Kicking off the “Not Spencer” series on the 2008 election is Howard from The Web Pen Blog.
We all get tired of the election season — the stunts, the ploys, the twisted words, the lies, the horrible ads. I can’t wait to get past it as well. Mostly because I’m looking forward to looking back at how a junior Senator from Illinois could bring so much passion and interest back into the political realm to millions of Americans. Here in Denver, Colorado, his charisma and ability to make people believe that he really will try to bring about change in our government looks to bring him the state’s nine electoral votes. The first time Colorado has gone blue since 1992. Barack Obama is popular out here. Very popular. Hugely so. He won the Colorado Democratic caucus 67 – 32% over Hilary Clinton.
Quite a large number of people showed up for that caucus as well. In 2004, 15,000 people voted in the Colorado Caucus. Four years later, we have two extremely viable Democratic candidates who excite voters to the point of causing an extended caucus process. The final tally showed eight times more people voted in 2008 than 2004 and over two-thirds of them voted for Obama. People all around me of all ages and tones couldn’t wait to be part of the political process — something that was as inspirational as one of Obama’s speeches. It was official: Colorado loves Barack Obama.
Listening to Senator Obama in front of a group of people is inspiring. There is no other word for it. There has been no Presidential candidate who has delivered the kind of speeches that enliven the masses in my lifetime. All the great mouthpieces had been assassinated around the time I was born — JFK, Dr. King, Bobby Kennedy — so the only examples are from old footage I have seen over the years. Barack Obama has given me the chance to empathize with those that heard these other oratories generations before mine. I finally get to feel what they might have felt. And it feels great. For the first time in years, I’m energized about an election. I have a candidate I believe has to win. He is a candidate that comes at the right time. After eight years of cronyism and corporate sponsorship of government, here is a candidate who has barely been tainted by Washington, comes out of no where and wants to turn more of America’s focus back to its own citizenry.
So why am I so excited for all of this excitement to be over? Win or lose in November, it’s what history will say about the 2008 political process that I’m curious about. I’m interested in what those who have more historical knowledge than I have to say especially about the inspiration factor of Barack Obama. Give me some theories and opinions on his charisma. Give me some fodder for my own observations so I can incorporate them into my own psyche. In other words, I’m looking forward to looking back on what could very easily be a moment of change in history that will be well remembered for generations.
I’m cautiously hopeful at least.
The “Not Spencer” series continues tomorrow with a political cartoon from frequent commenter Grace.