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Obama's Democratic Nomination Victory Speech « Previous | |Next »
June 5, 2008

Just to make sure that there is no doubt. Barack Obama is speaking from the Xcel Center in Minnesota, the very arena where the Republican convention will be held:

Obama has the numbers. Clinton lost It was an epic victory. Now for McCain and the Republicans, with McCain increasingly becoming an advocate of lower taxes for the rich and corporations, a privatizer and shredder of the safety net.

A black man might just be president. it was only 50 years ago that African Americans often couldn't vote, and dozens died in the fight to ensure them their right.

Paul Krugman asks a good question about the celebrity-journalism style of campaign reporting in the US, which concentrates on political persona and ignores the policies of the candidates:

But now the general election begins, and there are stark differences on issues between the candidates. Will those issues be the focus of the coverage? Or will it be more of the same?

More of the same no doubt.

Geoffrey Garrett observes in the SMH that Clinton's best argument for staying in the contest to the end - Obama's poor showing in key swing states [eg., Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania ]- is the big story behind the celebrations. Democrats thought the road to the White House would be a cakewalk. Now it looks like a dogfight.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 8:03 AM | | Comments (1)


many grass-roots Clinton supporters feel that she has received unfair, even grotesque media treatment. There is a lot of bitterness and many wounds.