Barack Obama’s crushing victory in the Wisconsin primary confirms him as the favorite to become the next president of the US. That possibility is so amazing to me that I have trouble taking it in. In less than a year, George W. Bush may just be an unpleasant memory and we may have an American president who is not a total asshole. That’s the first time since 1980 as far as I am concerned.
CNN streamed Obama’s victory speech, which was the first chance I have had to hear him at any length. He was just as good as everyone says, with every pause, every cadence carefully balanced. Obama would certainly inspire me if I were a young American, especially when compared to the stuttering efforts of the current president.
The contrast between Obama’s fluid delivery and the clip from Bush’s efforts in Africa on the news tonight was damning. Bush sounds to me like someone going through voice therapy after a particularly heavy blow to the head. Obama sounds like a leader—like someone cleverer and wiser than the rest of us, not like a retarded cousin.
I never liked Billary’s campaign much but two recent elements have particularly turned me against her. For a start, after her last three defeats she has refused to congratulate Obama, in defiance of normal practice and good manners. Someone asked me what pikon meant the other day, you won’t get a better example of it than that.
Or take her campaign’s insistence on fighting for the Florida and Michigan “ghost” delegates to be reinstated. Gimme a break. When the Democratic Party announced that those states would be allowed no delegates at the convention (as a penalty for moving their primary dates forward) Obama and Edwards didn’t even bother to put their names on the ballot. The fact that Hillary is now fighting to change the rules of the game halfway through—and doesn’t seem to realize how tainted such a victory would be—just shows how she and her team want to win at any cost. She is a vindictive woman who would make an awful president -- I have no sympathy for her at all.