Friday, December 14, 2007

I Couldn't Have Put This Better Myself

From The Week:

Why Obama's suddenly catching fire

If Hillary Clinton wants to know why she's sinking in the polls, said Jonah Goldberg (Los Angeles Times), she shouldn't blame Oprah Winfrey. Instead, she should take a hard look at Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. When Democrats took control of Congress in 2006, triumphant liberal activists expected "some sort of good-government reform." It hasn't happened. Congress is still married to pork-barrel spending, and it's done nothing about health care, the budget deficit, or global warming. Though now led by liberals Pelosi and Reid, Congress failed to stop the Iraq war. In fact, it keeps voting to fund it. The '06 victory, in fact, has translated to almost nothing for Democrats who believed they'd brought the Bush era to an end. "As Washington politics grow more disappointing," Democats are taking a new look at Barack Obama and his "politics of hope." His talk of transcendng politics no longer sounds quite so naive, while the prospect of electing a woman no longer sounds so revolutionary; she seems cautions, centrist, and safe. Democrats long for a president who "will magically change the world," and unfortunately for Clinton, neither "Clinton nor Hillary are abracadabra words anymore. But Obama is."

Or as my friend J. points out, there's been a Bush or Clinton in the White House for the past 20 years. It's time for someone else to have a chance.


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