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Obama, again [Nov. 17th, 2008|11:33 pm]
My head still agrees with my original rather lukewarm support for Obama: I quoted Patrick Nielsen Hayden as saying "He’s not an insurgent; he’s the standardbearer for a faction of the country’s political elite."

And yet. The fact that an African American is president of the United States, and that not one of his names, Barack nor Hussein nor Obama, is European -- that's amazing. And strong magic.

Sliding down the stars again;
Playing in the sea again;
Swimming in the heart again;
Singing to the breeze again.

From: (Anonymous)
2008-11-19 02:05 pm (UTC)
My comment notwithstanding, I think it's absolutely fantastic that we managed to get this guy elected. It makes me vastly more optimistic about the future.

The flip side of my observation is that you need experienced elites in order to get anything meaningful done. Which is why I'm not bothered by Obama filling his administration with people who worked for Clinton; these are the people who know how to do things, and if he picks the smarter ones, they'll also be the ones who've learned from that administration's mistakes.
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[User Picture]From: pnh
2008-11-19 02:05 pm (UTC)
Oops: that was me.
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[User Picture]From: angelweed
2008-11-20 04:32 am (UTC)
Yes, vastly more optimistic.

You need insurgents, too, but usually they come earlier. Obama couldn't have done what Martin Luther King did; Dr. King couldn't have done what (I hope!) Obama's about to do.

Agreed about the Clinton folks.
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