Wednesday, July 28, 2004

A Star is Born

Scanning through Blogosphere, it looks like Barack Obama's speech at the Democratic Party convention has gone down a storm, and not just because of some "he's so articulate for a colored man" nonsense either. I'm glad to hear this, and even though Obama's politics are unlikely to be my own where economic matters are concerned, I think his ascension into the US Senate will be a very positive development - at last there'll be a black leader* in the very highest political ranks who's not only been actually elected to the post he holds, but is also not to be dismissed as a clown, an ignoramus, or a racist paranoid. More power to you, Mr. Obama.

NB - Historically speaking, Obama won't be the first black person to be elected to the US Senate, of course; that happened as long ago as the Reconstructionist era, before Ulysses Grant made his deal with Southern whites at the expense of black voters. It's just occurred to me that Carol Moseley Braun was also a senator, but then again, this was the money-hungry, dishonest creature who kissed up to General Sani Abacha, so she doesn't really count in my eyes anyway.

POSTSCRIPT: Here's an interesting post by Fabio Rojas in which he discusses Obama's candidature and what it means for black politicians in America. Unfortunately, the TNR article he links to is for subscribers only, or I'd have linked directly to that instead (someone ought to tell the TNR folks that only financial periodicals like the Economist or the Wall Street Journal can get away with that sort of thing nowadays).

*Notice that I use the term leader without the scare quotes in this instance, as distinct from "leaders" like Farrakhan, Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.