On Obama

This is some of the best political analysis I think I’ve read or heard this election period. The whole article is worth reading, but this is the final paragraph, and I think sums his point up well:

“Obama is staking his political campaign on the very point he tried to make to Reverend Wright two decades ago: that the dreams and interests of hard-pressed Americans are more important than the matters of race. Democrats have been trying to make that argument for a long time, while Republicans have been winning elections. For a half a century, right wing populism has been the most successful political force in America, aided greatly by the tendency of liberals to to fall into the competing claims of identity groups. Obama is a black candidate who can tell Americans of all races to move beyond race. As such, he is uniquely positioned to put an end to this era, and uniquely vulnerable to becoming its latest victim.” (George Packer, The New Yorker, March 31, 2008)

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~ by realsupergirl on March 31, 2008.

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