Winning the victory

My title is a bit weird no?

The internets are abuzz with commentary on Obama’s victory and, like in everything, there is a lot of politics being played out in this commentary.

A lot of conservatives are out there trying to downplay Obama’s success. Expect to hear a lot of “it wasn’t really a whitewash” or “he only won because of the economy” or “because he is black” (I’m looking at you Janet Albrechtsen and you sure as hell are not getting a link) or any number of variations on these themes.

At first glance this is just bitterness. It isn’t. The conservative movement is trying very hard to cut down Obama’s mandate for change.

The Republicans have an obvious reason for doing this. They are wounded badly and are fighting to keep any shred of political capital that they have left. However, I’m sure that we will see the Obama victory downplayed by many around the globe as those who have benefited from the tactics and issues championed by American conservatives over the last 20 to 30 years try to halt the progressive forces that have been unleashed by the Obama campaign.

Make no mistake. Obama’s victory is a huge event. Please don’t forget this in the coming days, weeks, and months!

Obama has won by a huge margin and in the process his campaign has overturned may of the myths of modern politics. Think on this, an African American has been elected President. What’s more, he is a liberal who has had to suffer from race-baiting and red-baiting throught that campaign. He still won, and he stuck to the issues. That is huge. It is a lesson that should be learnt the world over.

The Obama campaign won partially off the back of “new media” support. Obama’s rise gained momentum from his popularity on the web. His campaign’s ability to harness new technology as a tool for getting their message out has been a major contributing factor to their success. It has helped them to respond to attacks faster, to craft the message in the MSM and also to harness support both in terms of votes and funds. This is a huge lesson that cannot be emphasized enough. They have established a new model for campaigning which many in political circles will be envious of.

I wonder how many of Europe’s leaders will head the lessons of the Obama campaign? Here in the UK politics is still driven by memes that are established in the MSM. People here still don’t seem to have realized that the Government and the MSM can be challenged, and even driven, via pressure from a solid netroots movement.

Finally, and my words really fail me here, I’m so happy that I was able to witness yesterday’s victory. It gave me so much hope that the world can actually be changed for the better and that so much of the negative politics that I have grown up to accept as “fact” is really nothing of the sort.

Here is Obama’s victory speech for those who haven’t yet heard it. It is really something special…


Crap, I don’t know whether this is sad or funny but it is probably true

Well, it’s my third post on this blog and I’m already beginning to clap on about TeH Crusades. I’ve avoided talking about the Iraq war of late but I guess following the US primaries has got me in the mood.

This cracker of a comment by Nabs over at LP succinctly points out that Saddam could probably have been bought off for a fraction of the cost of the Iraq war:

Give me just 10% of the close to one trillion bucks blown on Iraq so far and I could calmly, reasonably peacefully and most entertainingly subvert and collapse any regime on the planet. Soviet Russia imploded for less.

Shit, the going rate for a Western MP, Congressman or Senator is still under six figures. Of course you’d hafta purchase more than one – and for a maximum leader like Saddam or any current or future POTUS, you’re getting into billions. But still, in terms of blood and treasure and civic health, just buying the pricks off and/or buying their countries out from under them will still cost far less than fucked up, open-ended expeditionary escapades like the Boer Wars, Vietnam or Iraq.

As shrewd leaders like Palmerston, Clive of India, Jefferson and Jack Welch realised, it’s cheaper in the long run to just buy your bloody empires. You just stage a few small battles as window-dressing to let the stakeholders feel some glorious blood was spilt.

Sadly I think Nabs is probably right.