Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Mac vs. PC

Is the Democratic candidate starting to symbolize change for change’s sake?

By Jim Geraghty | NRO Contributor | June 25, 2008
It’s extremely unlikely that Barack Obama and his campaign will get in legal trouble for featuring a revised version of the presidential seal. But like Michael Dukakis riding in a tank or John Kerry declaring that he voted for war funding before he voted against it, we may have just witnessed one of those unexpected moments that, in retrospect, comes to define one of the candidate’s unflattering traits.

The decision to create the “Seal of Obamerica” seems like an almost deliberate response to Peggy Noonan’s column about the difference between “Old America” and “New America,” and how each party’s candidate embodies one of the two. When President Bush speaks, the Obama campaign doesn’t just want to change the rhetoric, the policies, and the man behind the lectern; apparently the seal seems a bit stodgy and old-fashioned for their tastes as well.

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