The more things change the more they remain the same.
A very well run campaign indeed. Tremendous, in fact. Does that translate into anything else? Who knows?
Obama’s campaign had to be one of the best run large-scale marketing campaigns ever. Ever.
It will be interesting to see what happens next. Let’s be “hopeful”, but let’s not fool ourselves. They’re all politicians after all.
One thing that is hopefully indicative of how someone operates is that Obama seemed to surround himself with the right people and let them to their job. This is a very good trait to have in any situation. It’s nice being a great public speaker, charismatic, calm and cool and all, but if you don’t surround yourself with the right people (and let them do their work), it’s all for not.
Change? If nothing, hopefully it’s a change in attitude and change in perception.
It’s almost easy to care one day every four (US) or five (Canadian) years. But do we have a way of keeping the government honest along the way? Some form of accountability that’s is not yet another full fledged election. Can you imagine if during a campaign there was a neutral committee that fines a party for each false claim they make? Carry this into their term, and actually somehow holds a party accountable for their campaign promises?
I do have to say, the Americans have impressed me. This is the same country that let Bush be president for two terms, and clearly elected him for one (the second) term. And despite the smear campaign run by the Republicans, they still elected Obama.
Muslim. Arab. Pals around with terrorists. Socialist. Marxist.
And still, they elected him. Thank you for showing politicians that smear campaigns are awful, and they should not work.