Huh? What is that supposed to mean?
In an article about Democrats shaking in their boots about Obama’s reelection chances (and the possibility that if he goes down he will bring other Dems with him), Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley told the New York Times that Obama was now liberated to be aggressive and confident in his own skin:
After ceding much of the debate over the economy to Republicans, they said, Mr. Obama had framed next year’s election as a struggle between a president with a plan for creating jobs and reducing the deficit and a Republican Party that would rather score political points and adhere slavishly to ideological positions than address the needs of Americans.
Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, who attended the speech [and sat in a special group with Michelle Obama—ed], described a changed president, no longer so reluctant to be outwardly aggressive. “He seemed liberated for the fight and very confident in his own skin,” Mr. O’Malley said.
O’Malley, who many consider not the brightest bulb in the chandelier but rumored nonetheless to be a possible successor to Obama sometime down the line, leaves us puzzled with that choice of words. First, since when was Obama ever reluctant to be aggressive? And, gheesh, what is he thinking to bring up Obama’s skin!
If you read ‘Dreams from my Father’ (Obama’s autobiography with ghost writer Bill Ayers), you know that Obama’s skin was never something he was confident about, nor were his ears (but that’s a lesson New York columnist Maureen Dowd helped us learn*).
O’Malley’s choice of that skin reference strikes us as rather, let’s just say, inappropriate.
Then it seems that another Maryland Democrat (whose skin is sufficient for the cause) is more concerned with Obama’s innards (or that Obama is somehow hiding in his innards). What?
“The frustrations are real,” said Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, who was the state chairman of Mr. Obama’s campaign four years ago. “I think we know that there is a Barack Obama that’s deep in there, but he’s got to synchronize it with passion and principles.”
Imagine the uproar if a Republican had implied that Obama was not always “confident in his own skin!” That “R” word would be out there faster than you could say Mother Robinson!
* Sorry for the Media Matters link, but it was the best summary (I could find quickly) of the 2006 Dowd/Obama big ears kerfuffle and besides it’s always a good idea to read what the other side is saying once in awhile.