Behind Obama’s Wave of Victories: The More They Know Him….

February 14, 2008

Great article on Obama’s surge to overtake Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries over at the Huffington Post…

People want someone to believe in.

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Election Results – Good for Obama, McCain, Bad to worse day for Hillary. Huckabee still nuts.

February 13, 2008

Barack Obama and John McCain came out the big winners in the “Potomac Primaries” of Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. today. The Obama tide continues to turn as he took over 75% of the vote in D.C., and 65% in VA and MD. I suspect that insiders in the Democratic Party are noticing these large margins of victory. Obama has also started to eat into Hillary Clinton’s coalition of voters, as her support continues to erode.

McCain took all three primaries in slim wins over crazy pastor, and believer that the earth is only 9,000 years old, Mike Huckabee. Mr. McCain himself is a confirmed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder sufferer, after being tortured in a Viet Cong Prison for several years during the Vietnam war. While that makes him a noble, loyal warrior to be thanked for his service to be sure, do we really want someone known to be that unstable to be in charge?

Rev. Huckabee on the other hand is just plain crazy. He has said “I hope we answer the alarm clock and take this nation back for Christ”, and he means it. He also thinks that wives should just “submit” to their husbands. On a lighter note, he has vowed to be the anti-obesity president, a self titled “foodaholic” himself, who has lost over 120 pounds.

The Clinton campaign continues to struggle, with even Yahoo getting snarky, “As the votes were counted in her latest setbacks, her deputy campaign manager stepped down. Mike Henry announced his departure one day after Patti Solis Doyle was replaced as campaign manager with Maggie Williams, a longtime confidante of the former first lady.” Hillary’s top two campaign staffers are out, they have suffered 10 losses in a row, and they are running out of money. No wonder she has been railing at MSNBC over Chelsea being slighted. She has focused her energies on winning Texas and Ohio.

Mike Huckabee still has the coolest endorsement ad ever though. Chuck Norris approved.


McCain Response to the Obama “Yes we can” video

February 11, 2008

I just got this new link to John McCain’s response to the Barack Obama “Yes we can” video. It is entitled john.he.is. All I can say is, wow.


Wil Weaton voices interesting thoughts on Barack Obama

February 11, 2008

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One of my favorite blogs to read is Wil Weaton dot Net 1.5. Wil grew up playing Wesley Crusher on Star Trek, The Next Generation, and is still acting, writing, and blogging. He is humble, intelligent, and funny, and his blog often provides insight into the Star Trek groupie culture, and what it’s like to be, well, Wil Weaton.

A few days ago Wil gave his endorsement for Barack Obama, and listed some information as to why. There is a great quote from blogger Patrick Nielsen Hayden:

“I’m for Obama knowing perfectly well that, as Bill Clinton suggested, it’s a “roll of the dice”. A roll of the dice for Democrats, for progressives, for those of us who’ve fought so hard against the right-wing frames that Obama sometimes (sometimes craftily, sometimes naively) deploys. Because I think a Hillary Clinton candidacy will be another game of inches, yielding—at best—another four or eight years of knifework in the dark. Because I think an Obama candidacy might actually shake up the whole gameboard, energize good people, create room and space for real change.

Because he seems to know something extraordinarily important, something so frequently missing from progressive politics in this country, in this time: how to hearten people. Because when I watch him speak, I see fearful people becoming brave.”

This makes sense to me. I have written about our culture of fear, and how our leaders have used it to their advantage. We need to be a nation of the brave, choosing what is correct over what is politically expedient. No more fear.

Thanks for reminding me Wil.


Hope.

February 9, 2008

I have been feeling a bit philosophical about things lately. Many people have emailed to let me know how much they enjoyed the Barack Obama video mashup from YouTube. So, I wondereded to myself, WHY? What was the big deal about this campaign speech.

The compilation of soundbites from Obama’s post victory campaign speech in South Carolina is a mashup of Obama’s spoken word and the same words set to, or sung by, pop recording artists. The words are powerful, his voice booming. Again and again you hear him repeat two themes – hope and change.

When speaking about the critics that have said he is giving people “false hope”, Obama replies:

‘In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.”

When talking about healing,

“Remember, that there is something happening in America. That we are not as divided as our politics would suggest. That we are one people, that we are one nation, and together we will begin the next great chapter in the American story, with three words that will ring from coast to coast, from sea to shining sea… Yes, we can. Yes, we can.”

I like to believe in the idea of hope. Hope for my children. Hope for a better world for all of us. Hope is such a powerful word, one that carries such promise. This is the most important Presidential election of our generation, and I am having a hard time thinking of a more important message right now than HOPE. As a reference, can you think of many worse ways to feel than hopeless?

I hope for an end to the corruption, fear mongering, and lies that got us into war in Iraq in the first place..

I hope for the future, for healing, and most importantly, for peace.

Hope.

Can we change? Can we as a nation, as a people, change?

Yes, we can.

I believe in hope.


The Obama “Yes We Can” Video From YouTube

February 7, 2008

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We’ve all heard of mashups by now, right? Check out this amazing YouTube video featuring a mashup of Barack Obama’s spoken words put to music. It features an all star cast, led by Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas. It was inspired by Obama’s “Yes We Can” speech that he delivered following his win in the South Carolina primary.


Convincing argument for Obama over Clinton by Lawrence Lessig

February 6, 2008

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Lawrence Lessig writes on his blog of his decision to endorse Barack Obama, and why. This could be one of the single most convincing arguments I have see for any political candidate. His analysis of the differences between Obama is laid out fact by fact for each candidate, based on Lessig three criteria: moral character, integrity, and what each candidate will do once in office. His analysis is based on facts, and each candidates past shown behavior. Oh, and parts of the presentation are written using text messaging abbreviations, flickr images, and web slang, so it’s also amusing to watch.

Lessig is a professor of law at Stanford Law School, and founder of its Center for Internet and Society. He is the founder and CEO of the Creative Commons and a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and of the Software Freedom Law Center. Here is a link to a more extensive Bio on his website if you are interested.

As someone who known for his dedication to protecting our privacy rights and constitutional freedoms, Lessig is someone I genuinely respect for their judgment. He talks openly about his past support for the Clintons and why he has since left them, and why Obama is the right man not only for the democrats, but for the country, and the world.

Yes, I know its a political endorsement, and thus, is prone to be biased by nature. It is. But his arguments still hold water, and the criteria that Lessig used in measuring the Democratic contenders will be just as useful in analyzing the Republican candidates. Watch the video.


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