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Obama [Jan. 8th, 2008|10:41 am]
Tony Grist
I suspect- being very cold and rational about it- that Hillary is the better bet- the one with the experience and the background and the policies- but it's hard not to find Obama exciting. He 's smart, impassioned, unspun, untainted- and he makes people feel good about themselves. When was the last time American politics threw up a candidate like this? Bill Clinton? No, not really. I reckon you have to go back as far as Bobby Kennedy.

We've been through a really dreary, depressing time and here, suddenly- appearing out of nowhere like Joan of Arc-  is this brilliant young man- and he's drawing crowds like no politician in recent history has been able to draw them- not just of the faithful but of the unaligned and traditionally antagonistic.   He may not go all the way- and if he does he'll disappoint us- but every society needs these "bliss was it in that dawn to be alive" moments. They're not about substance but about hope and the revival of national myth. America had become old and brutish- the country of Dick Cheyney and Donald Rumsfeld- and that's how not she likes to think of herself. (It's not how her traditional allies like to think of her either.) Thanks to Obama in the last couple of weeks we've caught a glimpse of a better, rootsier America- energetic, pioneering, idealistic and- above all else- young.
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[User Picture]From: solar_diablo
2008-01-08 02:55 pm (UTC)
I seem to be one of the few Americans out there who is suspicious of Obama. To me, he feels like a paper tiger, a feel-good media construct. Having Oprah stump for him hasn't endeared him to me at all in that regard. If he secures the Democratic nomination (and at this point it seems very likely he will), I will have to do some serious research into his background and political platform.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-01-08 03:32 pm (UTC)
It's always right to be suspicious of politicians.

The present vibe around Obama reminds me of the vibe around Blair when he won the '97 election. That was a glorious victory for youth and progress- which very, very quickly turned sour.
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