The election I mean.
Somewhere between the press annointing Hillary as the Democratic Nominee and the second oath of office after the John Roberts' screw up, I knew that Barack Obama was the man for me in the White House, er, maybe the Multiracial House now, we should call it.
I probably did more in this election to get involved than I ever have before. I started by trying to get to know who this man really was, first by reading "The Audacity of Hope" and then by really listening to his plans and his speeches. I put his bumper sticker on my car long before it was cool and it was inevitable. That's how committed I was this time around.
If you've been reading my prior posts, you can tell that I have a problem with the Republicans as well. Honestly, I have a problem with the Democrats too, but at least they are a bit closer to how a real democracy should function than the current crop of neocon crybabies ("nobody listens to us anymore so we don't wanna play with you!").
I have to admit, I had a few seconds of doubt after Rick Warren, the blowhard evangelist from Southern California was selected to give the invocation (see my earlier blog on this idiot). And, I worry whenever Obama tries to go "bipartisan" on me. After all, what exactly have the Republicans done RIGHT over the past eight years? Anybody? Anybody?
Why would anything they have to say matter right now since they were the ones who messed us all up to begin with. Seriously, would someone please tell the Republican leadership that they lost because they screwed up? And that they'll keep losing as long as they keep doing it?
Watch them play games with the stimulus package just so they can "win" the media wars and try to make Obama look bad. Watch Judd Gregg play games with the bipartisan attempt by Obama to represent the economic perspectives of by accepting Gregg's offer to be Commerce Secretary. Watch Illinois GOP leader Jim Durkin call for Blagojevich appointee Sen. Roland Burris to resign so that a "special election" can be called. Hmmm...so that the national Repub party can pour resources into Illinois to prevent Obama from ever reaching 60? Or how about Norm Coleman, defeated by Al Franken, filing frivolous lawsuit after lawsuit, to prevent Franken from taking his rightful seat in the Senate. They'll do ANYTHING folks. No matter how un-American.
Enough about those lunk heads though.
I'm still excited about Obama, the man.
Yes, he's got to clean house with the vetting team.
And, he really needs to stay on top of the media wars and define the arguments.
But I have to say this, his personal intellectual brilliance, his grasp of the important issues and his refreshing candor, make me more excited about this country's future than I've felt in my life time.
I think he knows what he's doing.
I believe he has a plan for how to save the economy, how to bring respect back to the US in the eyes of the world and how to, most importantly, change politics as we know it.
For example, in a couple of years, when the economy is turning around- and it will- people will see Obama as the stimulus for that. And people will remember that the talking heads for the Repubs were against it.
I have to hand it to the Repubs...they have balls.
Part of my dismay for the Dems is that they don't stand up and fight back. And they are too timid to take a political risk that might pay off big, but might also blow up in their faces.
Repubs however do whatever it takes to win. And right now, they are losing bigtime. They are on the wrong side of history. And they are paying for the idiocy of the Bush-Cheney-Rove years.
Obama however has balls I think. Big ones.
It took cojones for him to run for the U.S. Senate, AND then for the Democratic nomination, AND then for President.
He defied the odds.
He'll continue to defy expectations in my opinion.
So, when I feel frustrated with the moment, or hear a Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter or Sean Hannity windbag, I click my heels together three times and say "Obama, Obama, Obama".