Drive, He Said

by Michael O. Allen on February 8, 2008

Barack Obama The interesting about the James Taranto piece in the Wall Street Journal today is that Barack Obama’s critics (like Taranto who actually called Obama’s ‘authenticity’ into question in this piece) are looking for specific and detailed policy proposals from him so they chew them up and spit them out as not good. I read this somewhere and I’ll have to find it now: someone said that Obama doesn’t need to come out with detailed policy plans for all issues, or any issue for that matter, because that’s not his job as president.

As Obama himself has said with more uplift and better words, he wants to reconceived politics and reconnect the people to their government in way that allows everyone to work to the public good (I may be taking a huge license here). That cannot be contained in any policy plan. Obama has to guide and lead the nation, particularly in his example. As his legion of supporters have shown, he has done that very well in this campaign. “Hope is what brought me here,” he said in Iowa. Obama is inspiring people and bringing them out to vote.

The promise of Obama is that when we arrive at a consensus, whether some of us are happy with it or not, we would know we got there honestly. It would not be the false choices we always get now that then sends us into our various warring camps, readying for the next battle.

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Todd Drew February 8, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Very good post. I’ve been worried all along that Obama would just be another conservative Democrat. But now I’m starting to think that maybe he is on the right track.

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