18 March, 2008

Identity Politics

Powerful words from Andrew Sullivan:

And so we are suspended between the old politics and the new, between a Clinton who believes in her heart that America is not ready and may never be ready for this leap and should therefore adopt a politics that assumes the ineradicability of this gulf and the need to disguise it and play cynical defense - and an Obama who offers all of us a chance to see that sometimes authentic identity requires an element of contradiction, a bridging of the resentful, angry past and a more complex, integrated future.

He may fail; and the Clintons may be proven right. But he may also succeed - and what a mighty success that would be. These things are never easy; and we were lulled perhaps into an illusion that they could be. So now the real struggle starts. And it will not end with an Obama presidency; it ends with a shift from below that makes an Obama presidency possible.

Or to put it in a phrase that is as true as it is wilfully misunderstood: We are the change we have been waiting for. And the waiting is now over.

1 comment:

Elliot said...

Obama is due to give a "major address" on the issue of race today; I'm looking forward to hearing how he handles it and, maybe more importantly, how the press handles it. I think this is a good result of Clinton staying in the race, that Obama is being forced to confront his pastor and Rezko and the like now - and if he can overcome it, I think it will be very difficult to use it against him in the general to any great effect.