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

Yup, still the same…

I’ve taken a few of these quizzes lately and the results continue to come out the same.  I’ve studied everyone thoroughly.  And I’m not done yet. 

Incidentally, I didn’t get to vote on “Super Tuesday” because my sister had her babies that day.  So while I’m not happy about that, I am still paying close attention to what’s going on out there.  It’s going to be exciting, and stressful.  I just hope we all can agree upon the person that gets the nomination when it happens.

79% Barack Obama
78% Bill Richardson
76% John Edwards
75% Hillary Clinton
74% Chris Dodd
72% Joe Biden
72% Mike Gravel
68% Dennis Kucinich
47% Rudy Giuliani
41% John McCain
36% Mitt Romney
33% Mike Huckabee
30% Tom Tancredo
29% Ron Paul
24% Fred Thompson

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