While surfing the Obama momentum wave earlier today, I happened upon a great comment by a reader of a CBS News article, How Obama Became the Man to Beat.
The commenter--describing him/herself as "someone who voted for Bush, registered as an independent, and spent most of my life blindly voting for Democrats"--shared this jewel of an insight with the rest of us.
I think it is really interesting the number of people who disregard Obama's experience before he became an elected official. A community organizer is one who understands the power of people uniting to create change - and requiring that the people who want change actually do something to create it. While his rivals talk about experience - they are making a tremendous point - they have experience indeed, doing things that don't work, don't impact all people, and don't make a sustainable difference in the middle class of America who work each and every day. I don't need experience, I need leadership. I need someone who at the end of the day will know what they know, and what they don't know, and make a stand, a decision, a movement - to create what we need. I should only be slightly surprised that Harvard Law Review, being personable, taking a chance when our country needs it most, uniting people, and demonstrating the capacity to grow is frowned upon. Enough already with the inherited position - change is coming one voter at a time. (...) There's something to be said for doing the research, making a choice, and believing in the possibility that our country can live up to its promise.The political bubble has burst.
The media, the pundits, the overindulged candidates who have continually ignored the growing wave of voter dissatisfaction find themselves on a glycerin-slick road as Americans--tired, fed up, but not ready to give up--finally unite against the Beltway Crowd who have formulated and focused politics in the way that benefited them most for far too long.
It's over. Finally.
We are witnessing the Revolution.