wants is just this high U.S. office versus some kind of world leadership role?

Posted by: Alfred | August 27, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

pull out the archives and take another look at Bush's podium at the 2004 Convention at Madison Square Garden

Posted by: Jack | August 27, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Not sure about the reference to Hitler and Nuremburg. Despite his loathsome ideology, Hitler did get the trains to run on time.

Obama is more reminiscent of Mussolini or Peron. It is comical the way this modern-day Pied Piper has the children and childish so enthralled. Adults understand that most "change" is not for the better. Weimar Germany needed a messiah and it got one. Czarist Russia desperately needed change. They sure got it.

Whatever McCain's shortcomings, Pelosi and Reid will check him. Who will be there to check the "One we have been waiting for"?

Posted by: Cincinnati Rick | August 27, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Obama is being ridiculed beyond belief and it hasn't even happened yet.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Of course, Bush accepted his nomination in 2004 in front of Greek columns, too:

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0808/Bushs_2004_temple.html

Which shows how utterly stupid this whole topic is...

ABC News and Washington Post should both be embarrassed to even be discussing this. Not sure Krauthammer is capable of shame, however.

Posted by: Nuiloa | August 27, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer must be on to something because all of the left wing fascists on this board are whining, crying and slobbering on themselves.

Posted by: rpalt | August 27, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

To mike from Arlington: Bush was President of the United States of America in 2004. Obama is to date is JUST a Jr. Senator who has just been nominated to run for POTUS. That dear Mike is the difference. He has no legislative successes. He NEVER crossed the aisle to meet Republicans halfway.

Obama is Third generation Marxist. His grandfather was a Marxist, his daughter, Stanley, was a Marxist and Obama is a Marxist. He is the most liberal Senator in the Senate. Biden ranks third

Posted by: tothewestbetrue | August 27, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

If you go to the Roman ruins of Leptis Magna in northern Libya on the north African coast, you can see not a temple but a theater almost exactly in the form of that from which Obama will accept his candidacy. Is there an excessively grandiose, maybe even a Moslem link here? It is certainly weird, and scarcely American, choice IMHO. I thought only Nazis did things like this!

Posted by: Osservatore | August 27, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama - what a waste. I can't stand the man and not because he is black, but because he is just plain unprepared. McCain will blow him out of the water in November. He can talk the talk - but can't walk the walk - that's Obama. The Dems are nuts. I was a Dem until they pushed Hillary out of the way for this god that they created. 18,000,000 votes for Hillary - I'll bet less than half will vote for Obama. PUMA - get out there and make yourselves known.

Posted by: Stevie | August 27, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Gawllllllleeee Mother Machree, look at all the righteous Obamaniacs who're posting from every state in the Union--all 57 of them. ;)

Posted by: MarkJ | August 27, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

It's laughable how the knee-jerk leftists in the narrow-minded Beltway environs are so quick to be offended by someone who does not share their illusion of Obamamania. Obviously, rascim must be the cause!

Never mind that the guy has never accomplished anything, has no understanding of the public sector, never run a company or organization of any size, is embarrasingly ignorant of basic economics, and has no substantive programs to offer beyond a good speech. Or that he selects a running mate that has even less real-world experience than he does.

The veneer is wearing off, folks.

Posted by: JB | August 27, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse


Let Obama look like the "Chosen One" that he has portrayed himself to be...it just makes it easier to beat him. When the biggest thing he has done to date is a speach in Germany...he is the wrong guy! I'm one of the one's in McCain's camp...and I have been opposed to McCain most of his career. HE IS THE BEST CHOICE...HANDS DOWN.

Posted by: CB | August 27, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope that people come to their senses by November and see through the paper thin resume of this man who considers himself the savior of the world.

Posted by: jpg | August 27, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama deserves all the pageantry. He is going to be the first black president in the most powerful country in the world. He seems to consider himself more popular or powerful than any of the Messiah before him.

Posted by: danie jarvis | August 27, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

I think everyone needs to take a look at Bush's backdrop in 2004 before they get all giddy about Krauthammer's diary entry.

http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/08/bush_hearts_greek_columns.php


Posted by: Mike from Arlington | August 27, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Election Day is coming and the Democrats will be crying in their beer when the idiot they nominated is up-ended in one of the biggest Election Day upsets in our history. The shine is wearing off of the trophy. People are finally seeing through Obama's lies, his damning of American through Rev. Wright and the goodness of his buddy Bill Ayers. He panders and panders. Someone who makes $4M/year and his wife makes $300K/year is not just like you and me.

Posted by: Election Day | August 27, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

To mike from Arlington: Bush was President of the United States of America in 2004. Obama is to date is JUST a Jr. Senator who has just been nominated to run for POTUS. That dear Mike is the difference. He has no legislative successes. He NEVER crossed the aisle to meet Republicans halfway.

Obama is Third generation Marxist. His grandfather was a Marxist, his daughter, Stanley, was a Marxist and Obama is a Marxist. He is the most liberal Senator in the Senate. Biden ranks third

Posted by: tothewestbetrue | August 27, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

The lord god OBAMA must have a temple so those who come out to watch him can pay homage and be sure they are seeing the real Messiah!

What an inexperienced, pretentious, power hungry marxist-leninist.

All you children of OBAMA go to his shrine, pray to him and he shall deliver change, of the worst kind!!

Posted by: Allen, ND | August 27, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Aw, shut up, Krautfurter. You don't have a leg to stand on.

Oops ... sorry.

Posted by: Nordstrom | August 27, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse


A leopard never changes it's spots. Obama has based his simplified worldview on classic communist idea. Tax everybody that contributes to society and make sure any innovation is discouraged. Just like the left is still pissed that Reagan sunk the Sovjet Union, they hate the individual that can sustain him/herself without the help of the givernment.

The libs harbor such a hatred for the free market that the world would rather prefer a Sovjet-Gulag to a Repulican USA.
(And spare me the pathetic comparisons to Hitler and/or Stalin, they just confirm the endless historical nihilism within their ranks).

Ariel

Posted by: Ariel | August 27, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

On second thought, maybe a man whose nomination alone could mystically could mark the point when "the rise of the oceans began to slow" deserves to be enthroned in the pantheon.

The wonderful think about Barack Obama is that he takes the higher ground - he never allows himself to get bogged down in discussing any divisive issues. So stop asking him to discuss them. He wants you to know that he agrees with you, whoever you are.

So stop bothering him, and get on board! We'd love to have you! Here, have some Kool-Aid.

Posted by: JB | August 27, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Charles Krauthammer, for just coming out and saying how silly and pretentious Barack Obama must be. He substitutes style for substance. No wonder why the Hollywood elites love him so.

Posted by: mbabbitt | August 27, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Never did I think I would see anyone try to outdo what I did in Nuremburg and Berlin.

But, Gott in Himmel, it has actually happened! The Demo Party Rally will actually outdo the sheer grandeur of the party rallies in Germany. Wunderbar!

Someone suggested that this staging will make Obama look presidential.

It won't you know.

Posted by: Leni Reifenstahl | August 27, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

What is this? Got anything better to write about, Krauthammer?

Posted by: Herunar | August 27, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

For all you Krauthammer bashers - the man is brilliant whether you agree with him or not. Remember the debate he had?

"Samantha Power and Richard Holbrooke continued this proud liberal tradition on May 26 in Toronto, where they somehow lost to Niall Ferguson and Charles Krauthammer...

New York Post report: "Before the debate, only 21 percent of the audience agreed with the motion that "the world is a safer place with a Republican in the White House." Two hours later, the mostly liberal, anti-George Bush crowd had a profound change of heart: 43 percent ended up voting for the motion." "

Now go worship your image over substance and we'll all pay the price, and it will be a big one.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Great analysis. this is a piece of politically tone deaf theatre; can't this candidate understand the average American voter recoils from this pretension? Or does obama figure he deserves it?
Even the obama voters know this is a step too far, but they're just desperately hoping everybody else buys it; i suspect the media will pretend it's okay.
It's also interesting to note the fury that arises from any criticism of "the one"; apparently Krauthammer must be fired for being irreverent...

Posted by: richard flohill | August 27, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

I recall a comment about Dr. Krauthammer a while back comparing him to Dr. Strangelove as an advisor to Bush. I thought it was offensive referring to his physical handicap. Now it is clear that the opionion was referring to his narrowminded partisanship that is the handicap.

Posted by: tennisdoc40 | August 27, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Funny, how dare anyone criticize the chosen one. When did Libs become a bunch of deranged fascist lunatics?

Posted by: ExposingLiberalHate | August 27, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Someone above posted beautifully. George Will is a disappointment. He used to have intellectual honesty. Krauthammer never had it, and never pretended to.

My taxes will be lower under Obama than McCain. The National Debt will be lower under Obama than McCain. As a conservative, I have no question or qualms about voting for Obama. I just can't believe so many people drink the neocon kool-aid and believe the propaganda.

Posted by: Dan, TX | August 27, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer - "Bigotry on Wheels!"

Posted by: Suckas! | August 27, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Dan,

Go back and look at your past taxes....there is no way in hell that you will pay more taxes under Mccain than Obama. I am under a contract and have made 78k a year for the past 12 years and pay 3800 less in taxes annually under bush, than when clinton was prez. No way in hell taxes stay down when obama wants the gov. to take over healthcare......

Posted by: jugdish | August 27, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Gawd your an idiot, Charles. Could you be any more blatantly partisan? Maybe you and kristol should have a contest to see who can be the most out of touch, unprofessional and completely and consistently wrong talking head on the planet. You've both far outclassed the rest of the world's pundits in this race, it'll come down to who can pen the most foolish, irrelevant and mean spirited bunch of nonsense ever written...

Posted by: Bill | August 27, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Dan, you can't be serious. Your taxes will be lower under Obama. Have you any idea what you are talking about. Have even seen his proposals. Now whose been drinking the koolaid.

Posted by: Bob | August 27, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Charles for the analysis. Our liberal friends cannot tolerate any criticism of the Messiah. They keep making fun of the Mission Accomplished sign but don't realize the banner for Barack Hussein should be "Nothing Accomplished".

Posted by: Not2pc | August 27, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

"I just can't believe so many people drink the neocon kool-aid and believe the propaganda."

How dare we want to keep some of our own money and not kowtow to terrorists and the nearly extinct Europeans!

As Americans, we must embrace our socialist, spineless, gutless, morally bankrupt future.

Hope 'n change, folks!

Posted by: Tom W. | August 27, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

all for not. Obama is toast. Thanks God.

Posted by: strohs | August 27, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

So Dan in Texas, you're voting your wallet and not your conscience? I don't know any conservative who could vote for Obama after his defense of infanticide. And then there's that little matter of him sitting in that black hate church for 20 years, his associations with and support of people of questionable character....and on and on. I have to confess that I supported Obama at first because I thought he'd put an end to the racial divide - but then I woke up.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

There is just one thing missing ...

http://www.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/fb3704ab0c.jpg

Posted by: occam | August 27, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

It's been clear for some time that in his policies Obama is essentially a crypto neo Marxist. Now, with his grandiose and self-important stage set reminiscent of Albert Speer's work for the Third Reich, Obama has shown he's lost any sense of proportion or balance. And that is alarming.

Posted by: JTM | August 27, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Tired of the infighting in your party? Tired of candidates letting personal feelings get in the way of choosing the right running mate? Tired of your candidate squandering a perfect opportunity to easily win an election? Tired of bitter posters who call you names and belittle would-be allies in the process? Tired of candidate worship? No?

True insanity: continually repeat the same action and expect a different outcome.

Posted by: The Party You Love | August 27, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Barack Hussein is the Messiah of change... is that why he selected someone who has been a senator since Hussein was 11 years old? Boy... is that change! Why do people fawn over this guy except for the fact he is very pretty.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone watch Bill's speech and see the face of that Obama woman? My gosh, she looks like someone who could watch you burn alive and it wouldn't bother her a bit. So steely eyed! So harsh looking! Does this make me a racist for commenting on her harshness after we've been how sweet she really is?

Posted by: Alfred | August 27, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Alfred...you are not a racist. Remember, this is the first time she is proud of her country (her words, not mine). She is a woman who has pented up anger in her from being associated with numerous anti-American individuals such as the Rev(?) Wright and Bill Ayers. Now we get to hear from the Messiah followers defending their love for this group.

Posted by: not2pc | August 27, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

krauthammer has really outdone himself here. usually i read his columns for a good laugh because of their absurdity, but this one lacks any substance at all. talking about the staging? maybe we should talk about your haircut to argue why you are unfit to be a journalist... hmmmm... makes sense.

Posted by: dclaw | August 27, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Mr. Krauthammer, this entire thing smacks of spectacle...something that up until recently, our politics had been somewhat free of. What's next? Torchlight marches of the liberal Volk? The candidate as rock star is a scary development of the last 5 elections for President, and honestly, it's becoming downright terrifying. We do coronate kings and caesars in this country, we inaugurate presidents. One hopes the electorate learns the difference, fast.

Posted by: Jason Weiser | August 27, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait for the boo-hooing of the lib cry babies on this site when Barry blows his big lead (aided by Hil and Bill's passive agressive non-campaigning). Oh, it will be the fault of racist America, of Charles Krauthammer, of the people who say "libruls". Anybody but the real culprits.

Posted by: Dan | August 27, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Obama supporters keep chanting the mantra that Barack Obama
is the candidate who can unite our country ... but, Obama couldn't
even unite his own party ... even after winning the nomination. And,
in reality, McCain has the history of working across the isle in congress.
Obama has brainwashed his followers into operatIing on 'belief', rather
than reason ... just as he learned in Jeremiah Wright's church ... the power of BLIND faith.
Even his campaign solgan is based on belief, not common sense, logic,
or reason. Obama's even got his followers publicly denouncing the importance
of experience ... as if that's the reason Bush performed poorly ... when the
real reason Obama and his followers denounce experience is because
Obama doesn't have any.
Keep America Strong ... Elect Senator John McCain in November !!

Posted by: Lee | August 27, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Mr. Krauthammer, this entire thing smacks of spectacle...something that up until recently, our politics had been somewhat free of. What's next? Torchlight marches of the liberal Volk? The candidate as rock star is a scary development of the last 5 elections for President, and honestly, it's becoming downright terrifying. We don't coronate kings and caesars in this country, we inaugurate presidents. One hopes the electorate learns the difference, fast.

