Time Magazine: Why Barack Obama Is Winning

Barack Obama, courtesy of Time Magazine
Callie Shell / Aurora for TIME

Joe Klein of Time Magazine has written a fantastic article about the Obama campaign, and gives some really good insight as to why he is, so far, winning. It’s a great read and I wanted to share it with you.

Excerpt:

General David Petraeus deployed overwhelming force when he briefed Barack Obama and two other Senators in Baghdad last July. He knew Obama favored a 16-month timetable for the withdrawal of most U.S. troops from Iraq, and he wanted to make the strongest possible case against it. And so, after he had presented an array of maps and charts and PowerPoint slides describing the current situation on the ground in great detail, Petraeus closed with a vigorous plea for “maximum flexibility” going forward. Obama had a choice at that moment. He could thank Petraeus for the briefing and promise to take his views “under advisement.” Or he could tell Petraeus what he really thought, a potentially contentious course of action — especially with a general not used to being confronted. Obama chose to speak his mind. “You know, if I were in your shoes, I would be making the exact same argument,” he began. “Your job is to succeed in Iraq on as favorable terms as we can get. But my job as a potential Commander in Chief is to view your counsel and interests through the prism of our overall national security.” Obama talked about the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, the financial costs of the occupation of Iraq, the stress it was putting on the military.

A “spirited” conversation ensued, one person who was in the room told me. “It wasn’t a perfunctory recitation of talking points. They were arguing their respective positions, in a respectful way.” The other two Senators — Chuck Hagel and Jack Reed — told Petraeus they agreed with Obama. According to both Obama and Petraeus, the meeting — which lasted twice as long as the usual congressional briefing — ended agreeably. Petraeus said he understood that Obama’s perspective was, necessarily, going to be more strategic. Obama said that the timetable obviously would have to be flexible. But the Senator from Illinois had laid down his marker: if elected President, he would be in charge. Unlike George W. Bush, who had given Petraeus complete authority over the war — an unprecedented abdication of presidential responsibility (and unlike John McCain, whose hero worship of Petraeus bordered on the unseemly) — Obama would insist on a rigorous chain of command. …

Full article at Time.com

Craig Ferguson: If You Don't Vote, You're A MORON!

On Wednesday night, I watched David Letterman interview Barack Obama, and yes, I was very pleased with how the interview went.  He addressed the “Lipstick” controversy, and even outlined a lot of things in much better detail.  It was a great interview.

After the show, Craig Ferguson’s “Late Late Show” came on.  I usually don’t watch his show, because, quite frankly, Ferguson kind of annoyed me.  But last night he changed my mind. He was ON FIRE, and what he said needs to be heard by a HELL of a lot more people.

Ferguson just became an American citizen, and will be voting in his first election this year.  So you can imagine how seriously he is taking this election.  If you can’t imagine it, watch this clip, courtesy of CBS.

He has a damn good point.

“If you don’t vote, you’re a moron. ‘Not voting is a vote,’ – no it isn’t!! Not voting is just being stupid. Voting is not sexy. Voting is not hip. It is not fashionable. It is not a movie. It is not a videogame. Frankly, voting is a pain in the ass. But here is a word, look it up, it’s your duty to vote!”

After the break, Ferguson went on with the voting ‘rant’ – and hit yet another home run.

Yeah… my approval rating for Mr. Ferguson shot up considerably last night.