Up to this point, I've kept my political heart set aside for dear Mr Gore, in the event he'd decide to run. And until I'm absolutely and positively sure that he's not going to enter the race, I'm not throwing my definite support on anyone. But if Al decided that he was most definitely not going to run? I think I would be focusing in on Obama. Although my memories of the Clinton years are golden, I just don't think Hillary is capable of standing firm against the pressures of the right. She's a woman I'd be thrilled if a woman were in power. I'm just not convinced she'd be the right woman. But if it's between her and Giuliani as the media types say? Well... I'm sure you know how I'd be voting. ;)
Obama's a bit of a wild card. Although he doesn't always stand as firm as I figured he would, he is a hell of an intelligent man and can rhetorically communicate his ideas and dreams in a way that's reminiscent of JFK. He says things even if they're not always popular to say. And damnit, I like that. It's refreshing to get some straight talk instead of the same blah blah blah from all the other candidates. I came across this article
and it was written well about the times we are in and the times we might be about to enter...
Obama’s candidacy in this sense is a potentially transformational one. Unlike any of the other candidates, he could take America—finally—past the debilitating, self-perpetuating family quarrel of the Baby Boom generation that has long engulfed all of us. So much has happened in America in the past seven years, let alone the past 40, that we can be forgiven for focusing on the present and the immediate future. But it is only when you take several large steps back into the long past that the full logic of an Obama presidency stares directly—and uncomfortably—at you.
At its best, the Obama candidacy is about ending a war—not so much the war in Iraq, which now has a momentum that will propel the occupation into the next decade—but the war within America that has prevailed since Vietnam and that shows dangerous signs of intensifying, a nonviolent civil war that has crippled America at the very time the world needs it most. It is a war about war—and about culture and about religion and about race. And in that war, Obama—and Obama alone—offers the possibility of a truce.