Posted by: Jason Weiser | August 27, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

It is like the Superbowl Halftime Show, without the game.
Let's just hope he doesn't have a "wardrobe malfunction."
I've already seen more of BO than I want to!

Posted by: dcattorney | August 27, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

This is a retarded piece. IT IS A POLITICAL CONVENTION...the Republicans will do the same. Come on Charles...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama supporters keep chanting the mantra that Barack Obama
is the candidate who can unite our country ... but, Obama couldn't
even unite his own party ... even after winning the nomination. And,
in reality, McCain has the history of working across the isle in congress.
Obama has brainwashed his followers into operatIing on 'belief', rather
than reason ... just as he learned in Jeremiah Wright's church ... the power of BLIND faith.
Even his campaign solgan is based on belief, not common sense, logic,
or reason. Obama's even got his followers publicly denouncing the importance
of experience ... as if that's the reason Bush performed poorly ... when the
real reason Obama and his followers denounce experience is because
Obama doesn't have any.
Keep America Strong ... Elect Senator John McCain in November !!

Posted by: Lee | August 27, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Self-INVOLVED person. You know, this person needs all the props he can get.

Democrats for McCain

Posted by: bpower | August 27, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Obama's stage is nearly identical to the one used by George W. Bush in 2004 at the RNC convention.

Bush used greek columns, a massive auditorium and a stage setup that is nearly the same as Obama will use tomorrow.

Posted by: MeridianMan | August 27, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Ugly and stupid must be tough.

Posted by: Neil | August 27, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Would it have been too much to ask Mr. Krauthammer to address Bush's 2004 "temple" backdrop if he wanted this to appear in the once great pages of the Washington Post?

I know you are trying to provide balance, but the answer isn't to provide the ridiculous a mouthpiece without challenging the validity of their argument.

Posted by: Get it together WaPo | August 27, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

All Bill and Hill did was rub in the faces of the Democratic Party of their screw up. There is a lot of buyers remorse. Then there is Biden who is the most annoying self absorbed person flapping his jaws about McCain. The thing is it is all fodder for McCain to use because he has known Biben a long time and will make him eat his words.

The Obama camp has not much to work with and McCain has a treasure trove.

Posted by: Charlie | August 27, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Question: Whats the difference between Barrack Obama and the Wizard of Oz?

Answer: The Wizard had better judgement!

This is a time when Obama needs to prove who he is and why the American people should elect him to the Presidency, instead he becomes Kirk Douglas in Spartacus. We know he can read a magnificant speech from a teleprompter (been there done that) but can he spar with Putin face to face. We don't know. And that's why he should have taken up McCain on all of those town hall debates so that the American people can really see how he thinks on his feet. The fact that his organization minimized the number of debates suggest that they are not confident of his ability in a non-scripted situation.

The first introduction to Obama's incisiveness and thinking ability at the Saddleback presentation left a rather bad taste compared to McCain's performance.

But anyone can have a bad night - that's why we need to see much more. We are comfortable that McCain can hold his own but dare we elect Obama without being sure he is qualified? Is the most important job on the planet now just a contest of image and celebrity?

In another vein, Obama seems to have lost control of the convention to the Clintons. What does that say about his courage or his leadership ability?

An MGM production replete with Ionic columns and well rehearsed rhetoric does little to promote confidence that Obama deserves the job - heck, Kirk Douglas would put on an even better show but I don't want him for President either.

Of course, the post-convention reviews and degree of bounce achieved will tell the ultimate story of the convention.

But if the American public doesn't know who Obama really is or trust his judgement when they go to the polls, he will not beat McCain.

Give Krautheimer his due, he is pointing out what appears to be a "tone deaf" response on the part of the Democratic organization - not unlike the Kerry "reporting for duty" fiasco in 2004.

Ignore him at your own peril, Democrats.

Posted by: San Diego Lurker | August 27, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama's stage is nearly identical to the one used by George W. Bush in 2004 at the RNC convention.

Bush used greek columns, a massive auditorium and a stage setup that is nearly the same as Obama will use tomorrow.

THE DIFFERENCE IS BUSH DIDN'T SPEND HIS CAMPAIGN ACTING LIKE THE MESSIAH, HE WAS JUST A REGULAR GUY. OBAMA HAS HALOS ON HIS POSTERS FOR GOSH SAKES. I DON'T KNOW WHOSE BRAIN CHILD THAT WAS. HE HAS HAD THE MESSIANIC MESSAGE HOVERING AROUND HIM.

OBAMA NEEDED TO PROVE TO PEOPLE HE COULD RELATE TO THEM AND ALL HE HAD DONE IS THE OPPOSITE HIS ENTIRE CAMPAIGN. ANYWAY, FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND THESE AREN'T A FEW COLUMNS, IT'S A MONSTROSITY TO GO WITH HIS EGO.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Charles - I have two words for you that I'm sure you didn't tear apart even once - "mission accomplished."

You are so intellectually dishonest that its hard to come to any conclusion but this - Barack Obama scares you to death. Not because of his policies, but because he is smart, black and charismatic. The GOP doesn't have anyone who fits smart or charismatic - though JC Watts is apparently black.

You and your column have always been a joke to anyone with a brain. Sadly for you one of those people (the ones with a brains) is about to occupy the White House - and his name isn't John McCain.

Posted by: Der Bingle | August 27, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Who Mourns for Obama?

Here's a real scoop! Below is a link to an image of an early version of the Temple of Obama (the "Barackopolis"), the elaborate columned stage resembling a miniature Greek temple from which Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will deliver his big speech on Thursday night. In the image, the role of Obama is played by an actor.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e3/STWhoMourns.jpg

And here is a link to a synopsis of a very early draft of the speech:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_Mourns_for_Adonais%3F

Sadly, word is that rehearsals of the speech did not go as well as planned:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbjvRtKzsOk

Posted by: Ken McKenna | August 27, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

please....this clown occupies a suite of rooms in the Eagles Nest near Burchasgarten.
P.N.A.C co-author not withstanding, He can be found wintering in S.America with his his opah.

Posted by: karl | August 27, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

As an arms-length observer, who likes neither candidate... Obama is toast. T-O-A-S-T.

And CK called it.

No bragg, just fact.

Posted by: Born Free | August 27, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Who Mourns for Obama?

Here's a real scoop! Below is a link to an image of an early version of the Temple of Obama (the "Barackopolis"), the elaborate columned stage resembling a miniature Greek temple from which Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will deliver his big speech on Thursday night. In the image, the role of Obama is played by an actor.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e3/STWhoMourns.jpg

And here is a link to a synopsis of a very early draft of the speech:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_Mourns_for_Adonais%3F

Sadly, word is that rehearsals of the speech did not go as well as planned:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbjvRtKzsOk

Posted by: Ken McKenna | August 27, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama's stage and speech at Invesco field will backfire just like his trip oversees did. He spends his convention trying to get people to believe he's not an elitist then he goes and does a "Rock-star" appearance. His judgment is definitely flawed.

Posted by: Teri | August 27, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

So like, that's nothing compared to how my Dad will take the stage next week in Minneapolis. Dad's going to come in on a Rascal, which is made right here in America! Yeah!
http://mccainblogarella.blogspot.com

Posted by: Kaylie McCain | August 27, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Well said Charles.Obama and his moonies can't figure it out but everyone else sees what an empty vessel he is

Posted by: Independent in Independance | August 27, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

It's a little Spinal Tap, sure, but I still trust Obama's judgment further than I trust McSame's.

Posted by: JP | August 27, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer is a fox news tool. Here is the best example; he is towing the McCain mantra on Energy - drill here drill now. That crap offends anyone with a brain. Even Oil people "get it", that drilling offshore is a really bad idea. If it was so great, why did't the Republican majority vote for it when they had free reign in Congress. Why doesn't the oil industry do it on existing leases - because it is risky, very time consuming, low yield & low reward. It is sad that "drill here, drill now" sums up the best, most prominant Republican energy idea. It is really doesn't speak to me as a conservative. Screw McCain, Krauthammer and all the others on the Fox news and the AM Radio brainwashing machine. Where is the substance? I don't care about Ayers re-hash 24/7. Krauthammer - so what if Obama has stage props? McCain couldn't fill a stadium if he tried. He is absolutely un- inspiring. Hannity summed it all up in a heated AM Radio rant the day McCain "apparently" won Florida. Go ahead conservatives, vote for McCain. Kiss the true Republican brand goodbye because if he is elected, it will lose all credibility.

Posted by: xray | August 27, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Kurt,

I guess you never read left-wing partisan hacks this paper publishes -- they outnumber the right-wing ones by a big margin.

Posted by: info | August 27, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Ostentatious comes to mind. This might be remembered like his "Possum Seal". I have been a democrat for 30 years. Unbelievable.

If he rises out of the floor it will remind me of Bette Middler rising out of a clam shell dressed as a mermaid.

Posted by: Linda | August 27, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

I have been a Dem For 40 years. I starTed working in campaigns @ the age of 9.
I will be voting character, not color in Nov. I will vote for a Hero, not a Zero. I will be voting for John McCain. I am PUMA...JSND...

Posted by: Gonzotx | August 27, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

I'll wait and see. But I believe with fresh memory of the Olympic opening in China, any thing in a similar setting will look mediocre.

Posted by: FloridaCounts | August 27, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Wait, weren't columns used in 2004??

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0808/Bushs_2004_temple.html

Posted by: JP | August 27, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

BFD, Mr. K. Are you still capable of embarrassment?

Posted by: P. Twistleton | August 27, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer is one of the BEST...Some of you loons actually think the coronation of Obama is okay???!!! How scary is that??!!! With people like you folks voting we are SCREWED!

Posted by: Mary | August 27, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

So, Mary, are you saying that there won't be a coronation at the Repub Convention? Oh there will....just not with as many people. I heard they are HOPING to get 15,000 - or about three times as large a crowd as have come to see McSame in the past. Good luck with that. Yes, you are SCREWED. Have you considered a move to Canada?

Posted by: Another Mary | August 27, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

You guys are getting worked up over a loser. Barack is going to crash and burn. See him next year shuffling back to his senate seat, where he'll be relegated for the rest of his career.

Posted by: drewster | August 27, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.

Posted by: Mary | August 27, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

A very wise obot recently explained: "When Obama speaks it's like a dog whistle. No one else can hear the dog whistle except his supporters! No one else gets it".

Obots, please don't blame Charles for not being able to hear the dog whistle!!

And Charles, just let Obama eat his waffles?!!

Posted by: Ijane | August 27, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Totally agree with Charlie. I say wishful thinking for those of you who think we're jealous. Obama doesn't get that he ins't president yet. Seriously though, if it truly is ridiculous, we should just let it happen. Voters may be gullible, but they don't eventually go for the self-aggrandizers. Let him sink himself with his own actions and words.

Why do tou liberals complain when someone is obviously conservative? We need to someone out there to help balance out the totally liberal, Obama-soaked mainstream media, who are going out of their way to give "The One" a pass whenever they get the chance.

Posted by: Kevin B | August 27, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

It's the "trappings".....not how many will be there....From his dissing the American flag on his plane to coming up with his own presidential seal.....Those of you who don't quite get it should move to England ...where they already have a ROYAL Family.
No, I won't be there or at the GOP as both are sellouts of the American people and shills for corporate t-raiders.....

Posted by: Mary | August 27, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

The Messiah's cult really does think he is the second coming.........This is the straw that will break the poll #'s of the Messiah's to a new low....LMAO.....McCain '08

Posted by: CMSJMC | August 27, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame that Obama doesn't share the live concerts via tv which he sponsors before his big speeches, like the one in Seattle and Germany, and the convention.

You guys do realize that the crowds are not all there to see him, don't you? He wants you to think he is all that, so you will believe it - cause he thinks everyone is like a sheep, following what they see other's doing.

He set the convention stage like he's already in the white house. He and his advisers must be saying 'Build it and they will come', like if you envision him in the setting, you will picture it and believe it. Great marketing, Obama campaign, I'll give them that.

Sorry folks, good marketing or not, He does not have the experience and definitely not the the integrity. He has surrounded himself with Frank Marshall Davis (mentor) (rearch this guy please), Ayers, Rev Wright, Rezko, Daley, Rashid Khalidi, and many others. But, when ads are put on, his lawyers threaten suit. Maybe he doesn't like free speech, unless he's giving it. Maybe he's just a real sensitive guy. Great qualification for prez. /sarc

Posted by: Sarah | August 27, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

American soldiers are bogged down in Iraq, an American airstrike killed scores of children in Afganistan, gas is $3.79/gallon, and Krauthammer is writing about the stage that Obama will be standing on?

Posted by: Hanan Kolko | August 27, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer is just a piccolo in the Karl Rove orchestra of bile. Who gives "brass razoo" wha he thinks about Obama's backdrop. The fact is Obama will fill out a stadium with enthusiastic supporters because he has a positive and uplifting message. All McCain has is a tsunami of negativity and Rovian slime - and we've seen where that has got Ameriaca over the last eight years. McCain could not fill such a stadium and if he could, it would be the world's largest sleep over.

Krauthammer is a neo-con R.E.P.U.B.L.I.C.A.N. - and unlike Dick Morris, not a praticulalrly shrewd one. Just cynical, snarling and twisted. Anything he says or writes should be seen through this prism and treated with the disdain it deserves.

Posted by: Andre H. | August 27, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse


NEWS FLASH TO MARVIN: It's not MR. Krauthammer, it's DR. Krauthammer, M.D.. Harvard Med... In PSYCHIATRY.

Yes, he is Qualified to make a Medical Diagnosis.

Marvin wrote "I think it is HIGHLY inappropriate that the Washington Post would run a story by Mr. Krauthammer with such an offensive title. Allowing him to suggest that the Democratic nominee has "lost his mind" undermines the legitimacy of the Post and allows it to become a tool for extreme partisan, personal attacks."

Posted by: Dan Schwartz | August 27, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse


OSAMA BIN LADEN

OBAMA 'N' BIDEN


(I'M A DEMOCRAT VOTING FOR MCCAIN)

Posted by: jbh | August 27, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Eugene Robinson is wondering: "Why all of this hype? After all, I only get three or four persons commenting on my stuff?" Well Eugene, that's the answer. You write stuff. C.K. writes wisdom.

