Because Politics is in the tag line — all I can say is Wow — Obama not only won it, he won it in a rout. I know there are naysayers. I’ve heard all the “experience” talk. And you know what? I don’t care …
He inspires people across the spectrum — I’m hearing apocryphal stories about independents and Republicans who will vote for him. He inspires me. Imagine if we could have an inspirational candidate on the Democratic side — not a candidate that we know is the smartest person in the room, not the candidate that we know is right about the issues even if he or she does have a personality that turns people off, but a candidate who can fire up a room, fire up a nation.
I said after New Hampshire that I wasn’t ready to send Hillary home, and frankly, I’m still not. The Clintons are starting to play dirty politics, and if Obama can’t win against them, then I’m not sure he can win against the even dirtier politics that are sure to come in the general election. But I have also felt since the beginning of this race that I don’t want a return to the Clinton years. I am not someone who believes in living in the past — it was one of the rules that Patrick and I lived by “no going backwards.” There’s no going back, there’s only forward — and even if Hillary could win over a nation in which she’s enormously and irrationally hated, I think her presidency would be hobbled by the urge to redeem her husband’s tenure. Plus, I don’t like the dynastic implications of 20-plus years of Clintons and Bushes in the White House. And while I didn’t realize this until recently, I’m a little pissed at the Clintons — they had their chance and they screwed it up. And by screwing it up, they paved the way for GW Bush and all the havoc and disaster he has wrought. I’m not so sure I’m ready to give them another chance.
I want a change. I want new blood. I want someone my age in the White House — someone who is not defined by the battles of the 1960s.
Imagine if as Democarats we dared to believe. Dared to hope.
Now we’ll just have to see what happens on Super Tuesday.