By Bernie Quigley for The Free Market News Network on 1/9/08
Hillary wins NH: America is descending to politics of the heart rather than the head; the politics of families rather than parties; the politics of personality cult; the return to generational tribe and monarch and the abandonment of commonweal and republic - that which you would expect in Spain under Franco, in Pakistan under Bhutto, in Argentina with Fernandez and today in America under Bush or Clinton.
A constant problem here in
If you took away those southern counties which I have said should be renamed North Massachusetts (or maybe North South Boston), Obama would have won (the real)
I voted at 8 am for Obama and all morning there were calls and calls and visits to the door - all supporting Obama. The crowds were overwhelming to see Obama - (and as the Washington Post reported, they walked out on the Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love, who brought the Big Hair to the same building in Hanover).
If an African-American from
But frankly, Iowa's heartland farmers seem to be less afraid of a black man from Chicago than my cousins at the bottom of New Hampshire holding signs saying "Irish for McCain" and what not all over national television these past few days.
This is the politics of Fear and Anti-Hope (which is right to the edge of Panic and Despair), and Clinton, who calls Obama’s hopeful visions “unrealistic expectations” is certainly its avatar. It is a celebration of no-can-do
This quote from my local newspaper this morning by an excellent political reporter, John P. Gregg, gets to the point:
"Sullivan County (bottom of the state - bq) County Treasurer Cynthia Sweeney, who is in her mid-60s, said she voted for Clinton in part because the youthful Obama ‘scares the daylights of me’ and reminded her of ‘those same young Turks’ (Islamic slur? - bq) Sweeney blamed for the decline of her former employer . . . . ‘It's the attitude of we know, we can do it better, get out of our way and let us do it.' said Sweeney . . ."
I was raised up here with South Boston people but spend half of my life in
I'm feeling two things at this point:
One: The South is still a rising boat and rising boats don't express this cautionary tale we saw from
I am looking forward to
There is also rapidly growing up here in NH and I think everywhere a stark generational turning; a contrast between Bill Clinton - he no longer draws crowds - and Obama (they faint). As reporter Gregg said in his article, we actually LOVE Obama and Michelle now in the northern valleys. I think that is correct (in the mountains but not in the southern cities). The Clinton supporters up here yesterday all use the same phrasing - I heard this again and again on the C Span reports - they want to bring back the past because, it was " . . . better then." So this struggle between Clinton and Obama is a struggle between the past and the future and it cannot be seen any other way. As always, the engine of that struggle is generational conflict. Earth to
Second Thought: Mike Bloomberg, who appeared with former Senator Sam Nunn of
When Obama hatched in
Bloomberg is all about being the anti-thesis to Billary's Politics without Passion – a weird political aberration spawned from rapid and uniform post-war birth rates and the subsequent inevitable demographics - which John Kenneth Galbraith called a “Culture of Contentment.” And he is from the same neighborhood as my Irish cousins in
Yesterday afternoon, when we were voting up here in New Hampshire and listening to the Silver Tongued Devils cautioning us to go forward without hope and rely on the sure ways of the past, Californians were listen to their dynamic Governor give his State of the State speech.
“Sometimes you have to be daring because the need is so great,” said the Governator.
If Obama is elected he might first hire Bloomberg and Arnold. They are all three on the same page and live in the same millennium. If Bloomberg is elected he might first hire Obama and Arnold. Such a grouping would satisfy the “post partisan” vision and leave the pessimists in the dust.