Henry, the political prognosticator who never fails to be wrong, is now predicting that "Obama will win the Democrat nomination." What he formerly thought "inevitable, the nomination of Hillary Clinton by the Democrats, now seems unlikely." In other words, Henry is wrong now in order to be right later. Having already been wrong twice about who would win the Republican presidential nomination, he now stands the chance of being wrong a second time about the Democratic nominee as well. How a pundit who has been wrong so consistently about everything can continue to opine on a subject about which he has already proven himself to be wholly ignorant is the real triumph of hope over experience. No "expert" on any subject, not even a self-proclaimed one or erstwhile prodigy of 5, having been completely wrong time and time again and thoroughly discredited, would continue to burden the patience of his readers unless becoming a public joke were his goal.
Henry's infatuation with Obama is not news. We have commented on it several times here. In English public schools it's known as a "crush," part hero-worship and part eroticized attraction. Someone thus infatuated is known there as a "fag" — that's how the word entered the common parlance, though the "crush" need not be sexual in practice (though it often is).
Henry seems obsessed with Obama's youth, or, rather, his youthful appearance (he's ten years older than Henry) and believes that it will suffice to defeat McCain because he is old and "U-G-L-Y." He is not the only one of this opinion. In a new low even for him, Fantomas, Henry's new nemesis, attributes McCain's "ugliness" to his "war wounds." (The beatings which McCain sustained at the hands of Cuban torturers at the Hanoi Hilton left his face slightly asymmetrical and prevent him from raising his arms above his chest). Contemptible as is fantomas for even saying this, he is less contemptible than Henry who merely implies it and is too smart or craven to avow what he really means. I hope we still live in an America where wounds or disfigurements sustained in her defense are still regarded as badges of honor and not bar sinisters. It would signal the utter debasement of this country if its obsession with youth and physical beauty were carried to such an extreme that it would trump honor, courage and sacrifice.
If you are a woman or a gay guy — a shallow woman or shallow gay guy — maybe the contest will be decided along those lines. However, I do not think that Henry's Theory that the youngest and most attractive candidate (or anyway the least U-G-L-Y or disfigured) always wins will hold for the generation population.
Henry is also trumpetting Obama's oratorical skills in addition to his physical attractions. Since his words are hollow and non-committal on most subjects, as, indeed, has been his entire political career, it is his appearance and style of delivery, then, that captivates Henry: the image not the substance. So, then, we are back to square one — Henry likes the cut of Obama's gib.