Monday, December 10, 2007

Warm Fuzzies

Sure, it was six degrees while I was jogging, but the news was good!

Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey drew 30,000 people in South Carolina. Funny how the MPR commentators kept questioning whether or not Winfrey's clout will matter. Has anyone else drummed up that many people in one place? Oprah's influence may not be as direct as people imagine but just think of all that contact info on 30,000 people: potential volunteers, donors, and voters.

Then I got to hear a snippet of Al Gore's speech as he accepted the Nobel Prize!

A good day for this unapologetic left-leaner, when Gore gets the big prize and Dems draw 30,000. I'm catching a little bit of that Obama fever myself. Even though John Edwards is more progressive on paper, I can't help but think that Obama may be a JFK in the making. JFK ran on a considerably more conservative platform than his presidential policies turned out to be. Maybe once he's safely ensconced, Obama will do the same?

4 comments:

EKoko said...

Thanks for the optimistic analysis, Mary! I've been down in the dumps lately thinking about the collapse of the current empire and how everything is basically hopeless...and you buoyed me up.

I like your blog.

EKoko said...

Thanks for the optimistic analysis, Mary! I've been down in the dumps lately thinking about the collapse of the current empire and how everything is basically hopeless...and you buoyed me up.

I like your blog.

Mrs. G. said...

I am an Edwards fan, but slowly warming to the fact that Obama may be my man. As much as I would love to vote a woman into the White House, as a citizen, I am ready for some drastic change. I'll take gueen over drastically ripe any day. What a wonderful blog.

Mary said...

Thanks for the comments -- I keep going back to that electric moment when I first heard Barack Obama speak. He seemed unafraid to forge ahead into far more progressive territory, to inspire, to orate. On the stump, Edwards sounds more progressive but Obama more promising. I know it's a crazy distinction, but there's an intangible I'm going with here. And, yes, as much as I too would like to see a woman, I want Big Change and can't see Hilary delivering on that--which is disappointing.