Thursday, August 28, 2008

Let's not make a big election about small things.

I need some time to digest Obama's speech, but I have to say this.

This speech was an unprecedented statement of the strength, character, and intelligence of Barack Obama, and a strong contrast with John McCain. The fact that Obama was able to fill a huge football stadium with people for this speech represents a unique moment in American history.

This was one of those historic speeches that will be embedded in the American narrative. Obama has added his voice to "I have a dream" and "Ask not what your country can do for you."

The cynic in me could dissect and pull apart and criticize this and that about the speech, but that would go against the spirit in which the speech was given. It's hard to break through a cynical shell once it's in place. Obama has hammered through a lot of individual shells during this campaign, and tonight he took a sledgehammer to the overall cynicism of American politics.

I think that MLK Jr. would be proud of Barack Obama as an inheritor of his dream.

So, Senator McCain.

Let's dance.