I’m still holding off on my Barack Obama endorsement. I don’t really know why — it seems inevitable. It’s like when I was a first-time mother and I tried to resist getting Barbies for my daughter because they are too stereotypical and her body proportions are impossible. My older, wiser sister with two daughters said, “Kiersten, just give in. Barbie is inevitable.” That’s how I’m feeling about Barack Obama. He’s kind of inevitable, but in the complete opposite way from the way Barbie is inevitable. People want someone fresh and real, and he is that someone.
At some point, I will be offline for a while today as the cable service gets changed over. Yes — we, too were seduced by the lure of the free TV. Just hope FIOS is as fast or faster than Cox. But ultimately, similar to choosing a candidate to vote for in the Presidential primary, I am happy to know that we have some viable Democratic contenders in both Hillary and Obama.
I notice that we had a small squad (well, two) of pro-Hillary commenters on the blog last night. Welcome! You have some fellow Hillary supporters in the community here, I’m sure. I know Hillary is kind of getting run over by the Obama Moe at the moment, but I would most certainly still vote for her over any of the Republican offerings, and I do appreciate that she has all those years of experience. But in this election year, those years of experience in Washington may be more a liability than an asset.
I was surprised and pleased to hear that the Dallas Morning Star, a Belo-owned newspaper like the Projo, endorsed Barack Obama for President. That seems like a direct slap in the face to George Bush, a message of extreme dissatisfaction from his home state. People are lunging toward Barack Obama like he is the last viable political candidate on earth. Five-hundred people showed up last night to volunteer for his campaign in RI. This is no doubt in delayed reaction to these many years of Bush screwing up the country beyond belief.
The thing that impresses me at the moment about Barack Obama is that it seems like he is talking about a new kind of WPA (Works Progress Administration) that would be “green collar.” Hillary has put this idea out there, too, but somehow, Obama’s plan seems more tangible and exciting. It’s the attraction of the unknown — something the American voters have never experienced in this way.
Plus I like that Obama is not good at paperwork. I don’t like paperwork either, although in my professional life as a social worker, I’m actually known for being pretty good at it. It’s important to write some stuff down, but the truth is we don’t have to put much on paper anymore. We have electronic systems that can do it much better.
The big news from the Barack Obama campaign in Rhode Island is that they are going to announce a “key endorsement” in a conference call with reporters at 11 am. I wonder who it will be. Jack Reed seems like a likely candidate, although I would imagine he has some Clinton loyalty issues. Jim Langevin is also a possibility — I don’t believe he made his endorsement yet. Feel free to make your guesses below. I’ll try to update later in the day with the answer.
UPDATE: As noted by Nomi in the comments, the mystery endorser was Lincoln Chafee. RI Future blog has the scoop, as well as a long list of other notable Rhode Islanders endorsing Obama.