So I'm currently trying to figure out the Obama phenomena. I'm not on board yet. I may well be in the future. I'm just not convinced yet.
Obama has talked a lot about change, and moving past partisian politics, yet he's been firmly entrenched on the left for quite some time. I'm not opposed to that at all, but I'm curious why/how he seems to have so successfully identified himself as non-partisian. I'm also curious about his idealism. Until this campaign, I never had the impression Obama was an idealist. He always seemed to be a pragmatist, determining what his priorities were and what he needed to sacrifice in order to get to them. Again, I'm completely ok with this approach; it's what works in politics.
I just don't get why, despite Obama's history, he's being portrayed as a new kind of politician, an idealist who's largely non-partisian, and who wants to change "politics as usual". In the past, he's been a solid leftist, a pragmatist, and he's relied on traditional politicking to get results.
Personally, I'm ok with that. I think those are good traits. So why are people convinced that Obama is something other than what he's been in the past, and why do they want so badly to be convinced of that?
And if Obama gets elected, really, what would change? I guess that's the big question. I've heard the word, but I want to know the substance.
Pull the blindfold down so your eyes can't see
Now run as fast as you can through this field of trees