A while back I got into a discussion about the "cult of personality" surrounding Barack Obama.
By which I mean, a large number of the man's supporters are exceedingly enthusiastic for him, personally, without regard to his policies (in many cases, without actually understanding his policies).
This article from across the pond highlights perfectly what I'm talking about. Especially with regard to the youth vote.
Sitting in the audience, Alex Dukeman, 17, says that she expects Mr Obama to introduce universal healthcare. But isn’t his plan voluntary while Mrs Clinton promises a compulsory mandate? “I just think he is a likable guy and he inspires people,” she replies.
Donny Murray, 21, says that Mr Obama “has definitely got a better plan” for tackling global warming. How so? “I’m not sure about the specifics, I just think he’ll get more people involved,” he says.
Notice that? When challenged on their assertions about what Obama would actually do, they fall back on "I just think..."
Except that apparently, they don't.
But hey, why worry? If GW Bush has shown us anything, it's that who we elect President doesn't really matter, right?