Posted by: Gérard | August 27, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

drewster... I wish I had your confidence. This will be close. The electorate is down on the Republican brand and by all rights we should lose the POTUS race. However, the Dems have done us a favor by nominating the only man, Obama, who could lose the election, while McCain is probably the only Republican who could win this year. As usual the Independents will pick the winner although there does seem to be a lot of dissatisfied Clinton supporters.
BTW - are most of the Obama supporters as juvenile as those that post here? I guess we'll get a break when school starts and the have to be in bed by 9pm.

Posted by: HoldOnSweetie | August 27, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer is right on with this article.

Wake up USA.

WCN

Posted by: WestCoastNormal | August 27, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

I used to think Krauthammer actually had some good ideas. But, since it becoming clear that Obama would be the Democratic candidate, he has complete lost his balance and judgment. What the hell is wrong with Greek columns. They are all over Washington and most of the state capitols. Krauthammer is disgracing the WP.

Posted by: peter777 | August 27, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Ever open a bright shiny package during the holidays ..only to discover there is nothing much inside???
Get ready to re-live that with Obama....The Hollow Man

Posted by: Mary | August 27, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

I agree. This petty, cranky sidebar is an utter waste of space and the comparison to Napoleon is laughable (Napoleon was short and spoke French). The video included with this little throwaway suggests that the podium will look nothing like this description.

Posted by: plwalsh | August 27, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

You guys have seen nothing yet. The stage is nothing compared to what Obama will do. He will part the skies, do a Jedi mind trick and hipster wannabes and have thunderbolts shoot out of his ass.

Posted by: Bill Stank | August 27, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

This guy is like the Ricky Henderson of politics. Pathetic.

Posted by: IAMTHEGREATEST | August 27, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Obama has a real taste for grandiosity which he shares with George Bush. Need I say more?

... or does everyone really believe that it was a Republican mole who designed the Obama faux Presidential Seal, faux Air Force ONE, who convinced Obama he was entitled to speak before the Brandonburg Gate, and before a mock up of the Lincoln Memorial as though he were Martin Luther King?

Posted by: AJM | August 27, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

If you knucklehead lefties could actually listen and comprehend what CK is so clearly
laying out for you, just possibly you could elect a president more often than 20 out of every 56 years. Obama is most definetely being definined as an ignorant,arrogant elitist and he is primarily doing it to himself. Anything that could be construed as over the top is nuts. Why gamble? Because your helpless.

Posted by: RunningDog | August 27, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

I heard Obama would give his speech wearing a toga...or was that a crown of thorns?

Posted by: MountainSage | August 27, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone say arrogance? I lost interest in this guy when I heard his minister say God Damn America. And to think that Obama listened to this hatred for 20 years!

Posted by: Pennsylvania | August 27, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

What is truly shocking is the trash that populates the (false) Messiah's circle of supporters. The writer is on-target here pointing out the yet another example of Obama's self-focussed obsession. America will see right through this. My fear is: the riots by the trash who are going to be very dissapointed the day after.

Posted by: Dave J | August 27, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Com'on guys, Krauthammer is just keeping it real. He's pointing out the silly manipulative imagery Obama and Axelrod are promulgating. As an African American democrat excited for America's acceptance for a candidate of mixed race, I am embarrassed that Obama is the one "they" have chosen to support. Are they nuts? The guy is shady because he is extremely ambitious to the point he will curry a favor with anyone (Rezko & Hyde Park Mafia) in order to get into office and then later explain away the corruptive ties (provided he's caught) with an "oops, let me return the money" (even though it got him to an elevated name recognition position that can't be retracted). Axelrod represented Eliot Spitzer and John Edwards... so as Hollywood would put it... "from the guys who brought you Edwards & Spitzer" bastions of integrity.

Posted by: Aleesha Jackson | August 28, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

It's so predictable. When the pinkos can't explain away the fact that their candidate is a megalomaniac with close ties to domestic terrorists like Ayers and conspiracy nuts like Wright, they resort to attacking the messenger, in this case Krauthammer...

Posted by: al shaf | August 28, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

It is always informative to read the thoughts of Liberals and Conservatives.

By and large Conservatives talk about reasons why they are voting the way they are.

By and large Liberals talk about their feelings which is frequently manifest in crude name calling or adjectives thrown at their opponents.

Unfortunately for the liberal Obama supporters they have little defense against the Republican attacks on Obama's lack of experience, lack of judgement, lack of significant accomplishments and affinity for unsavory, American hating, corrupt associations.

Because he has nothing substantive to qualify him for elevation to the Presidency, what can he do but put on a big Hollywood spectatular and hope that there are enough American voters who will be so dazzled by the glitter and majesty of his rhetorical prowess that they will not ask themselves any important question about his qualifications or, more importantly, realize in embarrassment that they have no answer.

Posted by: San Diego Lurker | August 28, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

The Obaminable One has done it again - showed everyone that he is worth less than his empty suit... Or is it full? - filled with hot air! To all of you, left wing nuts, let me remind you that we have more than one party system. I know, your choice would be one people, one party... Learn your lessons, it does not work.
Thank you, Mr. K. Keep up the good work.
MCcain in '08 - PLEASE VOTE!

Posted by: Edward B | August 28, 2008 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Charles, it's a Nuremberg Rally, they need to set the stage.

Posted by: Mike | August 28, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Amazing to me that nobody is talking about OK, drill here drill now, but use the royalty money which typically is 12.5% but I suggest raising to 25% of the sale price. That money could be used to create incentives and low interest government guaranteed loans for alternative energy and energy efficiency projects.

This would be a new non-tax revenue stream that could provide funding that could exceed 1 trillion dollars over the years towards the implementation of alternative energy and efficiency projects. I think that would be a smart way to use America's natural resources to help America gain energy independence.

Posted by: stlwest | August 28, 2008 12:13 AM | Report abuse

As the Candidate received the nomination of his fellows for the candidacy of the Democratic Party in America's 2008 election, Zeus reached down from on high and plucked him into the heavens.


There was a great gnashing of teeth and wailing, as Joe bin Biden was lasjhed to the sacrificial alter by the Dem Party prostitute.

Bring him back Zeus, we make this offering of a bag of bones and guts, with hair plugs to you!

Taking up the call, the crowds implored , BRING HIM BACK Zeus!

"Ok, OK," intoned Zeus in his thunderous voice,"and for heaven sakes, I don't do hair plugs!" I 'll do it for.............................

John McCain!

Posted by: Hail Obazma! | August 28, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

I'm going to vote for Senator McCain, even though some of Senator Obama's supporters will throw me to the ground and force me to walk around with a big patch on my clothes reading "KKK".
I cannot Americans are supposed to have hope for renewed civility when Senator Obama's supporters fill a site with brutal hatred like this. It's incredible he isn't ashamed of them.
(Please feel free to predictably say I'm just an ignorant neo-nazi-con or whatever you wish, as you prepare to pin a KKK label on my shirt, whilst saying I should be ashamed of the Unabomber, or the Liars-who-lied-so-we-could-annex-oil-fields and whatever else.)
I'm voting for Senator McCain. But if more citizens whote for Senator Obama, and he wins, then that's OK too!
NEITHER ONE is Mussolini or Lenin. They both serve to the best of their ability and care. They go about it differently.
They do not need blind, wild hatred and putrid vilification of each one's respective opponent.
That's all. Now accuse me of talking down to you. Call me uppity! Call me a klansman! Suprise us! Have fun and don't forget to call me intellectually dishonest!

Posted by: Liarliarpantsonfire | August 28, 2008 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Krauthammer nail's it... now for you Lib's

I'M HOLDING UP GARLIC AND A CROSS

Fox New's Fox New's Rove Rove boo boo
Rush Rush Hannity boo boo Hannity

Posted by: Varit00l | August 28, 2008 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Kudos for calling 'em as they are.

The Dems have a messiah complex built up around Obama. A man possessed with a good education but no experience nor a record of 'change'. Why not give the man-god a temple to top off this year's obsession?

Posted by: Axion | August 28, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse

If the media would have exposed Obama for what he is, Hillary would have won the Democratic nomination for president. And I think she would have had a very good chance in beating McCain.

Geraldine Ferraro said when asked if she was going to vote for Obama "My county is more important then my political party"

So don't get mad at Charles, he's having some FUN. I think you should be mad at the media.

Posted by: Choice | August 28, 2008 12:32 AM | Report abuse

I'm hungry. Which of youz all is gonna get me a burger?

The best part about attempting to read responses that have not been filtered or edited or even given minimal scoring of merit is that it makes for a colossally long page. I'm really into scrolling with my browser wheel and it gives me more practice. The Scrolling Wheel World Championships are coming up and its time for the good ol' USA to take back the title, baby!

Can I embed HTML into this chunkaliciousness? Nope... How about some special characters? Upside down? OH no!

¡ɥƃnoɥʇ ƃuıʇsod uʍop ǝpısdn ʞɔoʃq ʇ,upıp ʎǝɥʇ 'dɐɹɔ ʎʃoɥ

Backwards? ‫‬‭‮‪‫‬‭‮҉Indeed!

Posted by: Gummybear | August 28, 2008 12:35 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Krauthammer,
What was with the kiss that Obama gave to his
new presumptive veep's wife? I was shocked at best. At least Al Gore laid his liplock on his own wife! And Biden was right next to her...she had to have been taken aback also as she left the stage right after that.

Posted by: carol | August 28, 2008 12:36 AM | Report abuse

The democrats have made the general election easy for black voters this time around. They don't even have to think about the issues. Just vote for the black one...watch, you'll see, I guess 95% of blacks regardless of party affiliation will vote for Obama. Just like black guys who cheer win Tiger Woods wins a match but have never watched or played golf. I certainly hope Latinos who are a much larger minority (but curiously less represented in films, TV, and politics) can rely on their intellect and instincts to smell a conman from a mile away. Saying a few words in Spanish is a con artist's way to show he sympathizes with the Latino's cause. Please, it's pure horse crap and a desperate gringo can never know what it's like to be considered a valet, maid, gardner first, an intelligent human being second... racism against Latinos is easier and more acceptable in America... Latinos can more easily be weeded out via the resume process since their names are usually an indicator as to the heritage whereas blacks have anglo sounding names and get called in for interviews more easily. Latinos will eventually overtake other groups in this country and they will do it at a time of post assimilation without harboring anger from slavery or a civil rights chip on their shoulder. They let compassion and forgiveness guide their judgement instead of anger and vengeance.

Posted by: Manny Rodriguez | August 28, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Charles, you have really irritated the liberals with your article, most of their comments are "foaming at the mouth". No substantive challenges to any of your criticisms, but then, liberals don't think much (other than how to get the government to give them some money).

Posted by: Geoff | August 28, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

You are writing a column about "columns?" - SERIOUSLY????

Krauthammer is the one who has lost his mind! We have serious isues, and he wants to nitpick about the setting???? JOHN MCCAIN has pictures and campaign brochures with his picture in front of a column.

George W. Bush did the SAME!

This is really a sign that that quality of the editorial columns is going down the toilet.,

Instead of intelligent discourse on policy and on economics, we have "columns".

Krauthammer - you need to stop pedaling yourself as any kind of serious journalist!

Posted by: Susan | August 28, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

I'm mad! Not sure what I'm mad about, but I'll figure it out before I finish writing this post. Humor me, if you will. And if you don't well... fair enough, feel my wrath.

So... let the 2nd giant infomercial begin next week.

Who's footing the bill on these again? Corporations? Oh yeah. Good, we wouldn't want any influence peddling or campaign finance reform to disrupt "the way grownups run the world", would we?

To the dungeon with you, Milo and Tock, just don't forget the secret passage out.

PS: I'm 6 years old. Watch out old folks before our generation wipes the floor with you all. That includes you whippersnapping millenials as well...

Posted by: Officer Short Shrift | August 28, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Another jealous Repug b/c McWalkingCane creates as much excitement as a bridge game at a funeral home.

Posted by: RobK | August 28, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Krauthammer even looks demented in his headshot. Honestly, he looks completely unhinged, like he should be playing Renfrew from Dracula or something.

Posted by: iamdela | August 28, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

...Blah blah blah... Kool-aid... blah blah blah... Kool-aid... dems suck. Kool-aid

Posted by: Mccain supporter | August 28, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Charles has a point, a one liner. Yes, Obama has charisma, he speaks well, and political theater exists. Got it. Thanks!

Should he try to include the millions of people he's energized in the convention? Or does it risk coming off as a "celebrity"? State the premise simply, then answer it. Reveal your insights, dear Chuck.

Lest we lose our way here... ALL politicians are celebrities. Anyone here ever watch Sunday television on the major networks?

Honestly, is the complaint here that Obama drives people to want to hear him speak? God forbid we have politicians who we want to hear talk... While I tend to consider myself a Libertarian and not an ardent supporter of either party, I'd say having a president who can represent his ideas well verbally is probably an asset to the country. A good counterexample is the slew of embarrassing statements perpetrated on the country by the existing fellow "leading the free world". Imagine how much miscommunication with world leaders could damage relations; I know where I currently work that it does wonders for screwing up corporate politics.

Wise up, folks. Politics is theater. Media is theater. I take this article as just one more account of "the pot calling the kettle black".

---
As an aside, I note that a lot of journalists often try to bump up their eloquence when critiquing Obama's. Kudos, all!

Posted by: Uncle Singh N Dablooz | August 28, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

How come all you people didn't complain when Bush accepted his nomination on a stage with columns and a podium set out into the crowd? Oh that's right, you guys are idiots that spew venom towards Obama for any reason you can think of even if it is for something your hero Bush did himself (like agree to a timetable for withdrawing troops from Iraq).

Posted by: Hypocrits! | August 28, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Well, if that's the WORST they can do, Obama is in great shape.

Posted by: Glenn Friedman | August 28, 2008 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Singh,

Word up, dude! Nail on the head! It took a long time to read all the comments here, but yours made it all worth it...

