Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Barack 'n Bloggin': Snowin' in New York, but Rollin' in the Potomac Trifecta

NEW YORK, Feb. 12 — Trucks, vans, and pedestrians slipped and slid up and down Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway in Morningside Heights this afternoon and evening as snow accumulated and turned to sleet, or even the ambiguous, mysterious "wintry mix." Some 300 miles south, however, the Barack and Roll was booming across the Potomac, all the way out the the Chesapeake as Obama swept the DC, Maryland, and Virginia Democratic primaries.

Unabashedly, enthusiastically, yes, we can. I'm fired up and ready to go.

With the hope of encouraging turnout today, I logged on to facebook last night to check onthe status of my DC-area friends. Happily, most of them are pretty savvy and engaged, being DC young professionals or students. One old friend, a Christian conservative, expressed in this status message dismay with his choices, suggesting his vote would be either an anti-McCain vote or an anti-Hillary vote.

Virginia doesn't require specific party registration of its primary voters, so this old friend was choosing between the donkeys and the elephants. I felt compelled to make a pitch for Barack, and as it turned out, my buddy ended up voting for him. Who's to say if my message made a difference or sealed the deal, but it points at least to Barack's cross-over appeal.

In this speech tonight at a Madison, Wis., rally, Barack humorously acknowledged that appeal. The Obama-cans, Republicans supporting him, often whisper to him as he works the rope line, shaking hands before and after his stump speech. As he tells it:

"Barack!" they whisper, "I'm a Republican, but I support you!"

It's OK, Obama-cans, you don't have to whisper, we're all friends here, we don't bite, and you're all welcome, anytime. And if Barack becomes president, maybe a year from now the whispers that indicate cross-party cooperation and friendship will begin to grow a little bit louder, until we, as Americans rather than donkeys and elephants, are throwing our hands back, and shouting, "Yes, we can! Now we will!"

He's raising our spirits, and he'll raise the debate, as he helps us raise ourselves and the country, restoring and improving the American reputation and fostering the American dream.

Ed. Note: BS notes the unusual editorializing and blatant propaganda of this post. Even though we usually try to present a somewhat objective picture of events, it's tough to do it in this case — we think Barack is just that good, and he inspires us like few, if any, others have previously. If you strongly object, let us know; we're considering a post on journalistic objectivity, or the impossibility thereof, in covering politics for the near future.

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