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Manifestations of the Magic Lost

6:58 AM, Dec 3, 2009 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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Der Spiegel jumps ship: "Never before has a speech by President Barack Obama felt as false...It was two speeches in one. That is why it felt so false. Both dreamers and realists were left feeling distraught. The American president doesn't need any opponents at the moment. He's already got himself."

How long before an Obama Warrior cover?

And, in perhaps the most important measure of Obama's waning persuasive powers, Tom Hayden has...removed his Obama bumper sticker from his car, with these potent words of warning for the president:

We'll see. To be clear: I'll support Obama down the road against Sarah Palin, Lou Dobbs or any of the pitchfork carriers for the pre-Obama era. But no bumper sticker until the withdrawal strategy is fully carried out.