My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world. Jack Layton
If you have a spare day or two during the next few months, & Barack Obama swings by Detroit or the bitter denizens of upstate New York (Russert's hometown of Buffalo, maybe), I highly recommend swinging by one of his rallies.Not so much for the speech -- I imagine we'll have them memorized by then -- but to watch the crowd.It's a powerful experience. (In fact, you can date my anti-Obama feelings from my attendance at his Boston pre-Super Tuesday rally. Which I hadn't felt earlier.)Whether he wins or not, it's a campaign that will go down in history (and spawn many, many books).
I would love to do that. This could turn into Trudeau 1968. I still remember that. Reason went out the window, it was pure charisma, all the way.
Among his supporters, there is a Trudeau-style effect, yes. (Krauthammer called that one early.)The issue will be, does that translate to the general electorate this fall?I fully expect there to be 100k+ rallies in college football stadiums before we're done in November, but that doesn't necessarily mean he's winning the rest of 'em.Will be interesting to watch.