Obama is the Moses of the Democrat party. With his victory in Iowa, he is freeing the Democrats-in-captivity who have long been disillusioned with the Clintons but felt they had no choice but to vote for them or their interests.
Standing before the Pharoahs Clinton, Barack says: “let my people go! Or at least let them vote for whom they wish!”
I have people in my own family who have said, “I don’t really like Hillary, but I will probably vote for her,” simply because it seemed the “next thing” they were supposed to do. Just like the “time to make the donuts man,” the last few years have seemed to them to be a mindless “time to elect Hillary,” whether they wanted to or not.
Barack Obama’s win in Iowa – in a state that so many have unfairly dismissed as being populated by “yahoos” and farmland unsophisticates – breaks the mesmerizing “you don’t have to fall in love, just fall in line” hold of the Clinton team. That is exciting.
UPDATE: I like what my Li’l Bro Thom wrote to me when he read this:
It was striking to me watching him and Hillary. She was surprisingly normal (but inauthentic, as usual). But she just couldn’t help herself. Obama’s rhetoric was about uniting the country and holding on to hope and bringing about positive change. Hillary thanked, with a sneer, “Republicans who have seen the light.”
In his way, Obama almost reflect the “affirmative orthodoxy” (Democratic variety) that John Allen used to describe Benedict XVI. He’s less combative, more thoughtful than Hillary – and he is one hell of a speaker.
That’s quite a good insight by Thom. Everything just became more interesting, too.
There will be lots of time for taking a long hard look at Obama’s experience, his ideas and his character. For today, let’s just give props to the man for running a clean campaign and re-charging the nation’s battery.
Betsy Newmark says, Hillary, they’re just not that into you.