Saturday, March 1, 2008

POLITICS- Obamanomicon

The press certainly does seem to be making the case for an Obama upset in this week’s primaries, and lots of Democrats have made the case for that being the end of the race. (Even Bill Clinton.) And while we may never know how much of Hillary’s meltdown was actual and how much was the media reporting, she hasn’t come off well for the last couple of weeks. Meanwhile, Obama has been drawing crowds of 20,000 people. According to the media he’s gaining in every group. He’s a blank slate that all these follows are painting their own pictures on. The media is in love. The Obama juggernaut thunders on. Obamamania! The Democratic Reagan! Woooo!

Seriously, I think this misses the point. At the risk of just being another person to take a turn with the paint brush, I think Americans are just in love with the idea of something different. He’s running on a platform of hope and change and that is EXACTLY what America wants. So what if he doesn’t have any experience. Experience got us where we are. The last president we had that wasn’t a state governor was Nixon. Foreign policy experience is rarely needed to be governor. So everybody has to learn foreign policy on the fly in their first term. Obama seems to be a bright fellow and we understand that it’s not like he’s not going to be in the same situation that any other new president. Give him a shot. Bush has so lowered the bar for screwing up as president in the modern world that it’s hard to imagine Obama making things worse. And he is the most likely to respond to problems differently. One thing you can say about both Clinton and McCain is that they are going to respond in the same old ways we have. Health care be damned. Terrorism is the issue and Obama has a chance to reconnect with the rest of the world and if anything is going to be done about terrorism it’s going to have to be by most of the countries in the world working together. Obama is change. And for Americans who need hope, there’s no hope in where we’ve been headed for the last seven years. If Obama is the most different, then he’s the one to put your hopes into. None of them do what they say they are going to do after they are elected anyway.

I hope Obama wins the presidency because I’m sick of what the government has been doing and I’m willing to give somebody new a try. ‘Nuff said.

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