Merl Dupp

Posted by: Quacks like a duck, eats like a champ | August 28, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

I'm an African American Democrat and I take offense at Manny Rodriguez's comments. I do understand where they are coming from but not all "Blacks" are falling for Obama's sales pitch. The ones that are not are the ones who really thought about it. It's nice to hear he will stick it to the man and give everyone an extra $1,000 who are struggling. Damn straight. But wait, where is he going to get it? From the oil companies. Right on! Those guys really raked in the profits last year, let's take a piece out of them. Sounds about right. But wait, guess what will cost you $1,000 more a year on average next year? Gas. Ok, well, maybe he can print more money and hand it out. But that will increase inflation and your expenses across the board will be roughly $1,000 more next year since everyone will have more money to spend for the same amount of goods. It's called free market equilibrium - a basic rule of economics... it's a rather simple observation that many fail to recognize. As for the earlier comment regarding gas, again , the market equilibrium will be a play there too not to mention the Oil companies are not going give away $1,000 per person, they might agree on the tax-fee-fine but will raise the price of gas at the pumps and blame a storm in the gulf or middle east shutdown. I'm waiting for Obama to say something of substance and that makes sense that is endorsed and backed by leaders in each field. But Manny does make a point because sometimes when I hang out with my friends, they get into a whole "we gonna vote the nigga in" attitude and I feel ashamed to be associated with that pack. McCain's a straight shooter and has worked with democrats in congress much to his own detriment...that's why hardcore republicans (nazi nutjobs) don't like McCain. He calls like it is and "does the right thing."

Posted by: Robert Killborne | August 28, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

My son Master Krauthammer is doing God's Work here which may not be widely recognized by My Flock. I ask you in the Name of the One True Lord to see his Calling.

If the One is elected in November then the Faithful may well be called to the White House for lunch in the Rose Garden - fried chicken, chittlin's, collard greens and watermelon.

Kneel with me now.

Posted by: Rev. E. Raleigh Pimperton III | August 28, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

Glenn,

Is that you? Glenn formerly of Senior House who knows Nalin? How bout we use this posting board for our personal conversations and see how far that goes...

Just curious. Are you living in NO now?

Posted by: Chris Butler | August 28, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

I'm a cool Hollywood rich white guilt hipster wannabe and I'm going to vote for Obama because everyone else is and I don't want to be "blacklisted." I want to show everyone I'm cool, hip. and open minded.

Posted by: Hollywood Jones | August 28, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Some of the comments here indicate that the authors think Bush entering Iraq and making sure that Saddam never got his hands on an atomic weapon is not a good thing. And by extension, that when Saddam died and passed his atomic weapons onto his psychopathic son, Uday, that was not a good thing. Well, I think Bush did the world a favor when he took us into Iraq and ultimately make sure that Saddam Hussein would never be a threat. Hooray for Bush! If it were but not for his actions, we would be tiptoeing of around Saddam the way we tiptoe around Lil' Kim of North Korea and the Middle East would be under the threat of nuclear incineration, just like the Korean peninsula. .

Posted by: Clear-Eyed-Observer | August 28, 2008 1:07 AM | Report abuse

I'm switching my allegiance from Hillary to Obama because he saw my movie DO THE RIGHT THING where an arrogant slacking-poor-work ethic African American does the right thing by starting a riot by throwing a garbage can through his boss' storefront window. Get ready for a huge garbage can coming through the White House. Our time is here and you white folk better be scared and sorry for not paying me more money.

Posted by: Spike Lee | August 28, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

Spike, you are not helping.

Posted by: Obama | August 28, 2008 1:13 AM | Report abuse

I was Hollywood's and Spike's favorite until the greedy cow Oprah opened her mouth (and not for a cheeseburger).

Posted by: Hillary | August 28, 2008 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Does it resemble an ancient greek temple or the White House? Make up your mind, AP!

Posted by: Aaron | August 28, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

Regarding the whole windfall profits concept, I *believe* that market forces tend to equalize such single event aberrations and minimize them... McCain is at least equally guilty of the 'gas tax holiday' bunk he's tossed to voters as election year candy...

More serious, however, are the market forces at play when considering the distribution of wealth for consumers and subsidized entities selling goods and services. Given the wealth gap, I believe the common wisdom is that money returned to the middle class (and lower class for that matter) in tax breaks generally are quickly returned to the economy, stimulating it. As for subsidizing any entity (bank, mortgage company, oil company) this is altering the most basic market forces of fair economic competition.

People seem to toss around a lot of points about "economic plan this and economic plan that" but let's at least lay down some facts here... I don't see how subsidies fit in with a laissez-faire approach to the free market, whether you are a Republican or a Democrat.

I'm open to opinions though. Let someone who's a well-informed economics enlighten us... ;-)

Posted by: John E Beegud | August 28, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

A greek temple? Is Obama out of his bloody mind? Way to play down his arrogance problem.

Posted by: Christian | August 28, 2008 1:25 AM | Report abuse

Obama is giving his acceptance speech in Invesco Field. This is news? Who would have thought? A presidential candidate making his acceptance speech has some parallel with Napoleon crowning himself emperor? Have I missed something? See, I thought there was this contest for the nomination with elections in all states and territories. So is this dolt suggesting that Obama should not accept his party's nomination? Should not give an acceptance speech? Should give the speech in private? In a community theatre? On the back of a pick-up truck? Seriously what is this idiot trying to say? Oh I see, he is just overcome with hatred and telling us that when running against a geriatric dud one must not capitalize on one's charisma. McCain will be giving his acceptance speech in a few days, won't that be a parallel with Paris Hilton? Great job of journalism there WaPo.

Posted by: phil | August 28, 2008 1:26 AM | Report abuse

afaik that comment prior about hipsters is the blazznizzle.

obama's got a mint website, btw.

mccain is old. i am not. obama is not. the donkey is dancing on the elephant in the room's grave. figuratively.

de-emphasization scores a few extra points with the judge from Latvia.

www.qwantz.com rocks!

as a wise young man once clearly stated: "Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo"

put that bee in your bonnet, previous pos-t-eur!

the best part - this post sux!

(required self-effacing comment to give it that extra oomph and je ne sais quoi)

Posted by: Indie Noise in Billburg Bklyn | August 28, 2008 1:29 AM | Report abuse

Who gives a damn about the backdrop. He's going to fill the stadium with 80,000 people. I think that is the real story. Hey at least Obama's backdrop isn't a green screen or Sausage Haus. Get a clue you no talent ass clown.

Posted by: Joe B | August 28, 2008 1:29 AM | Report abuse

John, I agree, middle class tax breaks are needed. But how will this break be counter balanced or subsidized - financed? Maybe Obama can ask Tony Rezko how it's done.

Our economy is weak because of the falling dollar not the (or lack of) spending it. Almost all respected economists point to NAFTA as the key culprit. Who signed NAFTA into effect? Look it up.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions and bad forethought.

But love the big words, very impressive.

Posted by: Liam Basser | August 28, 2008 1:36 AM | Report abuse

IF KRAUTHAMMER WAS CREDIBLE, WHICH HE IS NOT, HE WOULD CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT HE IS GOING TO SAY. WHO CARES ABOUT THE SET DECORATIONS. ANY CAPARISON OF NAPOLEON, A DICTATOR, WITH AN ELECTED NOMINEE IS VULGAR.

Posted by: randall from pittsburgh | August 28, 2008 1:47 AM | Report abuse

obama's glizzy showmanship is a black thing, you know like when you used to see a black riding in a cadilac with the coon tail on the antenna and the giant oversized dice hanging from the mirrior, or the glitzy clothes and fur jackets they would wear out on the town when it was 90 degrees. Blacks have always like glizz and attention. If obama should win you may as well get used to it, as it won't be long before the bbq's and sitting around the white house grilling out on the lawn with a fire burning in a steel drumm will be an every Sunday event. If you dont believe this just go to any neighborhood on any given Saturday or Sunday that has a majority black population living there.
Welcome to the hood.

Posted by: used2bdemocrat@aol.com | August 28, 2008 1:48 AM | Report abuse

Well... for financing the middle class tax breaks, at least revert the upper class tax breaks that Bush initially pushed through. Make it a zero-sum game, the middle class gets all the dollars that went to the upper class. I'm sure that it could be legislated as such although politicians as a whole seem to spend more than they promise (both parties, at least since pay-go).

Given the ever widening income gap and inflationary pressures on health care, education, food, gas/oil, I think it's at least a start. The risk is that if we demolish our middle class, the capitalism that drives the "American Dream" will lose steam. Some of this cycles are self-reinforcing and difficult to break if they become runaway.

Generally political cycles tend to work in opposition to these economic cycles and somewhat counterbalance them. I believe that Democrats are lined up mostly to counter the unbalanced influence the Republicans have had in government recently. Hopefully the pendulum moves towards moderation, because right now, those of us in the middle are generally getting screwed both economically and by our partisan politicians.

Just my take though.

Posted by: John E Beegud | August 28, 2008 1:49 AM | Report abuse

Hey Iamdela
Nice comment. Did you know Dr K was in an accident which left him quadraplegic?
He graduated from Harvard Med School and probably has an IQ 3 times the size of yours.
You must be the kind of guy that keeps pit bulls and parana at home and goes to the Sat nite dog fights after a few quarts of Bohemia.
Nice crowd you libs run with!I will take a Hestonesque gunslinger any day of the week!
JLK

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Krauthammer is a Bush administration appointee and all-around conservative nitwit. He's a physician of the same "I'm a doctor so I'm an expert on everything" school as those regularly fleeced by con men. (His famous quote supporting the war in Iraw was, "There is not a single, remotely plausible, alternative strategy for attacking the monster behind 9/11."


You should have seen him tonight trying to assert without a shred of explanation that Biden's criticism of McCain wouldn't fly because "everyone knows that McCain is a maverick." Hello, earth to Chuck -- can you say "95% voting record in support of Bush"???

Posted by: UrsaM | August 28, 2008 2:08 AM | Report abuse

Well, everyone should be less upset about CK's comments and more perturbed with the fact that so far 3(okay,4) of the main
"players" in this election so far have been in Washington and are partly to blame for any problems we have in this country!
Instead of griping about what a writer has to say, we should spend more time trying to
find out as much as we can about the candidates and what they will be able to do if elected! Besides that, really aren't we all glad to live in the USA, where we can complain loudly and publicly all we want without fear of reprisal or punish-
ment! Let's all HOPE and PRAY that that
will never CHANGE!!!!!!

Posted by: packerfan4life | August 28, 2008 2:22 AM | Report abuse

At Intrade, the price of Obama contracts has resumed its decline, and McCain contracts are getting stronger again. Men who had the confidence actually to put money on Obama's being elected President are losing their confidence. I wonder if Obama's decorative taste has helped him maintain his standing.

Posted by: Kralizec | August 28, 2008 2:47 AM | Report abuse

perhaps the context is Pangea, or the utopia of Atlantis
a crowning between fifth columns
before the blue sign-sea of Change

Posted by: Mrs. J.A.S. | August 28, 2008 3:07 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised Krauthammer, the neocon's neocon, didn't follow Peggy Noonan by throwing in an allusion the Nuremberg rallies while he was at it. As the great American philosopher Richard Rorty put it, anything can be made to look better or worse by simply redescribing it. Obviously ANYTHING Obama does will be endlessly redescribed by the neocons, by Fox, by all the forces fighting a jihad against him. If the American public is as tragically stupid as it was in its votes for Bush in '00 and '04 then they will buy this crap, and we can all kiss any hope for America good-bye for good. If the American public, after six years of a war which has cost them 4,000 dead American kids and a trillion dollar debt, just for starters, and the poorest economic performance of any president since Hoover, finally wakes up and reacts to its pain with the logic of throwing the rascals out, all this crap will mean nothing. We're either in for the most tragic and hopeless election in American history, or the most hopeful. It's up to the great booboisie, as always. Bush has done all he could to drive them into revolt. If they're still so dumb that they can be herded back into their pen by the Krauthammers of the world, let's all move to Canada.

Posted by: jeanrenoir | August 28, 2008 3:08 AM | Report abuse

Krauthammer used to post reasoned arguments. Now, all he does is express bitterness. His criticisms of Obama are shockingly petty and superficial. I would like to consider his point of view. But on the issue of Barack Obama he has lost, at least to this reader, all credibility.

Posted by: Englebert | August 28, 2008 3:11 AM | Report abuse

When BHO's speech is finished will they announce, "Ladies & Gentlemen, Jesus has left the building". I can't wait to see how BHO is going to feed all the liberals in the stadium. I wander if they will sell beer during the speech. If so, They may not even notice Sampson toppling over the pillars.

Posted by: Danny | August 28, 2008 3:15 AM | Report abuse

Wow, what pathetic whining Krauthammer does here.

Posted by: MJB | August 28, 2008 3:16 AM | Report abuse

$6 million for ONE night.... ya know there's a hell of alot of middle America folks who have lost their homes, or who have a difficult time choosing between gas to get to work and milk for the table...what about that village that he said he was going to help build a school for in Africa...hmmm as I understand it they're still waiting for that school.
$6 million for ONE night...wonder just how many folks that would have helped out or how many schools that would have built in Africa ...or how many gallons of gas that would have bought or gallons of milk...This is a POLTICAL Convention not the friggin TONY's or OSCARS...sheesh grow the frak up!!!!

Posted by: Artsykr | August 28, 2008 3:18 AM | Report abuse

Joe Biden's speech at the convention was full of hubris and false information. He said John McCain voted 95% in line with Bush. That's not true and not even close. John McCain is somewhat a pariah in the Republican Party because he didn't follow orders like Bush did. He made other intentional misstatements that will come back to haunt him. Hey Joe, here's some advice: do not bring up Obama's State Senate record as a success that he championed - it is common and documented knowledge and fact that Obama bill jacked almost every single piece of legislation due to the guided hand of the Senate's President Emil Jones (who's under corruption investigation via Tony Rezko) who's on record stating that he is going to "make" a US Senator. Ask Rickey Hendon why he and Obama came to blows on the Senate floor in Illinois... Obama punked him on a bill that would benefit the poor and Obama tried to smooth talk him and ended the conversation with a blackmail threat to shut Rickey up. The school reform Obama pushed failed. Joe Biden is a bag of wind, lofty speeches with no real plan, using negative sentiment to fuel a call for "change." What we should change is money in exchange for influence, i.e. you #1 contributor being connected to credit card legislation involving millions and by sheer coincidence, your brother and son.

Posted by: Bill Trouting | August 28, 2008 3:27 AM | Report abuse

Oh, PLEASE, do another over-the-top, full throated performance like the Wellstone memorial.

An acceptance of a party nomination shouldn't look like a cornonation.

Democrats never know how to do the subtle light touch.

Thank goodness you guys never learn.

