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Saturday, October 01, 2005

Obama on Roberts and Politics

The Junior Senator from Illinois delivers a remarkable statement to bloggers (!) at Dailykos that well summarizes my thought on Roberts confirmation vote and the wider context of progressive politics in America. Read the whole thing, it is note for note brilliant. The thesis:
Our goal should be to stick to our guns on those core values that make this country great, show a spirit of flexibility and sustained attention that can achieve those goals, and try to create the sort of serious, adult, consensus around our problems that can admit Democrats, Republicans and Independents of good will. This is more than just a matter of "framing," although clarity of language, thought, and heart are required. It's a matter of actually having faith in the American people's ability to hear a real and authentic debate about the issues that matter.

Exactly. Can you imagine a Canadian politician delivering a similar reality check and "adult" type statement to his or her most devoted followers? Answer: Not Yet. When Obama makes his run, he'll have me knocking on doors for him in Concord amidst the January snow.

3 Comments:

Blogger The Tiger said...

Obama has been consistently impressive -- I wouldn't fear for the future of a country with him at its head. But I think that he will have to be careful not to make his move too soon -- '08 would be that (though a spot as the Veep candidate wouldn't be out of the question).

4:21 PM  
Blogger The Tiger said...

That said, the divine Ms. A has not been impressed.

5:24 PM  
Blogger Maritime Liberal said...

I hadn't heard of Barrack Obama prior to the Democratic Convention. When I watched his speech, I was blown back by his passion, his eloquence, and his conviction. I think he could very well be the first African American president should he run in the future (2016 is a long way away but if Hillary Clinton loses the presidential race he can run in 2012). I think he would make an excellent president.

12:03 AM  

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