Senator Barack Obama won the Democratic nomination yesterday. In his campaign he consistently took the high road, refusing to launch attacks on the character and associations of his opponent. He consistently spoke to an electorate seeking a way out from the disasters of the Bush administration, and won their confidence against a mass media that never took him seriously until he had become a clear front runner, a mass media which still refuses to examine the coalescing of social forces that made his nomination possible.
This will be a watershed campaign in U.S. history whatever happens and the only way to win the decisive victory that is necessary will be to, in the words of an old revolutionary slogan."unite the many, defeat the few," not fall into the traps about pastors and priests, into quibbles about Obama's positions on this and that, but to focus on what the Republican Party is and what it has done, what John McCain really is and what he has done, and what a continuation of Republican rule will mean for the American people and, given the U.S. role in world affairs, the people of the world. Change We Can Believe in is Obama's slogan. Change we will win should be on the tip of every progressive activists tongue as we go forward to bring the campaign to the people, to defeat the forces of conservatism and reaction.