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Monday, January 14, 2008

 

Signs Of The Apocalypse: Lord Help Me, I Am Quoting Andrew Sullivan

I find myself in a bit of a quandry regarding Atlantic Monthly editor Andrew Sullivan's support of Obama; for many years, Sullivan infuriated me no end. He's an openly gay, open HIV-positive man who vigorously supported George Bush's election. (He's seen the light since then, but still...WTF, dude?!?!) But on his blog Saturday, he gave the argument for Barack Obama that I've been trying to make, with great eloquence:
Sorry, but six years of [Hillary] keeping her head down in the Senate to rebuild her reputation is hardly the experience that will be needed.

Polarization's a bitch for liberals. Even if it's a "roll of the dice", Obama is our only shot at building a movement than can defeat polarization. He's doing it the old-fashioned way, asking people to work for change. It's hardly a sure thing. But, as Oscar Wilde wrote,

"A practical scheme is either a scheme that is already in existence, or a scheme that could be carried out under existing conditions. But it is exactly the existing conditions that one objects to; and any scheme that could accept these conditions is wrong and foolish."

We don't need to to change the leadership of polarized Washington, for which Hillary is no doubt the best suited of the Democratic candidates. We need to end polarization, and that requires a Democratic landslide that only Obama might achieve. So let's roll the dice.

Now, you either subscribe to this worldview or not...the fear of Obama's unknown quantity may outweigh his possibilities for you. But for me, I'm ready to roll the dice.

Elsewhere:
Blood In The Sand
Bill Clinton Sounds Off On Backlash
Obama Responds
GOP Voters Shift In Big Numbers To McCain
Hillary Blames Obama For Bill's Fuckup
Obama Reveals $120B Economic Plan
Giuliani Dismisses Slip In Polls
Hillary: Raps Against Me 'Unfair'
Poll: McCain Rising, Clinton Hangs On
Hillary's "Unfair" Mantra
Stop The Ugliness: Vote For The Southern White Guy

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