“The big question about Barack Obama from the very beginning has been, Is he safe?” said Peter D. Hart, a Democratic pollster not affiliated with any campaign. “Safe in terms of both the cultural values that he has, and about whether he is strong enough to be commander in chief.”
No, that hasn't been the question at all. At least among uncreative, class-less types like myself, the big question has always been this:
Is he real?
Is he asking for my vote on the basis of policy?
For many of us, after consideration, the answer has been no. (And for many of us, the conversion narrative-based appeals of the OFB, online and in person, were a real turn-off).
That's why grass roots, bottom up riffs like the Unity Pony and W.O.R.M. resonate with people and propagate:
They play on the feeling that many of us have that Obama's not "real," not in a trivial, character-based way, though of course we play on that to get the point across, but not real in the sense that we really don't know where he would take the country if elected, beyond a general sense that when it happens its gonna be awesome.