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Yes. We. Can. … What?


On Super Tuesday, I ultimately followed through on my threat to toss my Hillary loyalty aside and vote for Obama (a lot of good it did), though not without a small amount of reservation. I still can’t quite get past the notion that I might be relieved if Hillary ends up winning the nomination (I am, if anything, one of those obnoxious bastards that changes his mind from one day to the next).

JMW, a friend and writer over on Pajiba, writes frequently about his love of Obama and his distaste for Hillary on his own blog, frequently pointing out all of Hillary’s flaws, while lauding Obama’s positives. But, to my recollection, he hasn’t really addressed Obama’s perceived weaknesses, which I think James Wolcott summed up brilliantly:

Perhaps it’s my atheism at work but I found myself increasingly wary of and resistant to the salvational fervor of the Obama campaign, the idealistic zeal divorced from any particular policy or cause and chariot-driven by pure euphoria. I can picture President Hillary in the White House dealing with a recalcitrant Republican faction; I can’t picture President Obama in the same role because his summons to history and call to hope seems to transcend legislative maneuvers and horse-trading; his charisma is on a more ethereal plane, and I don’t look to politics for transcendence and self-certification.

So, JMW: What about that? The “Yes. We. Can.” speech gave me as many goosebumps as the next guy, but I can’t help but notice that he didn’t say anything about health care or the economy in that speech.

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I am also one of those annoying people who kept changing her mind, but I ultimately went for Hillary for many of the reasons you just laid out (though you definitely articulated them better than I did). But really, I still think they would both be great candidates...We're still waiting to see who gets our delegates down here in NM.

Alarmjaguar: I heard something to that effect on NPR last weekend. According to a recent survey, for the first time in ages democrats are happy because they would be fine with either candidate. It's kinda nice.

Thank you for writing that!

I'm very much not inspired by Obama; the next time I hear him say change, I will have an aneurysm. The bottom line for me is that I don't want to feel as though I am a member of some congregation. I stopped going to church a long time ago. I'd be much more inspired if he quit the rhetorical flourishes and spoke about substantive issues. I'm sick of hearing him blather on and on about change, and then when someone asks for specifics, he directs them to his website. It makes me feel manipulated... he's not writing that website... so speak to issues when you don't have someone feeding you lines or time to write magnificent verbiage!

I'm cynical; I look across the aisle and see John McCain creeping more and more toward the nomination. It's going to take a lot more than fancy speeches to beat McCain. The Republican machine will go for the throat of whichever candidate wins the nomination. They have the most to lose out of this election, in my opinion.

I'll support either Democrat, of course, but I can see McCain's appeal. He reaches across the aisle for compromise, he has a record of active participation in the legislature, and he's served our country in the armed services. And on his favorite topic, Iraq, I do sometimes find myself leaning over to his side. 100 years sounds preposterous, but I, like many Americans I presume, don't want to feel like the last 7+ years, the thousands of lives lost, both American and foreign, and the millions of dollars spent were in vain. I don't support the war, but if you asked me whether I did when it was first proposed, it would be a lie to say I had the same views as I do now. Obama touting his previous vote against war actually makes me uncomfortable sometimes, and I do believe that might end up biting him if he gets the nomination!

I don't much love Hillary. But when I hear her talk about her policies, even if I disagree, it gives me something to think about, something to discuss, and something to grab onto. Whoever is elected is going to change things, I get that. Bush will be gone, there will be change. What it comes down to is WHAT is going to change. So stop preaching catch phrases and keywords. Those don't become laws or policies.

Sigh... sorry this is so mightily incoherent.

Well, there wasn't anything about health care or the economy in the _video_ made from the speech. In the speech itself, the concession speech after the New Hampshire primary, those issues (and many others) were mentioned.


I'll have to address this direct query over on my blog. (Sound of me sharpening a pencil.) More soon...

Obama is writing the policy positions on his website. they are detailed and specific. I don't necessarily agree with all of them but after McCAin speech today it is not about policies and positions, it is about the Freedom Obama believes in the fascism disguised as liberty and patriotism that McCain and the Republican party are touting.

I think I foresee a drinking game in the future, involving a Democratic debate and the word "Change."