Rich, the commentator,can't deny how the current 2008 campaign narrative spectacularly favors Obama. This article has the tone of the proverbial Sunny Optimism. So does Krugman, commenting on the way race has been transformed in the US in only the last 20 years:
But things can change really quickly. Remember when Obama gave a slightly-weak speech on foreign policy, and the media jumped on him, and his poll numbers suffered? Well, Obama just got done with a sort of post-convention glow.
But if Mr. Obama does win, it will symbolize the great change that has taken place in America. Racial polarization used to be a dominating force in our politics — but we’re now a different, and better, country.
Funny, McCain ripped off Obama's web site signage:
But it's a rip-off that's comparable to the Transformers versus the Go-Bots.
Say what you will about Obama on the policy issues; the man is simply more culturally in tune than Hillary Clinton or McCain, or any politician out there right now. In fact, he's like Bill Clinton in that area -- remember the saxophone and the "boxers or briefs?" MTV theatrics? He's got the accessibility and youth vote, but must develop the policy gravitas for people worried about their social security checks and jobs.