Monday, January 28, 2008
The Kennedy factor
That may be the theory behind not one, not two but three Kennedys backing Obama.
Jonathan Cohn makes the case that this could have a significant impact.
Ted Kennedy's enthusiasm for Obama highlights one of the most unusual and interesting features of his candidacy - Obama's ability to combine what appears to be an almost impeccably liberal record with a strong emphasis on reaching out and bipartisan unity.
There is a potential 'Blair factor' here: if everybody can project their own image of what they believes the candidate stands for, it is very difficult to avoid disappoinment. Yet could it also prove a powerful strategy to unlock change in a polarised system?
On that theme. Ezra Klein has an excellent op-ed against unity, and for division in yesterday's LA Times.
As the Washington clocks strike twelve on 20th January 2009, listen carefully and you might just hear a swooshing sigh of relief travel around the world. The Bush Presidency will not leave the legacy its architects intended. But a critique of what should have been done differently since 2001 is not enough. This blog is about the new ideas which can create a 'new multilateralism' to tackle the global challenges we face.