Saturday, January 26, 2008

268. Yes We Can

I've just listened to United States Senator Barack Obama give his victory speech after today's South Carolina Democratic primary, a primary Obama was expected to win and win he did - big. The current margin, with 95% of the vote counted, is 55-26-18 for Obama, Clinton, and Edwards respectively.

I've been for Obama in the past and could be in the future, but I still presently believe that he will not be the nominee and thus not the next president. I still believe that mantle will fall to Mrs. Clinton. But if ever in this long-running presidential campaign thus far that I've heard a speech that awakened a sense of Camelot on the horizon, it was the one the Junior Senator from Illinois just gave in Columbia.

A thought. How ironic - and great - would it be if South Carolina - the Great Dissenter - was the state the vaulted America into having her first non-white President?

1 comment:

Michael Westmoreland-White, Ph.D. said...

Speaking of Camelot, tomorrow's NY Times has JFK's daughter, Caroline Kennedy, endorsing Obama. Saying that for the first time in her adult life, there is a candidate who could inspire the nation the way her father did.

This victory speech had more steel and grit than the Iowa won, did. I liked that. And I choose to believe in hope rather than Clintonian cynicism, triangulation, and half-measures--not to mention race baiting and changing the rules. The Clintons are now trying to get the Democratic Party to include the delegates from Michigan and Florida--whom everyone agreed not to count because of their violations of party rules--because she was the only candidate who left her name on the ballot. This is worse than the Nevada lawsuit. The Clintons will not only say anything, but DO anything to win.
When Republicans do it, we Dems cry foul and call it dirty tricks. We should say the same about the Clintons and force the DNC to keep them from getting away with it.

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Never married, liberal Democrat, born in 1960, opinionated but generally pleasant, member of the Episcopal Church. Graduate of Prestonia Elementary, Durrett High, and Spalding University; the first two now-closed Jefferson County Public Schools, the latter a very small liberal arts college in downtown Louisville affiliated with the Roman Catholic Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. My vocation and avocation is politics. My favorite pastime is driving the backroads of Kentucky and southern Indiana, visiting small towns, political hangouts, courthouses, churches, and cemeteries. You are welcome to ride with me sometime.