Election 2008 Obama Politics The Clintons

Following Up “The Paradox of Barack Obama”

I wrote a piece a while back – before the February 5th Super Primary – about “The Paradox of Barack Obama“. asking a few questions:

What Obama and his supporters are counting on are the choices of many individuals to take a leap of faith – a faith not borne out by recent history, but a faith in a better tomorrow – specifically a better tomorrow founded on the discernment of the American people. This is what Obama means when he speaks of “the audacity of hope”, the “fierce urgency of now”, and “the great need of the hour”. It is what skeptics call “drinking the Kool-Aid“.

What Obama is attempting to do is call on the “better angels of our nature”. The paradox is that he will only succeed if America is transformed through a leap of faith. And a majority of individuals will only take the leap of faith if they first believe he will succeed. Which is why his campaign is a conjuring act. It is also why his campaign – unlike Hillary’s – will require American politics to rise to a different level.

The question now is:

  1. Can he get Hillary to rise to that level?
  2. Can he convince Hillary to trust the American people and say what she means?
  3. Can he convince Hillary that the American people will see beyond the gutter politics dominating the campaign?
  4. Can he convince Democrats that he can win in a politics dominated by character assassination?

Now that the campaign has progressed as far as it has, I think we can answer these questions:

  1. No.
  2. No.
  3. No.
  4. Yes.

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