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Obama At The 2004 DNC: Do you Remember?

In light of the past few months, I thought I’d take a few minutes to once again, watch Barack Obama’s transformational speech from the 2004 Democratic National Convention and I am struck by three things: 1) At the time of the speech (July 28, 2004) there were “only” 900 dead American service men and women in Iraq while today, 1/23/2009, there are 4,229, according to icasualties.org. 2) My god, can you imagine what the past four years would have been like had the Kerry/Edwards ticket actually won? and 3) I suppose it’s possible that then state senator Barack Obama didn’t have his eyes on the prize, but David Axelrod and other certainly did. This was the mother of all coming out speeches.
I remember watching it back then and being blown away. I was not following politics as closely as I am now and admit to not really knowing him as a rising star in the Democratic Party before the speech, but after? There was no doubt that there was a bright future for Sen. Obama.
I will also admit that until late summer, 2008, I had relatively little hope for the election of Barack Obama to the presidency. My experience as a political junkie and the political and racial history of the United States made his election, to me, an incredibly unlikely thing. Up until the Democratic National Convention in Denver, I had a hard time allowing myself to believe that he could be the nation’s first black president but, turning the phrase on its head, the “perfect storm” made it possible and maybe, just maybe, I under-estimated the open mindedness of the American people.
I say “maybe” because let’s face it, the combination of George W. Bush’s “achievements” and Senator McCain’s choice of Palin to crown an awful campaign cleared the way, at least a little, for the victory that so many of us celebrated with gusto on November 4th and again on January 20th. I say “maybe” because I am not yet convinced we are in a true “post-racial America” (whatever that really means) but I am genuinely ecstatic about the result.
And as for the rest? It’s up to the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama to show us what he’s made of and it’s up to us to do our part.

Election 2008: Live Blogging the Day

Bookmark this page, as I’ll be posting often, including pix from the Rabbi Report’s magnificent election night gala, right here on E. 9th St. in Greenwich Village (you know…the place where all the pinkos are).
11:00pm- I have no words. We’ve done it and I’m overcome by emotion. Colorado and Florida, too. 333 electoral vote, so far. I am going to go and be with my friends for a while.
10:20pm-Text from a Fox News staffer to a friend: “Memo sent from McCain campaign: No path to 270.” Well, we already knew it, but man…it’s great to hear the McCain camp say it, even if it’s “secret.”
9:25pm-ABC and MSNBC have called Ohio for Obama. Add that to CA, WA, OR and HI….well, you do the math.
9:21-CNN calls the KY Senate race for Mitch McConnell. Not good.
Losing Pennsylvania and NH is incredibly damaging to McCain.
8:32pm-ABC calls the NC senate for race for Kay Hagan. +3!
8:21pm-Jeanne Shaheen (D) defeats GOP senator John Sununu in NH, so that’s a net pick up of 3 seats for the Dems!
8:15p,-Fox News predicts Liddy Dole, going down in flames in North Carolina. If that’s true, that’s another Senate pick up for the Dems!
8:05pm-Multiple networks call Pennsylvania and NH for Obama. EV counts are now 102-34. CNN, however, has NOT called PA.
7:53pm-Numbers in Florida and Indiana are looking very good for Obama. Track the county by county races here.
7:50pm-Lunsford is only down by 6/10th of a percent, with over 28% of the vote reported in KY. This is really good.
7:30pm-Ohio, West Virginia and North Carolina closed. CNN unable to make any predictions.
7:13pm-Bruce Lunsford (D) is giving GOP stalwart Mitch McConnell a run for his money. It’s a 2 point race with 13% reporting. Follow it here.
Adam Kersh colors in Vermont for Obama:
7:04am- Obama wins VT (3 EV) and McCain picks up Kentucky (8 EV). No big surprise, here. Mark Warner wins a senate seat in VA. Dems +1 in the Senate.
6:54pm: Six minutes. Six Minutes. Six minutes, Doug E. Fresh, you’re on!
6:00pm: Polls in most of Indiana and 1/2 of Kentucky are now closed. However, networks will (rightly) not predict until 7:00pm.
4:45pm: The party will feature booze, food and the special Giant Rabbi-Tastic Map™:
Stay tuned for special election night coverage, as we watch this historic night unfold. I might even post some pix or video of special guests changing the colors on the map!

“My Fellow Prisoners?” Olberman and Cleese On McCain and Joe

From Halloween night’s Countdown With Keith Olberman’s #1 story. John Cleese and Olberman on Joe The Plumber and McCain’s apparently worsening mental status….
Great all the way through but at about 3:30, it really goes into orbit…

Clarity Of Thought, Deed & Purpose: Your Job Until Election Day

Once again Mr. Tom Hall has delivered a wonderful piece of writing and leads the way on clear, concise coverage of an issue. After attending the Democratic National Convention (well, I was in Denver, not in the convention hall, alas) I made myself a promise that I guess I ought to make public, if only so that should I not follow through, there will be ample evidence. That promise was to write, often and passionately, about the upcoming election and why Barack Obama needs to be the next president of the United States. Thanks for kicking me in the ass, Tom!
I believe this is the most important election of the past 28 years and in hindsight, maybe the most important since 1960. Hell, why not since ever? In 1980, many of us were convinced that Reagan would lead us to nuclear war, but the threat of Mutually Assured Destruction (a better nickname, MAD, was never invented) and the inevitable destabilization of the Soviet Union prevented that fear from becoming reality. However, the Reagan presidency sharply reversed the social and civil rights gains achieved over the previous 15-20 years and continued the US policy of turning Latin America into our own little death squad playground.
But back to why this particular election is so important. Two words: Supreme Court. If you think that we barely survived the 5-4 decisions of the “Kennedy Court” of the past few years (2008 notwithstanding) wait until Justices Stevens (88 years old), Ginsberg (75, rumored to be ill) and possibly Souter (68 and fed up with the partisan court) and Kennedy (72) retire.

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