Presidential elections are not usually marked by anniversaries. The political calendar turns on power, its seasons crisply measured by who is in charge. One hundred days since inauguration, four years until term limits come due--these are the conventional units of political time. It is evidently different, however, for this very different president.Howie P.S.: No offense Ari , but I think your last sentence is your most interesting one.
Even as the results from actual, live campaigns in Virginia and New Jersey roll in, the political and media establishment is fixated on the anniversary of Obama's election. The conversation is partly fueled by predictable commercialism, to be sure, as everyone from HBO to Obama's former campaign manager are selling well-timed ruminations on 2008. However, it is also fitting, and even potentially constructive, to appraise the nascent Obama era by explicit campaign standards.Of course, the next election "anniversary" falls on the midterm elections, when Republicans will have to decide whether they are running against Obama because he is doing much of what he promised, or because he has not done enough of what he promised.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Ari Melber: (Obama) "Promises Kept and Broken, One Year Later"
Ari Melber (The Nation):