Posted by: Aquariusstar | August 28, 2008 3:41 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't say Obama has lost his mind--I'd say his delusions of grandeur have surfaced again...but he should wear a Greek robe and descend from the sky to complete the effect.

What do you think gals and guys--will this help prove he is "one of us- a guy to be trusted to be the Commander-In-Chief?"

Biden is a Carter clone--will that help?

Posted by: pecanpii | August 28, 2008 3:48 AM | Report abuse

Will someone please pay attention to SPRING RAIN? Maybe then she will stop her delirious screeching.... please.

Posted by: freelyb | August 28, 2008 3:49 AM | Report abuse

Columns? A platform? Clearly he's lost his mind. I mean, George W. Bush used columns and a platform in 2004, and we all know how mentally stable he is.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 3:52 AM | Report abuse

Krauthammer's remarks point out the mass-delusionary quality that is central to the Obama campaign. The use of this form of "stagecraft" is right out of Mussolini's and Hitler's playbooks. Take a look at George L. Mosse's The Nationalization of the Masses, some time. And don't forget, the peculiar and extravagant Chinese ceremonies at the Olympics were created by Albert Speer, Jr., whose father was Hitler's architect and the creator of the "walls" and columns of light that created the "new history" image at Hitler's rallies. Obama's imagery is by design. Perfect, for a thoughtless mass craving a new leader to address as "holy."

Posted by: mosse | August 28, 2008 3:57 AM | Report abuse

False war, CIA leak, Prosecutor firing ... are possible due to people like Krauthammer.

These are the people who want everyone to drive so that Talk Radio can sell (less cars on road lower rating)

They scare. Jesus, show these guys some light

Posted by: Al R. Sita | August 28, 2008 3:59 AM | Report abuse

Boy --- reading the comments of those who disagree with the FACTS contained in Krauthammer's article, sure paints an ugly picture of the "Democrats" who pretend to champion FREE SPEECH and DIVERSITY....

Most shocking were those who translate every criticism of Obama as a racist attack..

Lots of sick people on the Left...

Posted by: John Morris | August 28, 2008 4:05 AM | Report abuse

Will participants be offered communion and forgiveness of sins as well?

Also can Barry forgive me over TV if I lift my hands in the air duriung the speech.

Posted by: A Sinner | August 28, 2008 4:16 AM | Report abuse

My only question about Obama: Is he the false prophet or the Antichrist?

I guess time will tell.

Posted by: tony | August 28, 2008 4:27 AM | Report abuse

This sounds reminiscent of something that Hitler would have done, yet few see the similarities.

Posted by: Robert DeLong | August 28, 2008 5:01 AM | Report abuse

$6 million for ONE night.... ya know there's a hell of alot of middle America folks who have lost their homes, or who have a difficult time choosing between gas to get to work and milk for the table...what about that village that he said he was going to help build a school for in Africa...hmmm as I understand it they're still waiting for that school.
$6 million for ONE night...wonder just how many folks that would have helped out or how many schools that would have built in Africa ...or how many gallons of gas that would have bought or gallons of milk...This is a POLTICAL Convention not the friggin TONY's or OSCARS...sheesh grow the frak up!!!!

Posted by: Artsykr | August 28, 2008 5:06 AM | Report abuse

This guy is ridiculous. It's that simple. Dems we got this, we just have to pick up the attacks on McCain. Go negative; it will hurt both sides, but we have got to do this.

Posted by: Krysztof | August 28, 2008 5:06 AM | Report abuse

This writer has really low set ears!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 5:54 AM | Report abuse

The Kraut and the Republicans are pathetic. All they have is to try to define Barack as a "celebrity" and the "anointed one" because they are wrong on the issues. They know that McCain 2008 is not the McCain of 2000, when I supported him. He has flip-flopped on every issue to become the mirror image of Bush-Cheney.

And for the McCain supporters who say that Obama supporters are filling the air with hate, you must have your head in the sand. McCain and his team of thugs are saying and doing anything to get elected. They have been running n unethical campaign of lies and distortions about Obama's patriotism and love for America. No one on the Democratic side has questioned John McCain's patriotism...although I personally find it hard to believe McCain can love America but still support Bush's policies 95% of the time. I think he loves the right-wing lobbyists more. America needs a change away from the Republicans. They have been a complete disaster both internationally and domestically. Hopefully that change will come in November.

Posted by: Scott | August 28, 2008 6:31 AM | Report abuse

To all of you left-wingers on this forum, Krauthammer's right, as usual. The Greek God Obama's emergence from this wooden "temple" is going to go down very poorly in middle America.

Talk about delusions of grandeuer!

Posted by: Jim | August 28, 2008 6:44 AM | Report abuse

I agree 100% Mr. Krauthammer. How on earth can someone attack the McCain’s for their life of wealth and privilege, of their inability to connect with the common man, of their 7 houses, and at the same time position himself as a modern day messiah standing between his temple and his adorning worshipers? Did he learn nothing from that fall out at Berlin? Did he gain no understanding of the elitism that seeped from his arugula comment? His wife had to dedicate her speech to attempting to seem like an everyday soccer Mom, a black June Cleaver, yet whatever good came from that he erases with the megalomaniac routine.

They just don’t seem to get it. If you position yourself as the voice of the downtrodden and the working man, you can’t do it in $5000 suits and multi-million dollar love fests. IMHO he would be a much more formidable opponent if he acted the part 100% and held his meetings in small, plain auditoriums. His voice of change would carry a lot father if he changed the way that he campaigned and spent some of the millions not on “World Tours,” not on mass text message campaigns, but actually helping people. The press coverage that he would get would be even more lopsided in his favor than it is now and he would actually have some substance.

As it is now he seems more like the Wizard of Oz. Despite the souring rhetoric and the larger than life events, everyone around seem to be saying “pay no attention to the little man behind the curtain.”

Posted by: AllieMac | August 28, 2008 6:46 AM | Report abuse

This article really aint good. Its pointless.

Posted by: Mw | August 28, 2008 6:54 AM | Report abuse

The fact is, concern. Elitist arrogant muslim-black power leftist, presumptuous arrogant greek coronation of media bias. Here in the Heartland, NASCAR, freedom USA-power free markets REAL Americans stay the course safe regular folks.

Posted by: Gary Ruppert | August 28, 2008 7:08 AM | Report abuse

Apparently theatrics are only okay when Republicans use them.

Classic hilarity having the staging compared now to France or China. Many people are saying the set-up looks ancient Roman or Greek. Personally, I think it looks quite Washingtonian.

Posted by: bgansel9 | August 28, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

I might take Republicans' concerns about "hero worship" more seriously if they didn't spend every night bowing at the feet of zombie Reagan.

Posted by: nitpicker | August 28, 2008 8:19 AM | Report abuse

ARE THAT FACTS THAT CONTRARY TO YOUR BELIEFS?

you can call Krauthammer dull stiff etc but the man is a wealth of information--bright knowledgeable and does his homework--

you left people are biting the hand that feeds you when you complain about the media--that was why obama beat clinton and that is why the race is a dead heat

if your candidate is so great and mccain is so awful then obama and crew should be happy to keep obama's word "I'll met senator mccain anytime anywhere" and meet every night to seriously discuss the issues--obama's numbers when he talks about economic issues DO NOT ADD UP ---he could resolve that in town hall meetings--if he gets elected people will look back at the Bush years as good years--we are in a slow down right now--durable goods were up in july as were new home sales--and ps no president works in a vacuum--clinton had a republican majority sending him bills bush has had your heros with the 18% approval ratings--stop over simplifying and giving out one liners--it doesn't get anyone anywhere and shows the democratic positions must be weak if all they can do is continuously repeat stuff like mcsame--DISCUSS THE ISSUES INSTEAD --something mcsame is happy to do---pss mccain didn't vote for the bush tax cuts because he wanted spending controlled --and mccain wanted the surge way before bush agreed to it--TWO major major differences pss mccain has never applied for cent of pork--obama has applied for how much? Discuss the issues in an intelligent way instead of these petty personal attacks on a solid journalist and on guys with lengthy records

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Posted by Anonymous: "you left people are biting the hand that feeds you when you complain about the media--that was why obama beat clinton and that is why the race is a dead heat"

Umm, not really. Barack Obama's superior networking with a website that allowed others to connect is what created his massive donation advantage. The networks didn't want Obama and were pushing Hillary all along. Hillary only backed down when she went broke (not that I'm trying to drudge up past hurts, just trying to correct your misinterpretation of history).

Posted by: bgansel9 | August 28, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

and you obama supporters ignore his pastor's comments or his ties to rezko or his land development deals in chicago.. Yes Obama is from Illinois.. Have you seen chicago.. It's a dump, it's broke and hand guns are banned when almost all crimes are committed using handguns.. wake up you morons, obama comes from a racist string in chicago set up to rip us off blind. his wife is on the chair at several businesses that get millions under the table... Again idiots wake up, he's done......

Posted by: greg | August 28, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

That's all you have Krauthamme? Whining about the setting where Sen Obama gives his speech so just so, so, so NeoConish.

Posted by: Clint | August 28, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

That's it? A two-paragraph rant that's less coherent than some Internet reader comment?

Krauthamer writing "Hey Obama's popular. That's creepy. I'M not popular. Why does HE get to be popular?" is not an Op Ed.

It's closer to a Mister Ed.

There's an idea, a talking horse. You'd be bound to get more intelligence out of it than this.

Posted by: Bill E Pilgrim | August 28, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Whatever, jerk. Go look at the backdrop for Bush's acceptance speech.

Posted by: pablito | August 28, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

There are millions of writers who could write a better column than this. Charles, lift your game! There's a horde of twelve-year-old essay-writers out there, waiting eagerly for the day when one of your editors decides to actually read your drafts and dump you on the street.

Posted by: Paul Holt | August 28, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

This is Barack Obama's convention. This is Barack Obama's campaign. I think it's admirable that he doesn't "jump" when the McCain campaign says jump. I also think it's admirable that he doesn't "suck up" to the Clintons or anyone else.

There seems to be a certain group of people out there who can't get over the fact that Barack Obama has a brain - and he uses it! So far, his brain hasn't failed him.

Does jealousy have anything to do with this kind of criticism? It reminds me of the time I was in elementary school and would get so jealous of the kids getting more attention, or dressed better, or, in my mind, looked better.

Is he a celebrity? Of course he is. But so is John McCain, George Bush, Dick Cheney, Joe Biden, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton - they're all celebrities.

The bottom line is that Barack Obama's supporters, those who approve his policies and yes, even those who are just a bit curious, are going to go and see him speak if he's speaking at a large stadium or a public restroom.

There are people on this earth, who have the ability to draw others to them. Barack is fortunate enough to be one of those people. That's exactly why he's where he is right now.

If you don't want to see him, turn off the computers and the televisions. Or, better yet, stop talking him. But of course, you can't do that - because you're drawn to him, too.

Posted by: Liz | August 28, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Hey all you 25 year old "kids" still living in your mothers' basements - Your mom called and wants to know if you have any dirty clothes for her to wash for you and stop doing who knows what in front of that computer, you'll go blind!

Posted by: mom | August 28, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

"Krauthammer is so predictable. He's getting even more pathetic than in the past. All partisanship, no substance."

-Spier

Anyone else find the irony in a supporter of Hope and Change Boy, aka, the most liberal member of the US Senate, referring to someone else as "predictable...all partisanship and no substance"?

Posted by: MacIsBack08 | August 28, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Obama! Obama! Obama! Obama! Obama! Obama! Obama! Obama! Obama! Obama! Obama! Obama!
I am so mesmerized by every word spoken by Obama! I don't have to think, I don't have to question, I just have to feel the power of his presence. My love and devotion is complete. He is the new messiah! He will silence those critics who say he is less than a god. He can have critics thrown in prison for re-education. soon everyone will sing his praises. Oh wait, the thought police are coming my way... God help me.

And then a voice will come from the heavens and say, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." And they will haul me away.

Posted by: Aphrodite | August 28, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Seems like very few of these commenters are getting what Krauthammer is getting at... that this ISN"T just a 'convention', that this is abnormal, this is manipulated, this is going to the next level and approaching absurdity.

Has there ever been a convention before where the acceptance speech of the nominee was MOVED to a STADIUM? And does everyone know this stadium is being sold, that the front row seats are fundraisers for this party?

This is a LONG way from "I humbly accept your nomination and promise my best efforts to be worthy of your trust." This is "THE ONE", complete with the Leni Riefenstahls hard at work on camera (although at least he isn't boffing his Leni R, like Edwards did) and the Goebbels propaganda ministry and all the 'little touches'.

This is way way over the top, people. THis is bordering on freaky.

Posted by: Dave | August 28, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

By the way though some barely-literate people use "coronate" as a verb, the actual word is "crown", as in "to crown himself" not "to coronate himself" the use of which just further shows what a pompous yet basically inept writer this man is.

Seriously, this column was pathetic. The Washington Post and the rest of the news media embarrass themselves in a rush to be fair and balanced and include far-right ideologues like this who can manage to be rambling (and barely literate) in two or three paragraphs.

I know that "Bomb Iran! Heh heh.." has become an acceptable level of discourse for right-wing ideolgues running for President, but let's try to have a slightly higher level of intelligence in invited op-ed contributers, please?

Posted by: Bill E Pilgrim | August 28, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

It's more a Lincoln Memorial for Dr. King 2 or a White House for a presidential appearance than some Greek thing.

Posted by: Mike | August 28, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Anonymous wrote:

"you can call Krauthammer dull stiff etc but the man is a wealth of information--bright knowledgeable and does his homework--DISCUSS THE ISSUES INSTEAD-"

So Krauthammer's rant about the convention venue and decorations? The issues?

It's interesting though when the invited columnist writes something about as intelligent as the knuckle draggers who write in to defend him.

He actually starts ranting about Napoleon somewhere in there, if anyone noticed. Yikes. Check his meds, please.

Posted by: Bill E Pilgrim | August 28, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

This guy (Obama) is REALLY scary. And his blind mindless supporters are even scarier! Most of my family supports him - why? They've bought the rant - "they want change", even though they acknowledge that Obama is a socialist, inept and has no plans. I'm hoping for a decent VP choice from McCain - maybe I will have someone to vote for!

Posted by: Joyce | August 28, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

"Has he lost his mind?"

The answer is "yes", Charles Krauthhammer HAS lost his mind.

