Change, in policy, is one thing all the Democratic candidates agree on. But there needs to be a change in more than health care, energy, and foreign policies. The way policy, and debate, is formed in Washington needs to change. The politics need to be changed. The team politics of "you're either with us or against us" needs to be replaced with a "what's best for the Country", "greater good" politics. It may seem like a pipe dream now, and this blog would certainly have to change with it, but it is a memo that the Clintons have not yet gotten. Senator Hillary Clinton left South Carolina to the ex president of the United States to campaign in. Bill Clinton is not running for president. Let me repeat that. Bill Clinton is not running for President. We do not elect Couples to run the United States as co-presidents. We elect one American to lead the Executive Branch as president. Former president Bill Clinton has been more active in the politics of this election than any other president has been in an election that is not their own. More than bushie's daddy did in 2000 or 2004. The former president is negative, he is red faced, and he has gotten nasty. His caustic involvement in partisan politics is not completely unlike the current sitting failure bringing partisan politics into every corner of his governance. Don't misunderstand me. I think Senator Clinton would differ in (non-corporate) policy from the monstrosity we have in the White House right now, but her politics are down right rovian. This election is about which candidate will help to bring about a real change in American governance. Recently on Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow said this about the three leading Democratic candidates and "change":
"And I think that Obama and Clinton and Edwards are actually identifying what needs to be changed in three really different ways. I think Hillary Clinton is saying the Republicans and Bush need to be out and Democrats need to be in. I think John Edwards is saying the special interests and the lobbyists need to be out and the people need to be in, in the populist way. And I think that Barack Obama is saying that he needs to be in because he can transcend the differences across the political divide right now."
Talk of transcending the political divide does not have to mean dropping to your knees and giving in to the other side, like say the Democratic Congress has done for anything they've met opposition to. To be fair that too may be beginning to change with leaders like Senators Dodd and Feinstein, who recently filibustered of the FISA bill. They filibustered the FISA bill, to be voted on again later, because they don't want to let communication corporations off the hook for giving the private information of US citizens to the US government so they could illegally spy on their citizenry. No one person, no matter how high the office, will be able to bring about the change needed on their own, but who gives us the best start or angle on changing the discourse in a positive way.
I leave you with a couple of quotes from members of the Democrats' "Royal Family". And Senator Barack Obama's victory speech in South Carolina.
I want a president who understands that his responsibility is to articulate a vision and encourage others to achieve it; who holds himself, and those around him, to the highest ethical standards; who appeals to the hopes of those who still believe in the American Dream, and those around the world who still believe in the American ideal; and who can lift our spirits, and make us believe again that our country needs every one of us to get involved.
I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president — not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans.
-Caroline Kennedy on Barack Obama from the NY Times 1/27/8.
"There was another time, when another young candidate was running for president and challenging America to cross a new frontier. He faced criticism from the preceding Democratic president, who was widely respected in the party," , referring to Harry Truman.
"And John Kennedy replied, 'The world is changing. The old ways will not do. ... It is time for a new generation of leadership.
"So it is with Barack Obama,"