25 October 2006


So Barack Obama is going to run for president? Or maybe not. He's too young, too inexperienced. He should stay in the Senate. Or, he's charming and visionary and the perfect anti-Hillary and a wonderful communicator who just happens to be black. He should run.

I don't have a firm opinion. Though when I saw his DNC speech I turned to my wife and said "That man is going to be our next president." So maybe I'm a prophet.

Hilzoy over at Obsidian Wings has a fascinating rundown of what Obama has actually accomplished in two years as a freshman senator in the minority party. I am a little surprised, and if anything it increases my sense that Barack is a guy with real future as a politician, and that I am glad he's on our side. Whether his future is in the Senate or White House I don't know, but based on what we've seen, he seems likely to do a great job wherever he is.

Oh, you should go check out the link, if only to see the little picture in the upper-left of the screen. Hysterical.


  1. Do you get his podcast? I find it a fantastic way to get a glimpse into the workings of the Senate from someone whom I highly respect

  2. When I heard his speech at the convention, I literally wept.

    I'm afraid he's going too early. Also, neither he nor Hillary can or should run as VP. So, I'm concerned about that.

    Unnamed sources tell me he is in fact running for President.

  3. I can't imagine he runs for president. He shouldn't for a variety of reasons, one of which is that he isn't qualified. He *should* be the Dem VP candidate and then spend 4 to 8 years actually getting executive experience.

  4. The other worry I have about him is that while he backs good legislation, he isn't authoring any of it. He also is pretty absent from the Illinois scene. As a contituent of his, I have to say that I've heard from him less than I've heard from any other Illinois politician in a national office.

  5. I think Matt is thinking about VP differently than I am. You're right about experience. But Obama is exciting. VP is not. I think he should stay in the Senate until 2012 or 16. Then run on the top of the ticket as a seasoned superstar. Coming and going out of the spotlight. I think VP would kill his appeal.

  6. But the United States never elects Senators. We elect generals, governors, vice presidents, in that order, I think.

  7. I had the same thought when I heard his speech at the DNC.

    Would love to see him run in 2008. As for experience, he'll get that on the job. For someone as talented as Obama, I don't want to wait...we need him now.


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