And thus ends my silence on Election ’08! For the record, my choices were Kucinich, then Dodd, then Edwards, (still active!) then Obama.
Nothing I was going to say was going to make a difference in Iowa, and we all have seen the “ridiculousness and danger” of candidate diaries on Dkos….which were all speculation…at best. Now that we have some actual NEWS to talk about and analyze, hopefully things will be a little different. For good or bad, Iowa sets the tone and the narrative..so now it is set. These are not normal times though, and I have a feeling that this will not be a normal race!
For what it is worth, some thoughts below the fold.
First….I Heart Huckabee! Nothing like having the Gooper frontrunner be someone who doesn’t believe in science ad who will alienate the 75% of Americans who have had it up to HERE with theocrats. If the Dem field can’t make hay out of this choice they are total Dufi! McCain showing so miserably was also great news, as he still had real darkhorse possibilities among those who have not yet realized that he is a senile and corrupted opportunist. But perhaps the best news of all…..Ding Dong the Giuliani is dead!!! (knock wood!)
As for the Dems, I saw/see this race as giving Dem voters three different choices, regardless of how close policies are. Unfortunately, American politics hasn’t been about policy for a log time, it is about personality and style and perception. If I am interpreting things correctly, these are the real differences between what the candidates are SEEN to represent.
Hillary is the status quo. Business as usual (and I do mean Business!)….a return to the “glory days” of Clinton. Stability. A known commodity. (and I do mean commodity) A ‘safe’ choice. Her intimate familiarity with the power structure, that has been painted as ‘experience,’ to me just meant that she was pre-compromised/bought by the Powers That Be. The deals were already in place and not much would change under her….at all.
Edwards was/is the best chance for real meaningful change. That is his strength….and his weakness. He is fighting the power structure and the PTB where they live…in the corporate boardrooms. He is angry at what America has become. Again a strength as far as Progressives are concerned, but a weakness as far as the media…and thus Americans shaped perceptions. Americans think they WANT change. But they are made (and I do mean made) to fear “too much change.” The PTB will do all they can to destroy him. And they have learned to do that well. The cynic in me has always….since back in the Two America days…. strongly doubted that he would be allowed to take power. I still do! But the fact that he narrowly beat Hil is VERY good news. His message stays in the race, and keeps the others from pulling Right. Go John!
And…..YAY BARACK! And Yay Iowa for choosing a black man named Hussein that admits doing drugs! What a leap! I give both Barack and Iowa a ton of credit. Especially the youth of Iowa.
I attribute his success to his theme. Hope. As Hil is the status quo and Edwards is ‘radical’ change….Obama is Hope. Whether YOU or I buy it or not….it appears that America will. That is pretty huge. A solid indication of wanting real change, on just a ton of levels.
Hopefully…meaningful ones. I of course, want as much change as possible…tear the motherfucker down and rebuild it. That of course…is not going to happen. So my big fear with Obama is this: He is a black “liberal” running for President. His advisers and a wise caution will be pushing him to the Center, he will have to try to be all things to all people and as ‘inoffensive’ as possible.
Imo, it is now our job to get him to address ….and commit too…the concerns and issues of progressives. He will want to turn right and embrace the silly bi-partisan meme as much as possible, it is only natural. We have to be all over him….CONSTRUCTIVELY …. (mostly) to make sure he doesn’t go to far, and we need to keep pressure on him to make strong unequivocal campaign promises we like….so when he (like all pols) breaks them later, he cannot afford to stray too far from us.
Status quo, radical change, hope. The early returns are in and hope wins….who can argue with that? (though of course we will, it is what we do!)
Ps…I really, really, really, REALLY think Ron Paul’s 10% means that he should declare as an independent and mount a spirited and hugely expensive fight against the establishment Republicans! Really!
Ok, flame away! The seal on candidate diaries and discussions on DD is now officially broken, but PLEASE folks, let’s try to stay away from mindless cheerleading and bickering and concentrate on the HUGELY important issues and ideals at stake, it doesn’t get more important than this, so let’s attempt to act like adults Ok? Thanks.