I've mentioned this before, but it's worth repeating. When Reagan was first running for President, I asked Senator Smathers, who had been out of Congress for about 8 years by then, whether he knew Reagan and what he thought of him. He said he did know Reagan, and that Reagan had "a good gut." That comment took me aback just a little bit. It was somewhat toward crude, and that was not the way Senator Smathers spoke at all. He was a very articulate and intelligent man. But that's where he went in trying to describe what he thought of Reagan.
There is a lively discussion on Sean's blog about Obama, and I have waded into those rough waters. My thesis is that Obama is too green to be President. As Senator Smathers might say, he lacks a "good gut."
This is a signal weakness, or Karl Rove would not be boring in there. That is Rove's thesis in a Thursday essay in the WSJ, entitled "Obama's Troubling Instincts."
But "Consider the source!," my friends, the Obama fans would cry. I would suggest that they consider the argument, because Rove is too astute to pitch a weakness that is baseless.