Some morning-after thoughts

Darren here.

Yes, I know I don’t post here or at LJ much these days. You all really don’t want to hear about the intricacies of Windows networking APIs, corporate org chart roulette, my attempts to fix range-overcompensation issues in rapier fighting, or the never-ending drama of running a World of Warcraft guild, I assume.

I suppose I could, and probably should, post more about food. And I probably will once I figure out how to steal the pork roast recipe we had last Friday at Ad Hoc.

I will, however, start commenting on politics now that the ’08 Presidential primary season is officially underway. Especially since I believe something extraordinary happened last night. Feel free to skip with extreme prejudice if you’re just here for the adoption saga. I won’t mind. Really, I won’t. I’ll just sit here. In the dark. Waiting for the phone to ring. You never call, but it’s OK.

First, if you haven’t already, watch this:

Now I still haven’t completely made up my mind who I’m supporting this year, but this was an impressive accomplishment from an increasingly-impressive candidate. I certainly don’t agree with him on some of his policies, and he’s got a long, long way to go to get nominated and elected yet, but still, last night feels very important.

Normally I prefer to use my own words in reaction to something that moves me, but today I’ve found a few quotes that I think are more illustrative:

From South Africa

Damn, I love Americans. Just when you’ve written them off as hopeless, as a nation in decline, they turn around and do something extraordinary, which tells you why the United States of America is still the greatest nation on earth.

Also from Andrew Sullivan’s blog:

A reader writes:

My phone has been ringing off the hook, with nothing but screams from my Black friends and family: a “HE WON”, and then an “I’ll talk to you tomorrow”.

My mother, born in Jim Crow Mississippi in 1930, just shook her head – she couldn’t believe it.

Believe it. In snow-white Iowa. This moment has been a long time coming. And the wheel of American history just moved forward.

Even the neo-cons can’t help themselves:

….as we parse Huckabee, Obama’s immense victory. Yes, it’s early, yes, a lot could happen. But a man who could not have used certain restrooms forty years ago is in the center ring, not as a freak in the manner of Alberto Fujimori or Sonia Gandhi, nor even as a faction fighter in the style of Jesse Jackson, but as a real player. One of our great national sins is being obliterated, as the years pass, by the virtues of our national system. I don’t agree with Obama and I don’t particularly like him, but I am proud of this moment.

And on the viability front, an anecdote from James Fallows:

* The truly startling one was a conversation just now with a very close family friend who, through a lifetime of voting that began in the Harry Truman era, has always and only gone Republican and still refers to G.W. Bush strictly as “The President.” The friend said: “If Obama is the nominee, I’ll vote for him. I’d never vote for her” — meaning Hillary Clinton. This friend lives in a swing state.


2 Responses to “Some morning-after thoughts”

  1. Michelle says:

    Janice, thank you so much for posting this. I completely forgot that when we moved we needed to re-register to vote. I would have totally forgotten to register and been very, very upset had I not been able to vote. Thanks! I’ll be posting one of their “register to vote” widgets on my blog soon.

  2. linda says:

    Thank you for that. A very stirring speech. I have been watching Obama for the last year and had decided that He was someone who needed to be watched. I am 62 and have always voted in every election, but the last 8 years have brought me down…I feel that this country is being run by big business and good old boys and we need a MAJOR CHANGE!!! Mt mind has been thinking that maybe no experience in major politics can be a good thing. It sure can’t hurt.. Haven’t made up my mind yet either, but he is looking better and better….. Thanks for sharing the speech….Linda

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