Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Obama '08!

Sen. Barack Obama has filed to start an exploratory committee for seeking the presidency. This almost assures that he will be running. I sure hope he does. He's the only potential candidate I personally could get very excited about. He's smart and eloquent, sharp and charismatic, and soundly progressive. He is also post-60's, which is more important than generally given credit for. This country has been stuck in that era for too long. Every politician since LBJ has been tied to that divisive era. Obama carries none of that baggage, and it shows in his poll ratings. Too many people hate Hillary because she was a 60's hippie liberal feminist. It's too bad for her, but it's time to move on from that era. Obama is also on the right side of the war, having opposed it from the beginning. That may sound hypocritical coming from me, who like Hillary, also supported the war initially, but it doesn't change the fact that it matters. He can certainly use that to counter the accusations of being a lightweight. Then again, for any George W. Bush-loving Republican to accuse anyone else of being a lightweight is absurd on its face.

Time to bring back smarts and eloquence to the White House, not to mention progressive American values and, hey, maybe even a renewed respect for the Constitution. Go Obama!

Extreme early prediction: I call an Obama/Richardson ticket, even though Richardson is an old Clinton hand. He's like the anti-Cheney, from the West, major foreign affairs experience, strong diplomat, but not an authoritarian.


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