Posted by: McE | August 28, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

"This is a LONG way from "I humbly accept your nomination and promise my best efforts to be worthy of your trust." This is "THE ONE", complete with the Leni Riefenstahls hard at work on camera (although at least he isn't boffing his Leni R, like Edwards did) and the Goebbels propaganda ministry and all the 'little touches'." - Dave

Fear is so 2001. Hope is the main course now. Why don't you try it? Give your nerves a break.

Posted by: bgansel9 | August 28, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

"Anyone else find the irony in a supporter of Hope and Change Boy, aka, the most liberal member of the US Senate, referring to someone else as "predictable...all "

Posted by: MacIsBack08 | August 28, 2008 8:54 AM

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I don't know, "MacIsBack", but please tell us more about how you call Barack Obama "boy". So we know you're not just some illterate racist slinging moronic slurs.

Class act, the right wingers in this thread, my god.

Posted by: Bill E Pilgrim | August 28, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

I'm a centrist (slightly right leaning on some issues, slightly left on others). I represent the vast silent majority of people in this country outside of NY and California. Millions of square miles of territory. I listened to Bill's speach last night and I thought he did a great job, BUT this is something that stuck with me. He said - remember what happened when we had republicans controlling all three branches of government. It really didn't work out. Unlike him I believe that they were well intentioned and thought that unhindered they could change the world for the better. Fact is they didn't. BUT the reason is simple- NO BALANCE. They were in control of house, senate and white house, all three. You can't make good decisions when there is no balancing opposing view that you need to reconcile with. SO... This is going to be BAD! The democrats are just as well intentioned but if they hold all three parts (house, senate and white house) they will fail just as miserably and we will suffer even more for it. People, we need balance and comprimise in government. So you really think a far left president, a far left majority leader in the senate and Nancy Pelosi can unite the country (All of the country!) or just swing the pendulum all the way back in the other direction as payback to Bush. WE NEED THE SENATE AND HOUSE TO BE CONTROLLED BY DIFFERENT PARTIES AND A CENTRIST PRESIDENT FOR REAL PROGRESS FOR EVERYONE. Think about it.

Posted by: reality | August 28, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

If 'hope is the main course now', then I want to hear tonight what it is we hope FOR.

Hope and Change means NOTHING without specific details of what we'll change TO, and what we are hoping FOR.

And forgive me if I get a little afraid when I see a presentation like this, because in the past this kind of presentation has led to or accelerated some serious fascism.

My vote will NEVER go to someone who promises hope and change but doesn't EXPLAIN what he means by it. I want to know his proposals, and I suspect they are identical to proposals from the late '60s up through the Carter era. Economically destructive, punitive to productivity, exacerbating divisions and removing the will of productive people to 'pull the wagon', so to speak. Atlas might be near shrugging, once Obama explains himself.

What other reason could there be for NOT explaining himself so far?

Posted by: Dave | August 28, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

All hail The One - the one with little experience, few accomplishments, and little substance other than raising taxes (causing further harm to the economy), bloating the unaccountable, wasteful federal government and weakening our national defense.

Posted by: Brett | August 28, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

This guy (Obama) is REALLY scary. And his blind mindless supporters are even scarier! Most of my family supports him - why? They've bought the rant - "they want change", even though they acknowledge that Obama is a socialist, inept and has no plans. I'm hoping for a decent VP choice from McCain - maybe I will have someone to vote for!

Posted by: Joyce | August 28, 2008 9:11 AM

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Dear Joyce,

Your family scares you, everyone scares you, Obama scares you, your family and Obama are all scary and plotting against you, "REALLY scary!", Napoleon, and so on.

I think you and Charles Krauthammer are definitely on the same page here, anyway.

Good job supporting his opinion. I see why you like him.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

"It really didn't work out. Unlike him I believe that they were well intentioned and thought that unhindered they could change the world for the better. Fact is they didn't. BUT the reason is simple- NO BALANCE. They were in control of house, senate and white house, all three. You can't make good decisions when there is no balancing opposing view that you need to reconcile with. SO... This is going to be BAD! The democrats are just as well intentioned but if they hold all three parts (house, senate and white house) they will fail just as miserably and we will suffer even more for it." - reality

Unfortunately, reality, you've not thought this out very well. For the past 8 years we had a president who demanded "unitary executive" privileges and his Republican underlings in the senate and house never opened their mouths to challenge the executive branch. That's why the Congress from 2000-2004 was called the "Rubber Stamp Congress". Look it up. In the current Congress they haven't gotten much better.

Democrats will not be continuing the unitary executive farce. There are three branches of goverment which are supposed to be checks and balances against each other. We haven't had that in 8 long years, will will have it again under Barack Obama.

Posted by: bgansel9 | August 28, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

All hail The One - the one with little experience, few accomplishments, and little substance other than raising taxes (causing further harm to the economy), bloating the unaccountable, wasteful federal government and weakening our national defense.

Posted by: Brett | August 28, 2008 9:27 AM

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Brett: True. How much better it was with George Bush and the far right removing our deficit, un-bloating the debt, no government spending increases into trillions and trillions-- what a paradise it's been!

You neocon-duped mindless pawns just keep repeating "they'll raise our taxes!" despite the fact that it's the exact opposite.

The only people who had taxes not raised under George Bush were those making millions, and I seriously doubt that you're one of those.

Just because Rush Limbaigh repeats these talking points doesn't mean that there's any turth to them.

Barack Obama is telling you that he'll lower taxes on anyone making less than 250,000 a year. Do you make more than that? Is this what all the ranting about "raising our taxes" is coming from?

Really?

Or are you just repeating, ditto-like, without really knowing what you're talking about?

I'm actually curious which it is. Are you happy to give those making from a quarter of a million upward huge tax breaks at your expense? So you, the average earner of much less than that, can pay more, under McCain?

Really?

Are you really happy to give away that tax money as donations to tax breaks for the rich and for huge corporations all out of some utterly invalidated "voo doo economics" (that was George HW Bush's term for it, once upon a time) that never worked?

Really?

Brainwashed. That's all I can ever figure.

Posted by: Bill E Pilgrim | August 28, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

"Hope and Change means NOTHING without specific details of what we'll change TO, and what we are hoping FOR." - Dave

Sorry to inform you, Dave, but there's this thing called the internet (?) you may have heard about it, and on the internet is a website called www.mybarackobama.com where you can find out all that information and more. It's been there for ages, why do you not know this?

Posted by: bgansel9 | August 28, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Well I have to go but in closing I leave you with this:

Yes, Charles Krauthammer, Obama sounds downright uppity.

He should accept the nomination from a much more subdued setting, and just do it quietly and not make a big deal of it.

The back of a bus, for example.

That would be perfect.

Posted by: Bill E Pilgrim | August 28, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

hey bgansel9,
If the far left controls all three branches how can you pretend there will be any checks and balances! They all completely agree. It will be another rubber stamp government. Perhaps you are the one who didn't think it out very well. If you feel you did then perhaps your logic is defective. Don't worry, supposedly there will be free health coverage for your "special challenge" soon.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

This is a really bizarre, child-like article. I'm not sure what it's even doing here.

Posted by: Chris | August 28, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

To-GA! To-GA! To-GA!

If this recidivistic Leftwing militant had anything of substance to say, if he had any genuine achievement to point to, then the hype and the hoopla would be consistent with a typical Presidential campaign, only with a lavishness of set that's become possible with modern production technology.

The over-the-top extravaganza those watching the Democrat-Socialist convention will see tonight will unfortunately only underscore the "empty" in BO's empty suit. It's a damned pretty suit, but...what was that thing Mondale asked about beef?

Given the fact that Obama's entire ideologicaly is a strident collectivist's worship of government's absolute power over the individual, and given that the core of American liberty is the unprecedented elevation of the individual over the collective, and given that that achievement of individualism over collectivism had its roots in a Greek named Aristotle (America's first Founding Father) - it's sadly ironic that this arch-enemy of individual liberty will be wrapping himself in the veneer of Greek antiquity.

The man has found a way to defecate not just on modern individuals, but on ancient ones too. Amazing.

Bottom line - this speech will be every bit as impressive and memorable as his Berlin extravaganza, only with better production values. Which is to say: not very.

By the time we're midway through BO's first debate without a TelePrompTer, we'll all be shaking our heads in embarrassed amusement. By the time he takes his place alongside Mondale and Dukakis, this gaudy puffery will be the stuff of standup comic routines about wretched excess...

But hey, hold high the cardboard sword!

To-GA! To-GA!

(Which reminds me... I wonder if he'll be wearing one. Just to complete the image, ya know.)

Posted by: Blutarski | August 28, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Y'know, I admit that I was starting to get a little frightened when I heard about this stage, but after seeing this video I'm feeling a lot better about it. It's not worse than the stage in the convention hall and actually seems a lot more subtle than it. QUIT FUSSING OVER NOTHING!

Posted by: Peter | August 28, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Looks a lot like Bush's set for his convention.....

Sad that the republicans don't have anything better to complain about....seriously, stage sets, lapel pins, Paris and Brittany.....it is getting pretty pathetic.

Posted by: kb | August 28, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

"ideology," not "ideologicaly." Typo-spaz, mea culpa.

Posted by: Blutarski | August 28, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

"If the far left controls all three branches how can you pretend there will be any checks and balances! They all completely agree. It will be another rubber stamp government. Perhaps you are the one who didn't think it out very well. If you feel you did then perhaps your logic is defective. Don't worry, supposedly there will be free health coverage for your "special challenge" soon."

Who said that the Dems are going to have total control? You did, not I. Who said "the far left" would have total control? Again, you did, not I. I do not see the Dems (or even the "far left Dems" for that matter) having total control. We're a big tent, we don't all agree on everything. We aren't Republicans, we believe in individual and dissenting opinion. There will still be floor fights. There will still be dissent. There will still be filibusters and late night votes. There will still be Dems who don't always agree on everything (we don't vote lockstep the way Repubs do). No, I have no "special challenge" but thanks for attacking me and proving you felt threatened. ;)

Posted by: bgansel9 | August 28, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

""ideology," not "ideologicaly." Typo-spaz, mea culpa."

I am glad to meet another fallible human being who makes mistakes and is willing to admit it. Be cheerful that you have this ability. It's more than our current pResident and his supposed successor can pull out.

Posted by: bgansel9 | August 28, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

I am tired of people saying that Sen. Obama lacks no specifics. There is a great deal of information on his web site. There is a fair amount of information coming from his speeches.

Republican hacks, such as Mr. Krauthammer, have decided this is a nice meme to repeat ad nauseum.

Posted by: Dave from Oregon | August 28, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

"ideology," not "ideologicaly." Typo-spaz, mea culpa.

Posted by: Blutarski | August 28, 2008 10:03 AM

You wrote an incoherent rant about defecating and you're worried about a typo?

The tiny glimmers of sanity that slipped through in your rant did contain the same idiotic claim that others here have made "He's said nothing about policy or plans!!" which is easily debunked by just reading the Obama Web site, it's simply bursting with information. Just like his speeches have been, despite the moronic lies that it's only about "hope" with no substance.

Yeah, I know, you'd rather remain ignorant and make adolescent body function jokes.

Doing your party proud.

Carry on.

Posted by: Bill E Pilgrim | August 28, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

It's always shocking to hear the responses of the ObaMorons to any sort of criticism of their Messiah. I'm a lifelong Democrat, but I am not at all turned on by yet another Obama Mass Rally. Who is this guy? Adolph Hitler?

The glaring defect in Obama's strategy is that he was too chicken to accept McCain's offer for 10 Townhall debates, and was also too chicken to accept Hillary's offer to debate without a moderator.

Obama just wants to stand "on high" and make ObaOrations and ObaPronouncements and ObaNuances and ObaWisecracks, while his adoring fans yell and scream and group-grope to orgasim.

Am I going to watch his speech? NO WAY. Obama is nothing but fluff. He doesn't have the gonads to debate, and just feeds us negative ads and MORONIC speeches about "hope", "race" and apple pie.

If he's speaking to a white audience, he talks about Granny (the old honky bigot), while if he's talking to a black audience, he talks about his wonderful black father, who knocked up some white chick in Kansas, and then deserted the family to go back to Africa before the Kansas white boys lynched his n-word a-word.

Groan. I hope the Republican Convention is better than THIS abortion. But I doubt that it will be.

Posted by: JackWOrf | August 28, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Obama is a crazy arrogant person.

Who does is think he is ? Ceasar ?

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http://leblogdrzz.over-blog.com/article-22049632.html

Posted by: drzz | August 28, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Sarah, so you know, simply and simple are not the same word.....thank you for proving my point....now shhhhh, trash cans need to be emptied!!!

Posted by: Shocked67 | August 28, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Who exactly is Charles Krauthammer and why should anyone care what he thinks or doesn't think? Has he done anything notable, other than to spend every waking minute of his day dreaming up nasty things to say about Democrats? Wow, what erudition, what a principled stand... oh wait, nothing there but partisan bile. Gosh, how did this get into what used to be such a respected paper? Did the Reverend Moon buy this one as well?

Posted by: Arthur | August 28, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

The fascinating thing about this thread is that none of the liberals have addressed the point of Krauthammer's piece - how a Zeus-like appearance of Obama as savior will play to the gun-totin', Bible thumpin' folks who actually, you know, VOTE.

I realize that elite, liberal opinion is that these proles should not be allowed near a voting booth, but for the moment, at least, you have to deal with the fact that the U.S. is a representative democracy.

Posted by: nyguy | August 28, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

*One has to nod in agreement with Krauthammer.*

One also has to take a dump about once a day, and I think that what I just flushed is on intellectual par with Charlie's ramblings.

Posted by: Ryan | August 28, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Well, now that all the fearful Republicans have gotten their messiah conspiracy theory totally messing with their heads... "surprise!" it's not a messiah complex/recreation at all.

Today is the 45th anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech made by Martin Luther King in front of the Lincoln Memorial. The columns are a recreation of the event - just as I said earlier, they look so "Washingtonian".

Funny how Republicans descend into such fearmongering, and they thought Democrats were crazy.

Posted by: bgansel9 | August 28, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

The only reason the neocons complain about Obama filling a football stadium is that mccain could never do it. the traffic, the crowds, the yelling... his folks will just stay home.

Posted by: ron prichard | August 28, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Had a thought the other night while watching the convention. Imagine Michelle Obama green.

