Tuesday, June 3, 2008
AP is reporting Obama as the nominee, he's just a few delegates away from having the required amount and many undeclared superdelegates still to declare. Hillary has already admitted that she'd consider the VP slot (although it would be a huge mistake for Obama to offer it to her), and her campaign is already showing signs of winding down.
We are witnesses, on June 3, 2008, to a historic time, when an American of mixed race has a better than 50/50 chance of becoming our next president. There is much more work to be done, but now the national Democratic presidential campaign can begin. Old wounds can be healed. Middle class whites, women, and die-hard Clintonites should be and will be invited to join the Obama cause. If he can rally a good number of these people behind him, there's no telling what good can come of it.
Obama will soon meet -- or may have already met -- with AIPAC, the powerful pro-Israel lobby, to lay out his position on US-Israeli relations and his intentions in the Middle East, chiefly regarding Iran. Having been such a pro-Bush lobby in the past, he will have much to prove and much to explain regarding his willingness to meet with Ahmedinejad. But, in all reality, no US president has ever crossed American Jews and will never abandon Israel, so this is essentially a red herring.
This is a time to celebrate -- not only the end of a bitter primary campaign waged by an unscrupulous team of opportunists in the Clinton campaign, but for the battle to come. And unlike King Leonidas, we will all live to see this victory.
"Spartans! Ready your breakfasts, and eat hearty, for tonight we dine in hell!"