Thursday, January 17, 2008

The passion of Saint Barack

PRE-POSTSCRIPT: Maybe this is all part of Obama's larger, secret plan ....
Well - now people are fully remembering what it was, exactly, they didn't like about the Clintons and their peculiar family values. Y'all remember, no?

Barack Obama currently stands between Hillary Clinton and something she badly wants. The Clinton Manipulation-Sleaze Machine, safely tucked away in a suburban garage somewhere in Westchester County for the past six or seven years, has been wheeled out, fueled up, and given a good tryout. Its first major victim this time is not the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, but a fellow Democrat.

I wouldn't vote for Obama - when his politics are defined, he's too liberal; more often, his politics are suspiciously fuzzy and free-floating. But he's smart, eloquent, and an important turning point in American race relations - he's our first important "post-racial" politician.* As he keeps getting hit with undeserving crap flung his way by that nefarious Machine, it's hard not to feel for the guy.
* Curiously, Obama himself seems to be not fully aware of himself in this light. There's a significant gap between what he believes and what he is.

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