Go ‘Bama! Go ‘Bama! Go ‘Bama!

Posted: January 10, 2008 in america, democrats, obama, politics, republicans, voting

I’d been waiting to comment on America’s election until after the New Hampshire primary. Now that the first results are in, I have to say it’s been an election year like no other.

The level of excitement among Democrats is amazing. Normally the “out” party constituency gets pretty jazzed up anyway (except for 2004, and who could get excited about the “choice” we had then?), but what we’ve been seeing so far is beyond expectations. Voters are turning out in record numbers to back their candidates, and there’s real hope for the future.

The shining star of this campaign, of course, is Barack Obama. He’s the man everyone dismissed as too young, too inexperienced, not “black enough” (whatever that means), etc. And he’s come out on top, or within whispering distance from it, every time. He triumphed in Iowa, one of the whitest states in the union, and came in a very close second in New Hampshire. His campaign has become enough of a threat that now even the Republicans have been forced to take him seriously.


What is it about this guy that makes him so compelling? Well, for starters, he’s young, good-looking, intelligent, and well spoken. Barack exudes a calm, unflappable confidence that none of the other candidates have. In every appearance he gives the impression of someone who is comfortable where he is. Throughout the past year of mudslinging and politicking he’s managed to stay above the fray, always out front but never kicking up dirt, and that’s played well with the voters.

Second, on a personal note, he’s closer in age to me and my generation (the so-called “Generation X”) than any of the others. To me, Hillary Clinton represents the left wing of the old guard of the Baby Boomers. In other words, she’s part of the generation that’s largely responsible for our current mess and the coming crisis. The Baby Boomers are the generation that wouldn’t go away, and Hillary is one of the worst of those. Call me cynical, but it seems almost as if she’s in the race because she thinks it’s “her turn.” That may play well with older, Boomer crowd feminists, but for X’ers it doesn’t sit well. It’s time for the last generation to step aside and let their kids take the reins.

Finally, Obama inspires people. My generation wants change. We’ve seen the damage wrought by the Clintons, the Bushes, and the old guard NeoCons and Liberals and we’re sick of it. There’s no better symbol of change than a black man running for President. It would go a long way to restoring America’s image in the world, especially among the nations Bush & Co. have done so much to piss off in the past seven years.

It would also show the world we’re truly ready to rejoin the international community, instead of just pushing people around and acting like the schoolyard bully. It would show the world we’re past petty squabbling and ready to deal honestly and openly with the very real problems and challenges our country faces in the 21st century.

Barack’s victory in Iowa and his near victory in New Hampshire showed the world just that. America is ready for a president that looks like the rest of the world.

So this spring I’ll be voting, for the first time, for a black man with a serious chance of being elected. And hopefully, come November, the rest of the nation will have the opportunity to do the same.

Barack Obama 2008!

  1. Christopher says:

    Obama is precisely who we need to begin the long process of cleaning up the carnage of 8 years of Bush/Cheney and two years of Pelosi/Reid.

    He has a real chance of making this happen.

  2. Jeff says:

    I truly hope so. He could be the antidote to the meandering, self-centered, narcissistic “leadership” of the Baby Boomers.