Or so says Dorothy Rabinowitz of the Wall Street Journal. On this past weekend's weekly TV "Journal Editorial Report," hosted by Paul Gigot, she and other panelists were asked to make predictions for 2008. Here is her big one, right off the transcript: "My pick? Well, I think that in very short order Americans are going to be asking, Who is Barack Obama?
"You know, this man has come forward like a Rorschach test for everybody to project this notion of what a Democratic candidate should be. He's the inkblot. And it's becoming clearer and clearer that this mass of platitudinous, high-minded expression pouring forth from Obama as--it is beginning--it's going to sit on people who are going to ask, What's he saying? What does this mean? This started at the convention speech where he gave this strange speech about no one is black, no one is white, no one is this, no one is--"
Gigot: "But people loved it, Dorothy."
Rabinowitz: "Yes, I know, they loved--exactly....Well, I can tell you that this mass of nonmeaning, nonspecific feelings, attitudes and programs is going to become unraveled very soon when people look for programs...."
UPDATE: The new, and final, Des Moines Register poll, shows Obama actually gaining in Iowa, as he opens up a 7% lead over Hillary and Edwards.