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A very perceptive comment.  I think how Obama governs will be almost as important as what his actual policy changes.  The paradigm within which US politics is played has to change, not just the pecking order within it.

See How Obama won for an interesting take on Obama's organisation and ego.  Of course he will eventually be found to have feet of clay, like everyone else.  But it is the manner of doing politics, of building society, of engaging people's hopes and dreams which can endure.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Nov 10th, 2008 at 06:42:16 AM EST
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It might just be that he knows he has feet of clay, which would make for a refreshing change.

A couple of years as President will screw him up anyway: I don't believe it's possible to stay grounded in reality to the end of the first term, never mind the second term.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Nov 10th, 2008 at 06:44:20 AM EST
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Which is why we need a paradigmatic shift, not just a change to more competent personnel, and what he leaves behind him is more important than what happens to Obama himself.  The last two such changes were the Civil rights movement of the 1960's and the Reagan revolution of the 1980's.  Before that we had FDR/new deal. Pradigmatic shifts change the frame of reference of the entire polity - forcing even the GOP to completely change track.  

Perhaps stuff like abortion, gays, and assualt weapons in private hands will finanaly be taken off the table and cease to exist as mainstream political issues - or wedge issues used to contra-distinguish major Presidential candidates and parties.  Perhaps the issue will become not regulation/deregulation, but what kind of regulation.  Perhaps the notion of invading a country because you don't like it's regime will come to be seen as absurd.

We can live in hope, but we must also watch and see whether real change is intended.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Nov 10th, 2008 at 07:07:24 AM EST
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I, of course, fear that you are right.  But would we both not be pleased to be proven wrong?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Nov 10th, 2008 at 12:15:59 PM EST
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