Sunday, February 10, 2008

Obama, the Movement

Barack Obama represents true change. The excitement about him comes as much from what he doesn't represent as what he does. He doesn't represent back room deals. He doesn't represent big money donations. He doesn't represent buddying up with lobbyists. He doesn't represent divisiveness and dirty politics. He represents genuine honesty and a willingness to work together. He is the candidate of hope, a kind of hope we haven't seen in a long time.

For people tired of half-truths and parties controlled by political power brokers, his candidacy is the opportunity of a lifetime.

Before the first vote was even cast in the presidential primaries, the word among party insiders was that Hillary would have the nomination. For the first time in my lifetime, a candidate is raising a serious challenge to that sort of predestined selection of presidential candidates, putting power back in the hands of the voters at large.

Obama will have to win the presidential primaries overwhelmingly to win the nomination in the party's selection process heavily weighted with Superdelegates. And it looks like he can do it.

In the best ways, a vote for Obama is a vote for change, and proof that "Yes, we can!"