Barack Obama is weighing a Presidential bid in 2008. Obama is probably one of the nation’s best orators, he’s got a life story that’s nothing less than amazing, and he’s a polished, credible, and strong candidate. However, Obama is also a died-in-the-wood statist liberal. As an orator, he’s by far the best the Democrats have. As a politician, he’ll face a much harder challenge than the token opposition he faced with Alan Keyes’ disastrous run in 2004.
Obama is one of those candidates who is certainly a potential Presidential candidate, but whose policy credentials are iffy at best. In terms of sheer star power, Obama has what it takes. In terms of policy chops, he’s a lightweight. The Democratic far left is hoping for someone, anyone to be the anti-Hillary, and Obama is about their best shot. However, Obama has never had to run in the scorching light of a national campaign, he’s never had to be under the intense pressure that it creates, and he’s never had to articulate a policy position beyond his own admittedly incredible life story. Having a great biography isn’t enough to win the White House, and I’m not sure that Obama has the policy chops to pull it off — but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he wouldn’t be a formidable candidate for any GOP challenger to beat.
UPDATE: Jonah Goldberg has some interesting thoughts on a potential Obama run.