Cross Posted From Article of Faith:
In case you’ve missed it, Senator Barack Obama has been everywhere this week, hocking his new book “The Audacity of Hope” and copping, among other media outlets, the cover of Time Magazine.
In the article, my favorite Time doofus Joe “Patsy” Klein summarizes Obama’s book rather negatively, despite glowing protestations otherwise. He counts more than 50 “on the other hands” which Obama uese when discussing issues.
One can see this as bright intelligence (which it is), or one can see this as more Third Way, triangulation nonsense which ultimately stands for nothing.
What I like about Obama is his call for an end to “Baby Boomer politics”. At 45, Obama is at the front end of Generation X (1960-1979), and as a member of said generation, I concur. With all due apologies to the Baby Boomers reading, their slide from idealized youth in the 60’s and 70’s to middle age neocons in the 80’s and 90’s, was disappointing at best. Obama describes their politics as “highly moralistic and personal, dividing people between who is good and who is bad” and I agree there isn’t much use in it.
But am I ready for a president I could call “dude” when I met him? And does this country need more triangulating Clintonese, especially in times like this with a war raging and madmen with nuclear devices springing up like kudzu?
And do you think for a second the Boomers would cede power to some young “whipper snapper” like Obama? They’ve only been in control of the White House for 12 years, after all. Their parent’s generation (the “Greatest”, 1900-1925) held 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue from Kennedy through the first Bush, more than 30 years. I don’t think we can write off the Boomers just yet.
One more reason not consider Obama at this point: David Brooks thinks he “should run for president” because “he is not an orthodox liberal.” Whatever that is.
If conservatives like Brooks are shilling for Obama, now clearly isn’t the right time. But I look forward to seeing more of him in the future.