Almost all the talk about the 2008 presidential election is about the horse race: Who’s up? Who’s down? Can Hillary hold her lead? Can a pro-choice, pro-gay-rights candidate like Rudy Giuliani outrun a hawkish maverick like John McCain?
It’s a sport. It’s fun. Why spoil it by being too serious?
Senator Barack Obama, in his speech in Illinois Saturday formally launching his presidential bid, gave us an excellent reason for being serious:
Ladies and gentlemen, there’s a war on.
Senator Obama’s capacity for leadership will be tested in large part by whether he can get the country to rally around his crucial point — that all further progress on important issues here at home depends on whether we can find the will to extricate ourselves from Iraq.
Monday, February 12, 2007
"Until the War Ends ..."
Bob Herbert in the NY Times (behind the $$ wall):