January 07, 2008


I can't help feeling that the main attraction Barack Obama has for a lot of Americans isn't so much his newness, his freshness, and his youth (although they all play really well against Clinton and against most Republican candidates), but the way he makes them feel good about America. Watching him stand there smart, articulate, successful, and black in front of adoring totally-white audiences, you almost have to feel better about race and possibility in America (and thence yourself as an American, I guess).

(Yes, I'm an Obamaian, or at least passively and rather weakly so in this attenuated field. But then I'm not American, am I? Like Adrants, I rather like Jetpack's comparison of Obama to the iPhone. But then I own an iPhone, don't I?).

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