"So while Obama can continue to try to reassure resistant Clinton loyalists in Appalachia that he’s not a bogeyman from Madrassaland, he must also move on to the bigger picture for everyone else. He must rekindle the “fierce urgency of now” — but not, as he did in the primaries, merely to evoke uplifting echoes of the civil-rights struggle or the need for withdrawal from Iraq.
Most Americans, unlike the press, are not obsessed by race. (Those whites who are obsessed by race will not vote for Obama no matter what he or anyone else has to say about it.) And most Americans have turned their backs on the Iraq war, no matter how much McCain keeps bellowing about “victory.” The Bush White House is now poised to alight with the Iraqi government on a withdrawal timetable far closer to Obama’s 16 months than McCain’s vague promise of a 2013 endgame. As Gen. David Petraeus returns home, McCain increasingly resembles those mad Japanese soldiers who remained at war on remote Pacific islands years after Hiroshima." Frank Rich
Yes. It was forty years ago that the central story of McCain’s life was told. Our struggles in the 20th Century were noble in our minds (at least in some of our minds), but that was then and this is now. The country needs to move on into a very different world, a world in which America no longer stands on solid economic ground, an America that exists in a world in which the Soviet Union was buried almost twenty years ago. McCain says that when he looks into Putin’s eyes he sees the letters "KG and B?" That is as simplistic and silly as Bush’s emotional blubbering about Putin’s soul. The medieval gang of takfiri jihadis? How many are they? A few thousand? McCain says that the problem with them is the "transcendant struggle of the 21st Century?" Nonsense. Kill them and move on in a world in which Islam and the rest of the world are free to develop a real modus vivendi free of the burden of their interference.
And then, there is Obama — As Rich writes, we need no more pitch-man memetics focused on American belief in the magic of the word "change." There will be change? OK. What change? What is it that Obama proposes to change in Washington? Rich calls for a wide program of POLICY change with regard to the economy. Fine. What does Obama specifically intend to propose to Congress? They will have to give him the authority and money to make whatever policy he intends to save the economy. That thought reminds of Obama’s description of Washington as "the place where hope is wrung out of your heart." He has suggested that he wants to change the "system?" Really? What system? The Constitution? No more lobbyists on "K Street?" No more lobbyists for; the NEA, the NRA, the AARP, the NAM, the AFL-CIO, AIPAC and its satellites, AFSME, the US Chamber of Commerce? The list is endless. If there are no lobbyists, then how will legislation be framed? Will it be as the product of the divine inspiration of "the leader," of "big brother?"
Let us hear what Brother Barack actually proposes other than the novelty of himself and an end to Bush. pl