POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Noonan (WSJ): the case for Barack Obama

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 31, 2008

Peggy Noonan writes in today’s Wall Street Journal …

  • Barack Obama has within him the possibility to change the direction and tone of American foreign policy, which need changing;
  • his rise will serve as a practical rebuke to the past five years, which need rebuking;
  • his victory would provide a fresh start in a nation in which a fresh start would come as a national relief.
  • He climbed steep stairs, born off the continent with no father to guide, a dreamy, abandoning mother, mixed race, no connections.
  • He is steady, calm, and, in terms of the execution of his political ascent, still the primary and almost only area in which his executive abilities can be discerned, he shows good judgment in terms of whom to hire and consult, what steps to take and moves to make.
  • We witnessed from him this year something unique in American politics: He took down a political machine without raising his voice.

Read the entire column at … http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122539802263585317.html

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