"There is difference and there is power. And who holds the power decides the meaning of the difference." --June Jordan

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Times' Campaign Commentary

I should be sick of Op Eds full of attempts at witty comments about the presidential candidates and their campaigns, but I can't help that I really enjoyed this one by Gail Collins from todays New York Times:

Hillary could start by purging her campaign of the lingering sense that the presidency is her due and anyone who stands in her way is a particularly mean chauvinist. You cannot run a campaign with the slogan: "Vote for Hillary - Think of All She's Been Through."

And while it seems unlikely, Barack might consider admitting once in a while that it's possible for a person to reach for a greater tomorrow while voting for somebody else.

"It's about the past versus the future," he said yesterday, railing at some people (no names were mentioned, but we're really running out of alternatives) who are willing to settle for small change, who "look backwards and try to build a bridge back to the 20th century."

See, that is the sort of thing that makes Hillary voters depressed. Everybody wants to be a change agent. But Barack is making Clintonites feel like an elderly aunt who won't let the kids play their newfangled music in the talent show.


Read the whole thing.  It made me chuckle. (But then again, I'm a total nerd.)