The “permanent campaign” is going to be a permanent fixture in American politics. But it is becoming increasingly clear that this president is going to rely on it more than any other, even including Bill Clinton. There’s a reason for that: it’s all he’s got. Barack Obama is a masterful campaigner. He has been incredibly adept at climbing the greasy pole of American politics, from Chicago to Springfield, Illinois all the way to the White House after just four years in the U.S. Senate.
But he’s never run anything bigger than a campaign or done much of anything. He’s got the swagger. He’s got the speechmaking ability. And for now, he’s got the fired-up crowds. If the day ever comes where the audience on the other end of the microphone isn’t with him, Barack Obama has got nothing. He is less than a month into his presidency and we are already seeing reruns from the 2008 season of the “Barack Obama Show.”