YES, folks, it's déjà vu all over again. That charismatic American politician Jimmy Carter II, aka Barack Obama, is carrying all before him – at least in Europe – riding a tsunami of media-driven hysteria.

When you are possessed of unlimited reserves of rhetoric, boundless ambition, an increasingly undisciplined ego and – er – not a lot else, the soap-box becomes addictive.

Obama's bid to deliver one of his substance-free orations at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin has infuriated Chancellor Merkel, galvanised the media and provoked thoughtful calculations among the McCain camp.

Every Republican knows it cannot be long before Icarus soars too close to the sun. The question is: will he crash and burn before or after the presidential election? Next week's European tour is a possible occasion for the gaffe that will turn the election around.

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