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The Obama Ideal

By on 12.15.06 | 11:44AM

Peggy Noonan captures well why Obama is as hot as he is:

He has obvious appeal. I asked a Young Democrat college student why he liked him. After all, I said, he has little experience. That's part of what I like, he said. "He's not an insider, he's not just a D.C. politician."

He is uncompromised by a past, it is true. He is also unburdened by a record, unworn by achievement, unwearied by long labors.

After John Kerry, and in the face of a baggage-heavy Hillary, Obama works as the hot candidate because he is a clean slate.
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