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Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Bob's take:
My time with Dylan is up and we stand in preparation for my leaving the room. As a last aside, I ask for his take on the US political situation in the run-up to November's presidential election.

"Well, you know right now America is in a state of upheaval," he says. "Poverty is demoralising. You can't expect people to have the virtue of purity when they are poor. But we've got this guy out there now who is redefining the nature of politics from the ground up...Barack Obama. He's redefining what a politician is, so we'll have to see how things play out. Am I hopeful? Yes, I'm hopeful that things might change. Some things are going to have to." He offers a parting handshake. "You should always take the best from the past, leave the worst back there and go forward into the future," he notes as the door closes between us.

The WSJ has another postmortem on the Clinton campaign
Time has another look at how Obama pulled it off

I liked this line, from a blog post written Tuesday night after the speeches:
if this evening's speeches were a video game, a wrinkled wizard would be hollering "Finish Him!" to Barack Obama while a dizzied John McCain wobbled. And Hillary Clinton would be frenetically mashing the buttons on an unplugged controller.

Harold Meyerson recalls a time when two ideologically similar camps within the Democratic Party were unable to resolve their differences, and what it cost us.

It's the 40th anniversary of the assassination of RFK. A former member of his campaign recalls that night, and how it changed his life. It wasn't until a few years ago that I actually read up on that campaign and really came to appreciate why it held such a grip on so many people, and why that assassination was such a blow - regarded as even the death of hope itself - for our country. Is it possible... ugh... I hesitate to even type the words... is it possible that we are now witnessing that banner being reclaimed in the candidacy of Barack Obama?

Some interesting thoughts on "the joint town hall thing"

And this is also interesting

the fist bump coverage is a bit silly, but I do love this pic. it seems to capture a private moment in the midst of public outpouring. Michelle's expression conveys so much.

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