If Obama girl isn’t crushing can there be anyone left?

News has broken that Amber Lee Ettinger (aka Obama Girl 2008) is “not as excited” about Obama as she was in 2008.  As ridiculous as her video was, she became a megastar for a few brief moments in 2008–especially among the male population–and her rationale for Obama had about as much substance as that of the educated yuppies (as much as they loathe the term it’s what they still are) in New York and Los Angeles.  But Amber at least had an earnestness and endearing absence of condescension in her enthusiasm for the president.  If you don’t remember the video have a look:

For those who are supporting Obama in 2012 Amber’s cooling affection is a non-event.  She is now just one more fool to be mocked.  At least before she had brains to go with her boobs.

The truth, however, is that her fading affection (and the general dimming of interest across the country in all things Obama) is one of the big stories, if not the story, of this election.  Is there anyone out there as enthusiastic about Obama in 2012 as they were in 2008 who is not on his payroll?

A friend of mine who considers himself conservative-leaning but for the most part apolitical was generally for Obama in 2008 if he could be bothered at all.  This year he won’t go so far as to actively campaign for Romney but he expressed hope that Obama wouldn’t win.  This is a seismic shift.

None of this guarantees a win for Romney in the fall.  But it can’t bode well for the president.  There is a change afoot in America about this president.  Peggy Noonan touched on it this weekend:

Any president will, in a presidential election year, be political. But there is a startling sense with Mr. Obama that that’s all he is now, that he and his people are all politics, all the time, undeviatingly, on every issue. He isn’t even trying to lead, he’s just trying to win.

Most ominously, there are the national-security leaks that are becoming a national scandal—the “avalanche of leaks,” according to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, that are somehow and for some reason coming out of the administration. A terrorist “kill list,” reports of U.S. spies infiltrating Al Qaeda in Yemen, stories about Osama bin Laden’s DNA and how America got it, and U.S. involvement in the Stuxnet computer virus, used against Iranian nuclear facilities. These leaks, say the California Democrat, put “American lives in jeopardy,” put “our nation’s security in jeopardy.”

This isn’t the usual—this is something different. A special counsel may be appointed.

And where is the president in all this? On his way to Anna Wintour’s house. He’s busy. He’s running for president.

But why? He could be president now if he wanted to be.

The problem for the president is that without the Amber Lees of the world his campaign is left with nothing but the Anna Wintours, Sarah Jessica Parkers, David Axelrods and an army of sneering condescending elitists who live in concentrations on the coasts and in the capital cities of a few states in the middle.

Maybe that’ll be enough to win the election.  Personally I don’t think it will.  But in any event it’s a far cry from all the hope and change nonsense of 2008 and it’s not pretty to watch.

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