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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Steady as the Sun

posted by on October 18 at 9:50 AM


The Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post all praised Obama’s handling of the grueling presidential campaign…

“The excitement of Obama’s early campaign was amplified by that newness,” wrote the Times, which hasn’t endorsed a presidential candidate since 1972. “But as the presidential race draws to its conclusion, it is Obama’s character and temperament that come to the fore. It is his steadiness. His maturity. These are qualities American leadership has sorely lacked for close to a decade.”

Obama’s current strength is not, as many believe, drawn directly from America’s current economic weakness. It has more to do with the market’s terrifying instability. Last Monday, Wall Street skyrocketed an historic 900 points; on Wednesday, it plunged an historic 800 points. The market is simply hysterical; all of its operating registers are pushed up to the operatic. This situation is impossible because it has no future in it—no distance, direction, horizon. The only type of time that exists in the present market is the pure present of panic or intoxication. And what the general will (or the public—or “phantom public”) more and more longs for is a situation that is constant and steady. It is this that Obama precisely symbolizes. What we saw in the three debates was a person who gradually (not suddenly, not unexpectedly, not erratically) improved and never lost his sense of direction. We saw in Obama how a natural or normal temporal course could be restored, by way of his political steadiness, to our future-bankrupt, present-imprisoned economy.

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I've always felt that Obama, whose centrist politics hardly match my own, stood out best in comparison to the undisciplined, poorly-led and disorganized campaigns of Hillary Clinton and John McCain. It's really what he's done during the last two years that shows how qualified he is.

Maybe some think running a presidential campaign isn't much, but if it's so easy, how come his rivals couldn't handle it?

Posted by elenchos | October 18, 2008 10:24 AM

Would Obama say "a historic" or "an historic"? 'Cuz that could be a dealbreaker for me.

Posted by Ryan | October 18, 2008 12:43 PM

The last time the LA Times endorsed was in 1972 - even I don't remember that.

And the last time the conservative Chicago paper endorsed a Dem was .... man, that's so long ago I think Sen McCain was hanging out with his zoot suit before the Great Depression.

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 18, 2008 1:27 PM

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