Joel Stein has Obamaphilia—“I want the man to hope all over me”—and he worries it’s not appropriate. The LA Times columnist knows Barack Obama isn’t a maverick "taking risky positions like Ron Paul or Dennis Kucinich" and wonders whether it's out of proportion—and in bad taste—to get worked up about a mainstream politician.
Stein phones his Hillary-loving feminist mother for perspective, to “de-Romeo-ize.” “Some part of me want to say, ‘People wake up,’” she says. She's swimming against the tide, though. Stein would like to see his fellow Obama-maniacs do less crying in public, but he finally concludes that he “can’t root against a person who believes he can change the world.”