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Saturday, December 09, 2006

"Don't tell Mama, I'm for Obama"

That's the unofficial motto of the Barack Obama campaign. It refers to Clinton's nickname as first lady and the conflicted loyalties of Democratic political aides, many of whom are talking to both camps about possible jobs in the presidential campaigns. Obama's explosive rise has startled Clinton and her advisers, who now are unsure of which direction they will take.

They may need to make that decision soon. . .Mr.Obama talked with Democratic deep-pockets such as George Soros in Manhattan earlier this week, and tomorrow he'll be visiting New Hampshire. And, Obama earned loads of gratitude and goodwill by campaigning doggedly for fellow Democrats this fall, often drawing the largest crowd of each campaign.

Colleagues say Clinton and Obama appear to genuinely admire each other. So far, they claim to see zero evidence of public rancor. "Everybody gets along just fine," said Tom Harkin. Ted Kennedy described the pair as "extra-dimensional individuals" and asserted in an interview: "There's no sort of pettiness or jealousy that I see. They understand the momentous nature of what the search for the presidency is all about."

I, along with most of you, was quite impressed with Obama's keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. As the buzz about him first began to grow this summer and fall, my thoughts echoed those of Clinton donor and supermarket magnate John Catsimatidis: "He might be ready for prime time, but I think it's too early."

My thoughts, however, are beginning to change. Of the possible Democratic candidates for 2008, my top two choices are likely both out of the running (although I'm not officially counting out the second one just yet). Those choices were Russ Feingold and Al Gore. I always have, and still do, considered Evan Bayh as a contender. But he has made some choices that have not sat well with me. I think he may be, like Clinton, attempting to play to the middle too much. That was a great strategy in the '90's, not so much so today.

I don't want a weather vane for president; I want a true progressive leader. A leader who not only recognizes what's directly ahead, but what lays beyond the curve in the road. A leader whose policy direction isn't dictated by slight shifts in public opinion, yet is wise enough to alter course when facts and situations require this. I know that Russ Feingold and Al Gore are that type of leader. I'm fairly certain that Mrs.Clinton is not, and. . .Mr.Bayh, please take two steps back to the left so that I may consider you. Until then, I'll be keeping my eye on a certain Illinois Senator. . .

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9 Comments:

Blogger Robert Rouse said...

Just remember that certain members of the local community are saying that Obama doesn't have a plan or a policy. Of course, these same people haven't been doing as much reading on the Illinois Senator as they should or they would discover they were wrong - not that they'll ever admit it. Yes, Obama is the man who is going to be carrying the Democratic banner into the White House in 2009. This will drive a certain racist bonkers, and I'll enjoy that part of it very much.

title="comment permalink">December 10, 2006 2:32 PM  
Blogger Tim Zank said...

Obama is probably your best bet for 08. From all indications he has no baggage, he's not a nut (Gore) or a ball busting shrew (Hillary) or an insufferable windbag (Biden) or a borderline socialist bag-slitter (Feingold) or a shallow shyster lawyer with a pretty face (Edwards) or a perfectly benign flip-flopper(Bayh) or especially an old gigilo with no freakin' conscience (Kerry).

Obama is the most sensible choice, but after meeting with George Soros this weekend, he may decide not to sell his soul to devil.....just yet

title="comment permalink">December 10, 2006 7:38 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

Tim - Wow. . .how high school of you. Not that I'm surprised. Not all candidates can be so awe-inspiring, honest, eloquent and successful as George W. Bush!

Excuse me now, I think I just threw up in my mouth a little. . .

title="comment permalink">December 10, 2006 8:24 PM  
Blogger LP Mike Sylvester said...

I think Obama is the best bet for the Dems by a large margin. The rest of the Democratic field is very weak. Obama is interesting and I am looking forward to learning more about him...

Note the Republican side appears very weak as well...

Mike Sylvester

title="comment permalink">December 10, 2006 11:36 PM  
Blogger Tim Zank said...

High School? Ouch! And this from a guy
that recently posted
"One hoof, two hoof,
Young dufe, old dufe" ........

And Mike you are right, the republican side is weak too.....

title="comment permalink">December 11, 2006 12:11 AM  
Blogger John Good said...

Tim - THAT comment was more "pre-school" and it was in a humorous caption thread. As opposed to your comment attacking everyone with extreme prejudice in a serious thread.

You won't change impress anyone here or change any minds, so I'm not sure why you drop by. . .

title="comment permalink">December 11, 2006 6:37 PM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

I don't feel good about Obama. I find him to be inexperienced and that will not go over well. He needs to cook a little longer. I just can't stand undercooked! Besides, he just got the thumbs up from both Mike and Tim. Need I say any more?

As far as Hill goes, No damn way!!!!!! 20 years with a Bush or a Clinton is enough. Move over and let someone else take charge. Time to get rid of the dynasties and bring in something else. Hill is not Bill. Period.

title="comment permalink">December 12, 2006 12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Progressive=Kucinich

title="comment permalink">December 14, 2006 9:19 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

Kucinich seems like a decent enough guy - I just don't see him getting enough attention, this time or last run.

Obama is a bit of a blank slate, but attractive. And generating media attention.

I'd really like to see Gore throw in once more. After all, he already won once.

It should all get pretty interesting over the next year or so. . .

title="comment permalink">December 14, 2006 9:31 PM  

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