Monday, January 28, 2008

Two endorsements worth reading

First, Caroline Kennedy’s endorsement of Barack Obama in the New York Times. For those of you who may have a knee-jerk antagonistic response to the name Kennedy, I ask you to forget the source (to the extent possible given the nature of the article), read the words and be honest to your thoughts and emotions. Here’s an excerpt:

Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that someone has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals and imagine that together we can do great things. In those rare moments, when such a person comes along, we need to put aside our plans and reach for what we know is possible.”

Second, a passionate appeal, and well-made case, by my good friend Robb over at Tokatakiya.

An excerpt: : “I don't think it is an exaggeration to say the best thing we can do to win hearts and minds in the War on Terror would be to have Barack Obama as President. We have a singular opportunity for this right now that will pass away in a short time.”

Robb makes several good points, but that one is particularly perceptive. I don’t think most people appreciate how powerfully and how well the election of Barack Obama to the presidency will resonate with the rest of the world---and not just because of his ethnic origins, but in equal measure because of how well he represents himself and the USA.

All that having been said I don’t envy the next administration because they stand to inherit an absolute mess. Even the Republicans don’t want the office this time around---which is why they let patsies like McCain and Giuliani or nutjobs like Huckabee and Romney take the fall ….errrr…become president….should they win.

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