Posted by: polpis | August 28, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Krauthammer. I find Obama's continual not-so-subtle attempts to invoke the image of JFK nauseating. How could Americans allow themselves to be so duped by this guy? But then, the U.S. is a nation where people buy corn flakes not based on their nutritional content but rather by the picture on the cereal box.

Posted by: jgzeger | August 28, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

The platform is supposed to imitate the Lincoln Memorial--which itself imitates a Greek temple. Today is the anniversary of the Martin Luther King's speech at the March on Washington. We're in for a second "I have a dream speech" from Obama--or rather "the dream has been fulfilled" speech.

No, Obama has not lost his mind. He's aiming to play the race card, big time.

Posted by: Edward Halper | August 28, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Krauthammer is burning up with jealousy. If he could rouse a crowd like Obama, he would be up on a stage too. The best way to deal with a jealous rival is to rub his nose in it. Given them hell, Barack!

Posted by: PostReader | August 28, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Colorado is a swing state, Krauthammer. It is a very fiscally and politically sound campaign move to invite ANYONE from the state who wants to come to hear his speech and be a part of the things. A larger venue makes that possible. It is one of his best chances to convince the undecideds that he's their candidate.

Bold choices that pay off with a big bang for his campaign's buck. It's what got him the nomination and one of the things that will make him a great president.

Admit it, you know you can't wait to watch.

Posted by: Troy | August 28, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Krauthammer,
You are simply an insufficiently mentally endowed spin artist for the right. This article is an obvious and horribly delivered smear attempt. I say this as a McCain supporter- you put us all to shame.

The conventions have evolved to the point where it is quite obviously precedented to do precisely what Obama is doing. Next time you have some moronic criticism to deliver to our opponents, make it something that your own party was not the one by whom the precedent was set.

Posted by: Dan Gilbert | August 28, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

"No, Obama has not lost his mind. He's aiming to play the race card, big time."

He's black, get over it. He's acting exactly what he is. What was your opinion of Hillary appealing to women by talking about glass ceilings? Was that a gender card?

Posted by: bgansel9 | August 28, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

The spin that's now emerging from the MSM is that the only way Obama doesn't win in November is if the racists carry the day. In other words, the only reason to not vote for Obama is because you're a bigot.

Never mind his lack of experience and depth, his dealings with lunatics and terrorists, his withheld records, his **voting** record, and... must I go on?

Obama talks pretty and says nothing. End of story, McCain for the win.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

That greek temple that you right wing pundits keep getting so worked up about is actually a stage set-up that is virtually identical to the stage set-up used by George W. Bush at the GOP convention 4 years ago. Funny, I don't recall you being so critical of it then. Hmmmm. Why is that.

Don't believe me -- take a look for yourself:

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0808/Bushs_2004_temple.html

Krauthammer -- When will the intellectual dishonesty stop? The Clintons blew the roof off of the "Obama/Clinton Rift" narrative, Ben Smith has blown the roof of the "Obamaa thinks he should be in a Temple" narrative, McCain's inability to remember that he has 7 - 12 houses, and the disclosure that he pays more than $250,000 annually for all of the family's butlers and other servants blew the roof off of the "Obama is really the elitist, not McCain" narrative, Joe Biden has blown the roof off of the "Will Obama pass the "first major decision as a candidate" test?" narrative, and the disclosure that the PUMA (Part Unity My Ass) founder was a McCain contributer in 2000 and never gave money to Hillary -- showing that it is really a GOP initiative flowing from Limbaugh's Operation Chaos -- and the additional disclosure that PUMA has maybe 50-100 members, not the 2-3 Million that they originally claimed, and they have done almost NOTHING to retire Hillary's campaign debt (contrary to their exaggerated claim that tPUMA members alone had cut the Clinton campaign debt in half, blows the roof off of the "Millions of disaffected Hillary supporters will vote for McCain" narrative.

It's time to cut the crap and stop trying fit the facts into the dishonest story you are so intent on telling (you partisan, you) rather than letting the facts lead you to the story. Actually, that time came 20-30 years ago -- and you missed all opportunitieas to do right by your profession, sadly, over that time period, as far as I am concerned. That's what good journalism is about, although it may not advance your patently obvious objective of using your column to smear Obama and his supporters, and bring about another four years of GOP rule. What a disgrace.

Posted by: MT from CC | August 28, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

"He's black, get over it. He's acting exactly what he is. What was your opinion of Hillary appealing to women by talking about glass ceilings? Was that a gender card?"

Obama's being black is indeed an advantage for him. I'd like to see a black president. But I'll vote on the issues.

What I find interesting and annoying is the way race (and gender) are being used to appeal for votes. While claiming, implicitly, to be a victim, Obama is appealing for votes because of his race as if voting for him will right the wrongs of segregation and fulfill King's dream.

It's as noxious to vote for Obama because he is black as it would be to vote against him because he is black. It's also a bit bizarre: he is scion of privilege who has benefited from his race throughout his life. He's had to work hard in this campaign to be able to relate to ordinary African-Americans.

Posted by: Edward Halper | August 28, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I never expected you to vote on a nomination acceptance speech. Of course you're supposed to vote on the issues.

"While claiming, implicitly, to be a victim"

Barack Obama does not claim to be a victim. He claims to come from a working class family and background and being proud of it. Please cite where he ever "claimed, implicitly, to be a victim".

Posted by: bgansel9 | August 28, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

It's more about the audacity that Obama continues to have.

He's egotistical and elitist with his own presidential seal. The United States of Obama...wait...The "President of the World"

He'll end all the racial and religious tensions throughout the world and do what no Miss America has been able to do...give us World Peace!!!!

pardon me while I go to the bathroom and vomit.

Posted by: momps | August 28, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

"It's as noxious to vote for Obama because he is black as it would be to vote against him because he is black. It's also a bit bizarre: he is scion of privilege who has benefited from his race throughout his life. He's had to work hard in this campaign to be able to relate to ordinary African-Americans."

very insightful way to put it.

Posted by: momps | August 28, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

"It's also a bit bizarre: he is scion of privilege who has benefited from his race throughout his life. He's had to work hard in this campaign to be able to relate to ordinary African-Americans."

Oh, the only way he could get the advantage of going to Harvard was to go on scholarship? He has benefitted from his race? Please cite proof.

Posted by: bgansel9 | August 28, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

"It's more about the audacity that Obama continues to have."

Many people don't see it, me included.

If you think he is arrogant or narcissistic, don't vote for him. It's that plain and simple.

Posted by: bgansel9 | August 28, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Hail Ceaser

err Obama

no Ceaser

oh hell!

Posted by: The Truth | August 28, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

As Joe Klein points out in Time, the substance of the Republican campaign campaign is churlish, sarcastic, and snide. The only policy meme is "Drill here! Drill now!" and every serious person knows that makes no geological or economic sense now or in 2018.

Foisting a hollow promise as "policy" is their stock in trade. When Gore and Kerry put out solid policy statements (energy crisis, global warming, Iraq occupation) Rove derided it as boring and wonky.

Now it's not wonky enough. A low-grade double bind.

Let's recall that before the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court appointed George Bush, President Cheney and the other monkey keepers ran not-so-curious George on a specious populist appeal. A large part of the electorate apparently thought this iteratively failing scion of Andover, Yale, and Harvard was someone with whom they could "have a beer." His appeal was that he was NOT bright, was not caught up on policy, was not elite. Well, two for three on that. And by the by, exactly how many beers has he had with Joe Sixpack in the last 8 years?

So now, McCain has embraced the people who accused him of fathering a black child. There's character we can believe in!

There do remain similarities between the current placeholder President and McCain:

a. Like Bush, not real bright. (565/569 at USNA, tuition paid by taxpayers.) No notable philosophy or ideas. He did sit in a hole by himself from 1967-72, but did not emerge, like a Nelson Mandela, with any kind of coherent vision. His book was ghostwritten, btw.

b. Fell forward by marrying money that his father in law made. McCain earned it!

c. No particular world view. A shapeshifter who just wants to be President to sorta maybe kinda not implement some stuff.

d. His policy team IS Bush's. Phil Gramm, the neo-Cons. Where have these people gotten us? Were the US a corporation using cash accounting it would long since have been Chapter 7 bankrupt. Same team, same results. Judge a candidate in large part by his policy team. Very bright people are lining up behind Obama.

What's the campaign really about? If David Walker is right, the GOP's fiscal dismantling of the government--the Republicans' real agenda--will leave nothing standing except private enterprise. Anything that impedes short term profit, like carbon trading or diplomacy instead of arms, must be rejected. So let's make THAT the discussion, instead of all the horsedookey about gays, flag pins, abortion, Schiavo, etc.

The world has changed. Reactionary old guard thinking won't go easily into the night. Even a 40-year-old who thinks like McCain is being seriously obsoleted by what is happening in the world. That's what's happening while the real Republicans cling for dear life to their 15% tax rate. True, it has redistributed wealth from steerage to the luxury cabins, but the entire ship is sinking.

Posted by: DavisWhite | August 28, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

One thing for sure, reading these "feeble minded" comments against Krauthammer sure relects the intelligence level (or rather the lack of it) by these "brain washed, seething with hate" liberals. Better get ready for another 4 years without a Democrat in the White House, as your "mesiah" (another empty suit)heads home to watch the inaugurantion on TV on Jan 20th, 2009.

Posted by: Fair236 | August 28, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

BREAKING NEWS!! Obama Glimpsed Rehearsing at INVESCO Field

http://penetratinginsights.blogtownhall.com

Posted by: Michael Asher | August 28, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

If a Reublican had the same staging, Democrats would call it a salute to fascism. I have a feeling they still can.

Posted by: Morgo | August 28, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

What if he introduces his running mate Colin Powell?

Posted by: Morgo | August 28, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I find it fascinating how so many of the libs claim Krauthammer's guilty of ad hominem attacks and a lack of objectivity, and then go off and engage in the most venal of ad hominem attacks on him (or on Bush, Rove or whoever else they deem undesirable), often competing with themselves to see how much emotional venom they can inject into their comments.

Posted by: Taiji218 | August 28, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

bgansel9:
1. "Barack Obama does not claim to be a victim. He claims to come from a working class family and background and being proud of it. Please cite where he ever "claimed, implicitly, to be a victim"."

2. "Oh, the only way he could get the advantage of going to Harvard was to go on scholarship? He has benefitted from his race? Please cite proof."

1. His defense of Jeremiah Wright last spring was doing just that--elegantly and effectively. He was raised by his grandmother who was not exactly working class.

2. Yeah, and he also attended an elite private high school in Honolulu. Sure, he's bright. But so are a lot of others.

Posted by: Edward Halper | August 28, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Obama's a creepy marxist but at least (as Biden points out), he's clean and articulate, etc.

Krauthammer? He's right on the money as usual.

Posted by: Jim | August 28, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

BHO's candidacy is ridiculous and insulting to any thinking American. If this is still the United States John McCain will be President next year. For the life of me I can't figure out how a guy who sat in that Church for twenty years and worked with Ayers on any project instead of punching him in the nose can get this close. Oh yeah - he was nominated by the Democrats, I mean the DNC, Hillary was chosen by the voters. Shame on the DNC and shame on the United States if he is elected.

Posted by: Sheridan Bucket | August 28, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I hardly ever read the comments section to one of these columns, much less respond myself. The amazing thing to me though is how lacking the liberal attacks are in any kind of substance. Those people can't seem to hold themselves back from name calling and ad hominem attacks (that means refuting the person, rather than the argument - just wanted to clarify since many comments use improper grammar and incorrect spelling). If you read the comments to a liberal's column, I doubt you would find the same overzealous, hate-filled emotional tenor. Whether you agree with Krauthammer or not, it's clear that the big doubts about Obama among undecideds/moderates have a lot to do with his inexperience and over-inflated ego. So a stadium convention speech (first in 48 years) and the Greek columns seem unlikely to help assuage those.

Posted by: Travis | August 28, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

It will certainly be interesting to see. Almost like a God from Mount Olympus slumming with the mortals. But then that's how the "Obama" sees himself. He is "The ONE we've been waiting for" Both Hillary & Bill did a masterful job supporting "The ONE" the past 2 days despite the contempt he has shown them. They truly showed why Hillary should be the nominee, and "The ONE" should go back to the state legislature in Illinois. "The Obama" is getting a little creepy...not only is he the most Arrogant man to ever be nominated for the Presidency...but he really seems to be developing a CULT. Scary stuff!

Posted by: valwayne | August 28, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

So the first black nominee for pres. accepts on the aniv. of MLK'a I've got a dream speech, in front of some stage set that resembles the Lincoln Memorial. Obvious.

Posted by: ikkyu | August 28, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

rulo123 stated

"At this point in the political season, Americans yearn to hear a well articulated and thought out plan for economic stimulation and recovery. An economic game plan we can sink our teeth into! "


Maybe we assumed you could use the "interweb" unlike John McCain

Here is Obama’s 40+ page plan -

http://www.barackobama.com/pdf/issues/economy/Obama_Keeping_Americas_Promise.pdf

Here is McCain’s 12 page plan (counting the pretty pictures:

http://www.johnmccain.com/Images/Issues/JobsforAmerica/briefing.pdf

Here is a comparison from a non-partisan group showing the personal and economic impacts of both plans:

http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/UploadedPDF/411693_CandidateTaxPlans.pdf

Fast summary (in case you don’t want to slog through it):

Personal - (basically you are better off under Obama unless you make over $250,000.00)
Economic - (McCain passes on $6,000,000,000,00.00 - yes that is trillions more debt to your children and grandchildren)

Hope that helps

Posted by: John W | August 28, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Just realized who Krauthammer reminds me of. Seems like I used to see him on TV when I was a kid in the 1950s. He was known as "Howdy Doody" back then. He's aged considerably, but is still recognizable :-)

All kidding aside, I do agree that these monstrous pep rallies for THE ONE seem a bit creepy - sort of like a 21st Century version of those raucous Hitler Youth Rallies back in the early 1930s.

A question comes to mind - Is Obama's speech actually part of the convention or is he just putting in an appearance at the end of a noisy Hip Hop/Rock Music Concert?

Posted by: Roy Cox | August 28, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

It was a democracy, if you consider that only the elite citiznes could vote, women had no rights, and they did not treat their slaves like humans. If you consider some greeks sacrificed humans, yeah, its a democracy.

