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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: internet_sampo
2008-01-08 10:56 pm (UTC)
I feel the same with that you do towards Obama, in spite of myself. Most americans get easily sucked into the "Washington outsider" trope (see Bill Clinton, George Bush). But that's given us a) the best Republican president in memory (Bill Clinton) and b) the best total failure president in memory (George Bush).
I read this op-ed piece by Gloria Steinem and I was floored by my own blindness to what was going on. Hillary really is the fresh perspective, the female perspective.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-01-09 10:13 am (UTC)
I take Steinem's point. I'd love to see a woman as president- I'm just not sure I want to see this particular woman.
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