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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.

From: (Anonymous)
2008-01-10 12:17 pm (UTC)
I'm very skeptical about nearly all of the presidential candidates although I do like Kucinich. There's all this excitement about change, new policies etc that but at the end of the day the democrats are just as complicit in all of the bad stuff that has happened, for instance funding and agreeing to colonial war in Iraq at the expense of the lives of who knows how many innocents, and they seem to have done nothing of note to right or prevent so many of the wrongs that have occured since 9/11 - all the civil liberty erosion. They're pretty much all as bad as each other in my book. Sorry if this seems less than enthusiastic but I can't see America pulling itself out of the s**t any time soon - Tom F
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-01-10 03:41 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't disagree.

What Obama achieved in Iowa was a moment of uplift- which may be over now- a moment when- briefly- we caught a glimpse of another, better America. Yes, it was "such stuff as dreams are made on"- but dreams are important too.
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