Posted by: Dave | August 28, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Spoken like the crippled neocon sourpuss that he is.

Posted by: Ron Jeremy | August 28, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

The set is a Greek Temple. Obama doesn't want to be crowned Emperor. He is in the Temple where the priests of the Democratic party will confirm his divine demigod status. Give me a break. You Ozombies would choose "The Precious" over Jesus Christ right now.

Posted by: Ron4Hills | August 28, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

"lead by Uncle TOM Juan William and Karl(NAZI)Rove".

Whoever wrote that statemant above must not know the "Juan Williams" is actually a big liberal. I guess since most people have been to accustomed to "far left" liberal views, they are too ignorant to see when a "moderate liberal" has a viewpoint.

As for "racist"...perhaps you have not heard any good jokes from Joe Biden lately. He made jokes about East Indians in 7-11 and He even called the man he wants to work for (OBama), "clean"....
wonder how he really feels about most African Americans.


As for taxes...all i know is tha Bushes tax cuts put an extra 160 bucks a month in my pocket...and I dont make over 250,000 a year. Just remember what happened when big-liberal policies went into affect (ie Jimmy Carter). You had recession and 20 percent interest rates.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

The funny thing about all these OAKS (Obama a$$ kissers) is that they STILL cannot point to a single legislative accomplishment in this mans life.

Posted by: Vinnyb | August 28, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Values? Did someone mention William "90,000 dollars im my freezer" Jefferson Clinton or John "thats not my baby" Edwards.

But i guess it matters more when republicans get caught. Nice for people to at least ADMIT that not much is expected of democrats...so its no big deal.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

All hail the Obamamessiah.....I wonder if the empty suit is going to do the whole torches and kleig light thing. Worked wonders for Adolf

Posted by: Comrade E | August 28, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

The Democratic nominee for president is just another thug from Chicago with big dreams of taking over the world for his own entertainment.

Posted by: Lynn E | August 28, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

The Obama sycophants must not be able to read. Hilariously, a few of you even admitted to not having read it. Let me spell it out for you. The last sentence in the Hammer's post goes right to a substabtive issue so many of us are asking. After Napoleon's myriad accomplishments and coming self-coronation he still "had yet to write a single autobiography." i.e. What makes Obama qualified and experienced to be president? Other than telling what the left wing wants to hear?

Seeing that point go over so many Obama sycophants heads, Im starting to wonder how severe affect those messianic Times cover pics of Obama had. Would the act of reading the persuasive puff piece inside really have been necesary with such intellect?

Posted by: Jay | August 28, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

The whole stadium set up is vulgar and Obama deserves any negative backlash he gets from the whole emerging-from-the-White-House(or temple) thing. His lack of humility blows one's mind and everyone heard his 'bottom up' explanation last night for the damage-control statement it was.

I live in Colorado and folks who work in downtown Denver are POed about I-25 being closed for hours starting with rush hour.

If they had problems getting 20K people through security into Pepsi for Hillary Clinton's speech, how are they going to manage 80K?

Also, I talked to a few media people while waiting to board a plane to Denver. They were disgruntled because having to relocate is a logistical nightmare. They used the word 'narcissistic' more than once and they were NOT from Fox.

What a blunder.

Posted by: Marykay | August 28, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Of course, the right-wing conservatives are going to bash the arena because there is nothing they can say to bash his message of hope. Conservatives are so predictable. (I bet most, if not all, of those who were "protesting" for Hillary were actually Republican operatives. What is really funny is Karl Rove commenting that Joe Biden "inflated" Obama's record...I guess he was just remembering how Rove himself inflated Bush's career. Get a life, conservatives.

Posted by: Sally in Dallas | August 28, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama has written two autobiographies, designed a presidential seal (his very own), parted the seas, promised to lower ocean levels, heal the sick, smite our enemies with love and understanding and the Kraut-man can't howl with laughter over this empty suit? Rule to be gleaned from the Obamaoans - never ridicule a liberal.

Posted by: jtbcrib | August 28, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Obama - arrogant - yes.
Narcissistic - you bet.
TOTALLY UNPREPARED TO BE POTUS - BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT!

Posted by: PROUD OF McCAIN | August 28, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Sally, there is plenty to say about his message, and it does not give us any hope.

Where do we start with his rampant marxist policy statements?

Let me see, he felt what Warren Buffet said about taxes has merit. Let the Market sort itself out, then tax like crazy, and re distribute the wealth.

Shall I go on?

Posted by: The Truth | August 28, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Tonight Obama will ask EtTu Brute?

Posted by: Brutus | August 28, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Everyone loves a spectacular, Nuremberg style, rally. This was a brillant idea.

Posted by: luckylager | August 28, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

The comments here perfectly reflect why I no longer subscribe to the Compost. It panders to juvenile libs who post hissy fits. I can't stand to look at it. The left wingnuts think it's a conservative paper, how out of touch can you get? Token everything is the lib way so why pout if they include a token conservative? Hypocrites to the last.

Clinton accomplished nothing. He triangulated into power and rode out the tech bubble till it burst. W freed millions including a double freeing of the Afgan women who can now go to school and wear something other than burkas in addition to their political freedom.
Where is your vaunted tolerance? Don't make me gag; you libs are Brownshirts or worse. Like Ayers, you would blow up America if you could. I am sure you do it every night in your dreams. Prepare to be disappointed again!

Where is your vauted tolerance? Don't make me gag, you libs are brownshirts or worse. Like Ayers, you would blow up America if you could. I am sure you do it every night in your dreams.

Prepare to be disappointed again!

Posted by: NoMarxists! | August 28, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

TOGA!!! TOGA!!! TOGA!!!

Posted by: Ddad01 | August 28, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I for one welcome our new Democrat overlords.

Posted by: Ddad01 | August 28, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Its interesting to read the first few comments from the MoveOn crowd.
Its no surprise that they want more government... so why would we be surprised that they want more royal treatment for their king?
After a solid year of hearing Democrats tell me that they were going to 'take back the government', my biggest fear is that they will. Obama's Greek folly is a reminder of things to come if he's successful.

-John

Posted by: John Abbott | August 28, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

As a PR-imaging consultant to a number of major name music clients--even I have to say this "imaging" thing with Obie has gone way over the top--to reveal an obviously meglamaniac warp in his character. Yes--I know--he joins the tons of others in Washington who do a better job of covering up their own "megla-warps" and warts. Thinking the American public believes for a moment that this happy camp of multi-millionaires sits around their kitchen tables and worries about which bill to pay--shows that America has been dumbed down to the point of believing imaging over substance--as in this case. David Axelrod and team have set new standards--going far beyond imaging and branding to down right "SCARY" on this client!

Posted by: MS PR | August 28, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I smell a lot of Sore/Losermans about to happen!

Posted by: bluehalo | August 28, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

ProudofMcCain, you support a man who doesn't even know what he believes. He flip-flops more than a fabric softener ball in a washer machine.

He makes stupid gaffes, he doesn't understand the economy, he has no clue what life is like for regular Americans who pay bills and go grocery shopping.

If you feel he represents your viewpoint, then enjoy that lovely tax break you've been receiving while regular folks have been having trouble filling their gas tanks.

Posted by: bgansel9 | August 28, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Caldwell Young says "I for one think we've had all the gray-haired senior officials and experienced corporate types that we could ever want in the George Bush White House."

Excuse me, but, you do realize Joe Biden is on Obama's ticket, right?

Dr. Krauthammer is brilliant, in so many ways and has been for so many years. The fact he upsets the Obama-worshippers is just icing on the cake.

Posted by: SayWhat? | August 28, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

To: bluehalo-- that was actually kinda clever...But I voted Nader so can't take a side on that one!

Posted by: rob | August 28, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

To all BHO admirers: Forget about Dr. Krauthammer. Tax, tax, tax - it's what you and all of us is going to get from this Harvard-educated affirmative action product. He's dangerous to the country, to our security and economy. Don't you understand he wants everybody (but his own family, of course) to be poor, re-distribute income and to push the country into socialist swamp (I know what I'm talking about - I've spent a half of my life in the Soviet paradise, and his teleprompted speeches give me goosebumps). Things are really moving in this direction already with our big government, and with this guy it will be Formula 1, not a city bus... Have a nice day.

Posted by: Gvnt04 | August 28, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

I don't see what is wrong with the hommage to Martin Luther King on the anniversary of his "I have a dream" speech by using a backdrop that recalls the Lincoln memorial. For Obama to acknowlege that his candidacy has been made possible by Lincoln and King is respectful.

Posted by: Ann Nelson | August 28, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

"Don't you get it? Americans are sick and tired of the pain of the past eight years, and ANYTHING is better than another Republican keeping the US on this Highway to Hell."

WRONG!

YOU DON'T SPEAK FOR AMERICANS. The democrat party of perpetual fraud is treasonous incompetent and full of hate. I am an American period, the fact that I've been registered democratic for 20 years is irrelevant. The party of democrats is undeserving and unworthy of my vote or any Americans vote.

This American has not been in any pain in the last eight years because of a Republican President. What has caused me headaches from time to time is the whining , crying and relentless lying from criminal frauds and their stupid brain dead supporters who are wrong and too arrogant to admit it.

It's just too easy for so many to continue to support Un-American democrat SCUMBAGS AND TRAITOROUS FRAUDS THAN TO ADMIT THEY/YOU ARE/WERE WRONG. Not this AMERICAN. Not this "INFORMED" AMERICAN.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

To all those supporting McCain,

I laugh at anyone who can support this guy:

http://www.jedreport.com/2008/06/brutal.html

Posted by: bgansel9 | August 28, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Will he be wearing a laurel and toga?

Posted by: DHarris | August 28, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

bgansel9: did you have nothing better to do today than to post a dozen times since 8AM how much you dislike McCain? I think we get it, don't you? Make sure you have that fifth close by on election night, cuz you gonna be one unhappy camper...

Posted by: bluehalo | August 28, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

So what you're saying bluehalo is that you're proud to elect a liar?

Go ahead, be proud of your Son of Cain.

Posted by: bgansel9 | August 28, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

These poor fools are all hypnotized by an evil man, Barack Obama. Frankly, his "story" is not impressive at all. It's sad.

He's still looking for his father and making a lot of people lose their minds in the process.

He's promising the world but cannot deliver anything because he has no track record.

Millions of other people have done far more with far less than Barack Obama.

In fact, he is not all that bright, because he cannot see that he supports a failed political philosophy.

Posted by: tanarg | August 28, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Actually, we do know what Obama would do as president, since he is very kindly giving us clues by trying to sic the Justice Department on a group running an ad he doesn't like, and because his campaign had supporters call and email WGN to stop Stanley Kurtz from being interviewed.

If you want to know more, read Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals. Michelle's "the world as it is" isn't the only thing taken from the book. It's quite instructive.

Personally, I wouldn't hire a plumber who hadn't held any job longer than 3 years, so why would I hire a president who hasn't? I also can't figure out why I should vote for someone who professes to love America while simultaneously promising to change everything about it.

Posted by: NightFire | August 28, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Nightfire, the title of Alinsky's book is "Reveille for Radicals," not "Rules."

I suppose that because Alinsky was a Chicago community organiser and wrote his doctoral dissertation on the social structure of the Capone gang, and Obama was a Chicago community organiser, you'll be making the case for a tie between Obama and organised crime.

"I wouldn't hire a plumber who hadn't held any job longer than 3 years, so why would I hire a president who hasn't?" You are not talking aboout Obama when you say this. Research will enhance your honesty.

"I also can't figure out why I should vote for someone who professes to love America while simultaneously promising to change everything about it." One reason is that he is smarter and has more command of the facts than you. Another is that if you don't change you never have a bowel movement -- not a good thing -- however much you may love your own ordure.


Posted by: Hneftafl | August 29, 2008 2:18 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone take the time to read about the writer of this short piece? He is a bit of a genius.

Posted by: Welch / so. cal. | August 29, 2008 6:07 AM | Report abuse

Actually, I watched the speech last night and the stage just looked like a stage. Boy Krauthammer looks like a moron now. And all of you who agreed with him are morons.

I can only imagine when Charlie here dies someday he will be remembered for all the great journalism work he did, like this article: "Hey remember when he tried to make fun of President Obama for using a stage that one time? Boy that guy was an embarrassment to himself everyday he lived." And then they'll kick his casket into the ground.

Posted by: Frank | August 29, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

The people are no longer controlled by the media....we can search for the truth..and the people of America will win. The world is alot smaller now through the Web...I'm proud of Obama ! and I pray that his promises are kept.

Posted by: Connie | August 29, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

It's all been said here. But the lowly scum Libs all say we are 'experiencing' history. I think we 'paid' for an outrageously expensive ticket to watch a Greek tragedy. Nero, Stalin, Mao, Carl (sic. Hussein Obama) are reborn. We are doomed.

Posted by: Paul Revere | August 29, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Can't lose something that he never had! If this is his idea of a maverick move after all the criticism re: Obama's lack of experience, he left some brain matter behind in the POW camp. The new catch phrase for the Obama campaign should be: is this what you want just a heartbeat away? MCSHAME wanted us to be fearful of Obama? What a joke. Americans better see the hand writing on the wall quickly. This country is in major trouble if John is elected with her as a VP. Can't wait for the Biden debate!

Posted by: obama grandma | August 30, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

You people are hilarious...perish the thought of one voice at the Post diverging from the chrous of Obama swooners that populate the mainstream media nowadays. Boy, that Eugene Robinson's sooooooo objective, isn't he?!?!!?


Posted by: Spiro Agnew | August 30, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

You people are hilarious...perish the thought of one voice at the Post diverging from the chrous of Obama swooners that populate the mainstream media nowadays. Boy, that Eugene Robinson's sooooooo objective, isn't he?!?!!?


Posted by: Spiro Agnew | August 30, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

You people are hilarious...perish the thought of one voice at the Post diverging from the chrous of Obama swooners that populate the mainstream media nowadays. Boy, that Eugene Robinson's sooooooo objective, isn't he?!?!!?


Posted by: Spiro Agnew | August 30, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

You people are hilarious...perish the thought of one voice at the Post diverging from the chrous of Obama swooners that populate the mainstream media nowadays. Boy, that Eugene Robinson's sooooooo objective, isn't he?!?!!?


Posted by: Spiro Agnew | August 30, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

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