June 4, 2008
radical acceptance
I'm not a woman who simply likes palatable in dating or good food or politics. I want movement and a slice of unpredictable and some damn parsley on the side.

Obama is palatable. To me, he represents a comfortable neutral in a sitting room of wicker, ice cream without a mix-in. He's a safe choice for us, comfortable to elect. If he was as controversial a black man as Hillary is a white woman, if he was as fierce or radical a presence, do we really think either of them would be representing the party? I wish they would, but something tells me McCain would be comparing paint swatches for the walls of the Lincoln Bedroom. Sad, really, that we aren't ready to push things even further.

Yes, Obama is making history and that isn't to be minimized. But if Democrats are honest with our collective selves, I don't think it's quite the radical statement it's being made out to be. Baby steps? Maybe that's all that's palatable right now.


17 Comments:

Blogger jenniejen said...

Good point. I must say I'm disappointed that Hillary isn't going to be the Democratic Nominee running...she has fire and conviction. I just hope that Obama is ready for the challenges of being the next President. But I still say he's better than that old fogie McCain. Just sayin' we need some young blood in the White House. Someone that is closer to my generation than my grandfathers.

Blogger t2ed said...

No one eats parsley. Evah.

Blogger John said...

I never talk politics before one in the afternoon and it's now 12:50 p.m. I just wanted to say welcome back. I missed you. : )

Blogger Gwen said...

I think the sad fact that people are still CONVINCED that Obama is a secret Muslim (and, uh, yeah, what would be so wrong about that?) proves that we are so not ready for anything less vanilla than chocolate.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Obama's perfect in that he's had the experience of being an African American in the U.S. AND growing up with a white mom and grandparents. He's the bridge for this gap. I think he's perfect for it - and he'll pave the way for someone who's a bit more "controversial".

Hillary's my Mom's age. And I think it's time for someone younger to be taking up the job.

Blogger WildbillthePirate said...

Baby Steps IS all we are ready for, sadly.

OpenID mylimbo said...

I agree with anonymous, I'm young, I'd like to see a young leader. We need some sort of change, I just hope the country is ready for this one.

OpenID redstaplernation said...

So glad you're back!

I read an article today - in Slate maybe? - about how Hillary didn't get the nom because she was not feminist enough for the feminists. Hm.

Blogger JordanBaker said...

I'll vote for the guy, but I'll probably go "PBBBBLLLLTTTT" at my ballot while I'm doing so. In my eyes, this election has been a no-win situation from just about the get go.

Blogger Heather said...

I completely agree. Now, I have NO clue on where to place my bet, er.. vote.
I have to admit I had/still have a huge crush on John Edwards. I was so disappointed when he dropped out. I thought he would make a wonderful president.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

reagan bush reagan bush bush clinton clinton bush bush OBAMA.

We're putting an end to thirty years of fuck-ups.

Blogger bandick said...

2nd anonymous...
I think you're a little off.

Try: reagan reagan bush clinton clinton bush bush (insert your candidate's name here).

Point -- there was no Bush between Reagans. And not two Bushes between Reagan and Clinton, just one. That's 20 years of fuck-ups, with a nice 8 year break somewhere near the middle.

Blogger Spirophita said...

I am an Obama supporter and still think that he has had to curb his message significantly over the last 6 months. In some ways it is sad, but it is also how someone is able to move forward in this kind of politics. I'm hoping he's paving the way for less comfortable choices in the future.

Blogger Wanderlusting said...

What about a woman as a VP? Whether that be Kennedy or Clinton. That should AT LEAST shake some things up.

Anonymous sandra said...

I really don't think that being either a black man or a white woman is significant -- or at least that it shouldn't be. But in any case, I've heard Obama speak in person and I have to say, there's something about him that's amazing.

Blogger Vesper de Vil said...

i love Obama!!!!

Blogger Casey said...

I don't vote. It just encourages them.

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