With all the talk about how much Barack Obama is liked within his own party, even to the point of "hero worship" brought to a fanatical point by some, my mind is taken back to a time at the beginning of the 80's when I was in junior high. I remember when Ronald Reagan ran for president, and how much the Republicans were galvanized behind the charismatic governor.
I watched the debate between him and Jimmy Carter, and I was mesmerized even at that young age by his every-guy language, his witty banter, his handsome, ranch foreman looks. My father, a Democrat, was leery, as were all Democrats. Just a pretty boy actor whose career failed so he decided to dabble in politics, just a sweet talker, and way too conservative. But the Republicans loved him. He'd come off the heals of some disappointing Republican leaders, like Ford and Nixon, and the current president had low approval ratings. The country in general was heading in a more conservative direction and they found in Ronald Reagan what they needed, a steady, strong voice; in other words, change. And change everything he did.
Now, fast forward a bit to now. Enter Barack Obama, a charismatic, good-looking, well-spoken, smart guy appearing virtually out of no where. Democrats instantly love him, having had to deal with the Clinton years, going through some disappointing presidential candidates, Gore and Kerry, here is a person that can wipe that all away, like an eraser on a white board. Republicans are instantly leery, he's too much of a celebrity, in love with himself, no one questions him, way too liberal, etc. (The list goes on and on, and on.) The country's in deep recession, we're disappointed with the current president, an evolution of philosophy is occurring politically; we're moving away from the far right closer to the middle as a nation. What the Republicans found in Reagan, the Democrats find in Obama; someone who will change the direction of the country.
I read a quote a few weeks ago by Ronald Reagan's son about his mother, Nancy. He said, (in a nutshell) she likes Obama; that he reminds her of her husband, in that people only thought he was a good speaker; that he wouldn't amount to much else.
I will end with yet another quote (one of thousands) from him, that master of speech,"I never drink coffee at lunch. I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon."