Is Barack Obama Inevitable?

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.

11 thoughts on “Is Barack Obama Inevitable?

  1. I think it is easy to forget how many people were swayed by charisma and charm over substance in the Bush vs. Gore election. I am not saying the Obama is anywhere near the horrible mess that is George Bush, but I think it is easy to get swept away by hype. All of Obama’s rhetoric is exciting and inspiring. I will admit that I am inspired by him too. However, I am also very much inspired by Hillary Clinton. In a much more quiet and certainly less grandiose way she has displayed her plan for America, which will create the county we expect Obama to produce after he is done with all of his talk. If you believe in the things that Obama talks about, you should consider supporting Hillary because those are the policies she will be able to realize. Change is only valuable if you can make it happen.

  2. Ironically, the person I am most impressed with at the moment is: Michelle Robinson Obama.

    There is a long piece about her in today’s NY Times…

    I agree with Bill Moyers: anyone who truly wants to be president of the u.s. has a virtually certifiable personality disorder. Nonetheless, the only presidential election I missed ( and it wasn’t for lack of effort) was when I lived in Nicaragua…

  3. perhaps because hillary has the experience and access, i am more disappointed in her for not taking a leadership role in opposing the iraq war, torture, invasion of privacy, and other immoral policies of the bush adm.
    but i don’t see barack obama as inevitable, it’s going to be a close contest. if you want to see him become president, you’d better donate, campaign, and register new voters.
    it’s very exciting that rhode island finally counts.

  4. Barak Obama, declares that he was never in favor of going to war against Iraq and points to a speech that he delivered in 2002. In 2002, he was a state senator in Illinois, not privy to all the information available to a United States Senator. Nobody, not even now United States Senator Obama, can say how he would have voted if he had been in the Senate in 2002 and privy to all the information available at that time. It’s easy to give a speech and not be directly responsible for a policy – it’s tough to make a choice and live with the results. Senator Obama made a speech; Senator Clinton made a choice. Now, with six years of hindsight, Senator Obama wants to be rewarded for not doing what he was unable to do – vote against the 2002 Senate Resolution. Senator Obama’s argument is disingenuous in the extreme.

  5. Experience? Experience is a street where the traffic runs both ways, I’m afraid. Ms Clinton has little or no significant, “elect me” experience: volunteer attorney for less than 9 months does not count; 1 term and 4 years in a pre-decided Senate race as a carpet bagger does not count any more than Mr. Obama’s real Illinois elections and Senate experience. Unfortunately Ms Clinton is as old and tired as the rest of us, and she has the millstone of Slick Willy around her neck. Her Wal Mart corporate lawyering does not count much for real people–she showed the big box how to lose American jobs., Neither is her sad White House experience of watching out where Mr. Bill’s pants were a plus except for a high suffer quotient. Her medical insurance debacle experience was as bad as the Johhny Chung “give me money” disaster, and the need to count the White House silverware after the Clinton’s moved out.

    It is time for change. More of the Clintons and smarmy Bill, or more of the Bush dynasty of let’s be as dumb as we can, leave chills. It is time for new people, new ideas if only because they are the same ideas in a better speech, or a better candidate, or a man of honor. Political hack fatigue has set in and “away with them all.” Ms Clinton has more negatives than a roomful of minus charged electrons and there is no doubt but that the Republicans would prefer to run against her, rather than Mr. Obama.

    For the first time in a long time, there is an opportunity for two honorable candidates, Mr. Obama, and Mr. McCain, to seriously debate the issues without personal attacks and with discussion, discussion and more discaussion. Can we handle that? This is such a new concept that it is amazing to contemplate. Mr. Obama has a near perfect Liberal score and Mr. McCain is 82% in the conservative score sheet. Mr. Obama is delightful, intelligent, a quick learner and a person of honor. Mr. McCain, in his own words said: “I am older than dirt, and have more scars than Frankenstein, but I love this country.” In boxing, styles make for great fights, and the same is likely to be true in this political season with a match between McCain and Obama.

  6. On March 4, I am voting for Barack Obama.

    After an era chilled and darkened by war, terror, fear, rabid partisanship, and economic woes that have trickled into every facet of national and local society, we are in need of some warm sunshine.

    Not in my lifetime has a leader been able to articulate this pent up need for something new and been able to create a movement of excitement and hope that we are witnessing today.

  7. I’ve been lurking but had not been motivated to post in quite a while. For the first time in a long time, I’m excited for what the future brings.

    Please consider a vote for Barack Obama on March 4.

  8. Let me start by saying I was an Edwards supporter, both this year and in 04. Of all the Dem candidates, he was the most bold about staking out definite and considered progressive positions. In fact, the health care plans of Hillary and Obama owe very much to Edwards’ plan, which was out several months before the other two.

    McCain showed a decided lack of character this past week. The Senate voted on a bill to prohibit the CIA from using torture. 60 votes were required for cloture (i.e. to override a Republican filibuster). The bill failed, with 59 votes.

    McCain was in DC at the time, but did not vote. His vote would have passed the bill, but he was too much afraid of conservative anger to vote according to his principles. Many times in the past few years, he has been an outspoken critic of torture. But, when the rubber hit the road, he lost his spine and gave in to the worst instincts of Rep fear mongering and fantasy. After all, beating up the bad guy always works on TV.

    As for Obama, he is probably the best chance we have of effecting real change. I have heard many life-long Republicans say they can support him. He has not had the courage that Edwards had to define himself as a progressive, but that may be tactical rather than a lack of character. This is politics, after all. I will vote for him in hopes of sending him to the White House with a serious mandate that the Reps cannot afford to ignore.

  9. Klaus, I also respect John Edwards. He ran a good campaign, and I hope that the work he did on behalf of American workers will not get lost in the shuffle. And like you, I support Obama.

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