I never thought I’d see the day, but David Brooks just made a point that made me slap my head and wonder why it didn’t occur to me before. I dunno how he did it.
And Americans are not going to want to see this stopped. When an African-American man is leading a juggernaut to the White House, do you want to be the one to stand up and say No?
I don’t see that many will. I don’t see how they can. I thought the story from here was going to be “How will Obama blow it?” But what I see coming is different, after reading those words. The good story, and the only one nearly anyone can get away with, is the coronation of an American legend-to-be. And if that is true, then the Obama campaign we’ve all maligned is actually a work of brilliance. Because he hasn’t said anything that can really offend anyone. Who wants to speak out against hope, against unity, against healing divides, much less to do so against a candidate whose very candidacy is a testament to the kind of progress this nation has made?
Indeed, is this displayed in any way better than by the pathetic nature of Paul Krugman’s swipe at Obama in his column today? (As an aside, I am taking great satisfaction in watching Krugman’s unraveling as a columnist, which is clearly a result of the loss of his dispassionate eye for the truth as an economist which got him the gig in the first place.) How, after today, can you possibly see anyone truly getting away with going after Barack Obama as “shallow”? If he is shallow, then the entire American mythos is shallow (which may well be true, but not something anyone in politics can sell).
It is a dirty game, and I have no doubt that Sen. Clinton can play it as well as anyone. But I’m having a hard time seeing how she can take Obama down.
(With the caveat that while all of this is somewhat interesting, I still don’t believe it particularly matters.)