Obama Disappointment

Sunday, February 8, 2009

I’ve been stewing about this for a couple of weeks.

It’s a matter of integrity.

I know that it’s probably hard to find qualified people who are outside the Beltway and have paid their taxes, but I am sorely disappointed with Geithner.

He clearly lied. Before Congress, no less. His excuses were B.S. and everyone knows it.

And yet, Obama supported him and he was confirmed. In one simple move, Obama killed my enthusiasm.

Now I am simply left hoping for the best, but I am not, after all I gave this time around, inspired any longer.

It’s still the same shit as always. It just talks the talk better than most.

Was Geithner really worth it?


Why Obama Didn’t Visit Georgia

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

So now that Saxby Chambliss has won and kept the Dems from their chimerical 60 seat super majority, the question is asked, why didn’t Obama campaign for Jim Martin?

The answer?

He’s smart.

1) Putting aside the talk of bipartisanship, Obama must have recognized that Chambliss was going to win. This was a run-off, not the general election, and black turnout (and turnout generally) was going to be down. Martin needed every ounce of Obama’s election day strength among blacks. He didn’t get it.

2) Whites were motivated. After all, this is Georgia. Obama is black. And it was clear that Chambliss potentially stood between Obama and a 60 seat Senate. Plus, Sarah Palin campaigned for him. Nothing gets the Christian right/populist segment of the GOP fired up like that ignorant jackass.

3) Being associated with a loss, especially before he even takes office, doesn’t help him or the Dems. Right now, Obama can legitimately claim a broad mandate. With a loss in Georgia that he personally campaigned for, his aura would have been diminished somewhat.

Altogether this was the right move for Obama and the Dems. It was a good fight but an uphill battle, and Martin lost. The Dems will be wise to move on and forget whatever second-guesses they will be tempted to make.

Obama, truth be told, wouldn’t have made a difference.

Why I Voted For Obama

Thursday, November 6, 2008

I am not insensitive (how could anyone be?) to the outpouring of emotion among black people at the election of Barack Obama to the presidency. I completely understand the significance of this moment for blacks and America more generally. In one single blow, millions of Americans now feel a sense of inclusion that has been lacking since the founding of our country. In a sense, black Americans have now become simply Americans.

This is a cause for rejoicing. And we are a much better country for it. We are going to need every American.

Coupled with this development is a consequent and likely, instant, restoration of America’s standing around the world. No, not every problem we have is solved by the election of a mixed race man with a Muslim name to the oval office, but it doesn’t hurt. And it is true, in my experience, that his story could only come true in America. In few other places in the world can someone of Obama’s common and impoverished beginnings rise to become the most powerful person in the country. In short, Barack Obama instantly restores America’s reputation as a land of opportunity and dynamism unrivaled in the world.

These are wonderful side benefits to the elevation of Barack Obama to the highest office in the land.

Another side benefit is the punishment this metes out to the GOP/Conservative and, especially, the Neocon movement. As Francis Fukuyama put it: “it would a travesty to reward the Republicans for failure on such a grand scale.” I can hardly express the magnitude of anger, frustration, and disgust I have felt for the Bush administration. I won’t list the myriad ways that I believe they have perverted American ideals and betrayed the public, but I will say that they deserve punishment far worse than merely losing power. And I sincerely hope (and will work to see) that additional, and harsher, punitive measures are in the offing.

But here’s the main reason I voted for Barack Obama.

He represents a generational shift towards a complete package of competence, intellect, character, and judgment. For the last sixteen years we’ve been governed by proxies for the 60s culture wars. First with the “anti-establishment” Clintons and then, of course, by the “establishment” president Bush. Without diminishing the advances achieved through the cultural upheaval of that time, these wars will now (and must) come to an end. Barack Obama possesses the competence and intellect of Clinton, the character of Bush, and, above all, the judgment synthesized by an appreciation of the pros and cons of both of them. He will truly take the best of the left and the right and make the pragmatic post-60s decision. This is important. Obama is a technocrat (the first president to regularly use a Blackberry and computer) with a calm global perspective that will serve us well in this tumultuous time. He is not bound by battles that will ultimately never be won. He has moved beyond them.

So it is this: His generational perspective coupled with his equanimity, intellect, and character won my vote. Barack Obama is one of the best of us. And he is the right man for our time. We should all hope and pray for his (and our) success.


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

It is impossible to express the feelings I know that I am sharing with millions today. There are so many thoughts and emotions. I am overjoyed. This is what we deserve. And what we must now all bear responsibility for. We have taken America back and will be led by one of the best of us.

Right now, I feel that the spirit of America that was crushed by Bush after 9/11 has been redeemed.

We are one. We must unite. We must strive to be our best selves.

The America we love is in the balance. Let us now begin the task of restoring our greatness.

The question of the moment is: What are we going to do to help?


Wednesday, November 5, 2008


One Hour and Fifteen Minutes

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

To vote in Brooklyn. Long line at 6:00 a.m. There are only two machines per district. Called Board of Elections and they said that’s normal (got through to them quickly and they were cheerful and responsive).

No matter how long it takes, don’t let them wait you out. Vote!

My Closing Argument for Obama

Monday, November 3, 2008

I could write at length extolling the virtues of Barack Obama. But I will assume any reader of this blog already knows the difference between the two candidates. I will keep this brief.

Obama represents a generational shift towards competence, intellect, character, and judgment. An Obama win will instantly renew a sense of optimism about America at home and abroad, and will give us our best chance to climb out of the dark pit the GOP has dug for us. He is pragmatic, responsible, and honest. He is unquestionably the best candidate for the presidency.

But putting that aside, my final argument comes down to two words:

Sarah Palin.

If you are still undecided, and you love your children and your country, you cannot risk putting this proudly ignorant, deeply unprepared, ethically challenged, inarticulate half-wit near a position of power. I don’t like to use fear as a tactic, but we must all legitimately be afraid of a Sarah Palin vice presidency. In America, or anywhere else, her ascent to higher office should never come to pass.

It boils down to this: we are at a defining moment. We must ask ourselves, what kind of country are we going to be?

There is only one answer for those who believe in the best of America.

Barack Obama for President.