Originally posted by rdang
Who is this guy and why is the media stuffing him down our throats? A junior senator he comes out of no where.All of a sudden he is the best choice
for President? What makes him so special?
Let me field that one. I've been reading his book and looking into him about because I was a little confused by the appearance of the word
"rockstar" in conjunction with anything political.
I think what needs to be said first about Obama is that he's not a divider. I know you've heard it before, but it's not Obama saying it; I'm
saying it. He understands the common stake we have in this whole game as Americans. He's willing to talk seriously about what we need in order to
compete with China, about why our constitution works as well as it does and how that should frame partisan debate, and about the similarities between
us all. He gets the fact that there are progressives in the bible belt and conservatives in the beltway. He gets the fact that Christians can respect
gay people and that pro-choicers still care about children and that in general we are willing to make it work if there is a way at all, and yet he
doesn't have to reject the idea of sometimes taking a stand on principle.
He presents this in a very eloquent manner and he's not afraid that we won't understand. He explains what he believes in and why, why he's made the
decision he did on several tough votes, and he doesn't have to dig in behind the partisan fortifications.
I like a Democrat who can say that he thinks CAFTA would have been a net plus for America and that he was willing to look his union constituents in
the eye and explain that if only the White House would have discussed the language with the party in opposition and helped them to sell it to their
That brings us to the point that he's in a sympathetic position and he doesn't blow it by being another screaming liberal. He is a progressive, no
doubt about it: he believes in things which I am very skeptical about, namely the New Deal and Great Society, but he does it calmly, he explains why,
and he concedes a willingness to compromise on the parts that haven't worked well enough.
That makes it a lot easier to sympathize with him when he talks about his party offering the white house a 70-vote mandate for its policies and Karl
Rove responding we don't want
your votes, we want 51 Republican votes and 45 campaign ads about Democrats voting against a tax cut, and that
means we're not taking the poison pill out of this bill no matter what you offer us.
Another thing that I like about the man is that I can see myself in his shoes. He's willing to talk about the stuff he's done wrong and the stuff
that's gone wrong for him and all the stuff he's afraid of in politics. I think that resonates with people who follow politics because politics is
scarry business for little guys. I mean to run for office one day and I know full well that I'm gonna catch it from both barrels once my opponents
start looking into my background... and that's if the skeletons don't just walk out of the closet all on their own. The idea of working your butt
off for a year and being overwhelmingly rejected by yoru fellow citizens is terrifying and I like a guy who has his first run in recent enough memory
that he can still talk about how scarry it was for him. We don't like people who aren't scared of anything (Karl Rove comes to mind). We like people
who can lose- it tell us they're not the bad guys.
You should read his book. You should at least read a brief online biography of him and the text of his speech from the 2004 DNC. This ain't just a
trendy black dude. This is the first Democratic presidential candidate who ever had a fighting chance for my vote, and if he runs he will almost
certainly get it. I think that's saying something, coming from a reformed neo-con like myself.