The Time Is Right

And the time is now. The Chicago Tribune, famous for never endorsing a Democrat for President (dating back to before it even matters) has editorialized today in surprising fashion, advising Barack Obama to run in 2008. Of course, this is not an endorsement by any means, and I bet that if John McCain or Rudy Guiliani were the Republican candidate the Trib would fall back in line. But it’s early and I agree with their sentiment, especially the possibility of what Obama could do:

“What would he bring to the race that others don’t? The most obvious is an approach that transcends party, ideology and geography.”

Is it possible? I don’t know, but I sure would love to find out. The early line already has Obama pegged as “inexperienced” but I find that to be a weak argument, and a sign that there’s not much in the way of negatives on the man. If this is the best you can do… I can guarantee you that if Obama waited until the next chance to run (2012, or 2016 if another Democrat wins in 2008!) they would be saying that he’s a “Washington insider” and his record would somehow make him too experienced, they way it usually is with senatorial candidates. The time is now!

The other line I’m hearing is that not only does Mr. Obama have a funny name, he also has an “inconvenient” middle name (Hussein). Seriously, the kind of people who have a problem with that aren’t going to vote for him anyway.

The time is right and the time is now.

1 Comment so far

  1. erik (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 9:44 am

    As conservative as I’ve been accused fo being on this site, I’m all about Obama. Particularly because he’s far less polarizing than a potential “Clinton 44.” I don’t think this country needs more political polarization.

    Also, he’s a smart dude. I heard his talk at the Chicago Council on Gloabl Affairs the other day. Disclosure: I’m a Maroon and irrationally proud, so I’d probably endorse the Linne statue if it ran.

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