Last week, Alex Beam of The Boston Globe offered a gloomy assessment of Obama '08. He wrote:
[F]rankly, the people who've ponied up $4,600 for Obama in this election cycle might as well have piled the money on the kitchen table and set fire to it. Or donated it to the Audubon Society, which has a lot better chance of being in business a year from now than Obama's presidential campaign.
Beam does not get into many specifics, but he speaks to a growing sense that Obama does not have the right stuff. Most of this sense seems to stem from Obama's recent attacks of foot-in-mouth -- most recently, his 10,000-dead-in-Kansas gaffe.
John Hinderaker over at Powerline sums up the sense thusly:
This is just one of a series of gaffes by Obama that raise serious questions about his ability to compete at a high political level. The lack of common sense suggested by his gullibility in regard to the Greensburg tornado can perhaps be chalked up to lack of experience; but that's the point.