Boondoggle

One blogger’s personal bridge to nowhere

Politics will be politics

I agree that Barack Obama faces a stiff challenge living up to lofty expectations — and that it will be vitally important to secure concrete achievements early while in office — but I can’t pin all my hopes on changing politics entirely on him, as does Peter Singer.

This is the chance of a lifetime to break through the cynicism that has pervaded American politics for decades. But if Obama fails to make good on his promise of change, it will be decades before the electorate again places its trust in a candidate who claims to be different from the usual run of politicians.

Yes, the world has changed.  But politics probably will not.  There will always be cynics, and there will always candidates who “claim[] to be different” from other politicians.”  Obama is not just one of those; he is something more.  This makes the standards for him perhaps even higher, but it also makes them different.  If you really aren’t a run-of-the-mill politician, then you don’t even really operate within the mill, so to speak.

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November 5, 2008 - Posted by | U.S. politics |

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