Thursday, April 10, 2008

Democratic campaign news

Barack Obama won several key endorsements this week. Utah Democratic Party Chair Wayne Holland endorsed Obama. (Holland is a superdelegate.) The Postal Workers union (APWU) endorsed Obama, citing their support for his message and for inspiring old and new voters. (A total of 10 unions with about 6 million members have done so, so far.) The Portland (Oregon) Tribune (that state's primary is just around the corner) endorsed Obama, describing him as "transformative" and the best at energizing new voters to be part of the process. The Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette also backed Obama this week saying that it hoped West Virginia voters would support "the brilliant, inspiring, eloquent frontrunner" Barack Obama.

1 comment:

Harold said...

I've been supportive yet skeptical of Barack Obama and his seemingly progressive campaign, because despite his rhetoric to the contrary, Obama is after all another corporate democrat.

But if he thinks he can ride into office on a platform of change and then resort to bourgeois politics as usual, he may be in for a rude awakening if he does indeed win the presidency. What impresses me about his campaign is that he is empowering masses of people to get involved in the political process. So if he is under the impression that once people see the (potential) real Obama playing politics as a business game, they will dismiss him as another lying politician and then settle back into their old routines of complacency, I think he is very much mistaken. The people that his campaign has empowered should hold onto the realization that this is supposed to be a democracy, and that whether nor not their "fearless leader" is what he was supposed to be, the people have actually say in how their country is run.

The hope is that the people will stay involved in their government, and I think this is a legitimate concern for whoever does eventually get elected. So even if Obama doesn't win, there are people who will retain his campaign's message and remain politically engaged.