It's an age-old adage that is true in politics as well. Cream rises, and I've noticed lately that Barack Obama has been raising his voice and speaking out on a number of issues in a way that is setting him apart not only from the putzes on the right, but from his fellow Democrats as well. He's doing less campaigning and less "sniping" at opponents, and more speeches and op-ed pieces which expand on his position and views.
His stock is rising, in my estimation, and it's a welcomed change:
With a lengthy interview and a series of stories out today, a speech planned for this afternoon and an Op-ed in a major newspaper, Illinois Senator Barack Obama's voice is rising above the din of the crowded presidential field this morning.
The Associated Press's Nedra Pickler reports from New Hampshire that Mr. Obama "predicted that black voter turnout would swell by at least 30 percent if he wins the presidential nomination." As we reported yesterday, in an interview, he also weighed in on how the "Obama Girl" video was playing with his family. Not particularly well.
And, the A.P.'s Ron Fournier, who caught up with Mr. Obama on the campaign trail in Iowa, notes that the Illinois senator acknowledged that it could be a "stretch" for voters to think of him as president:
"It's a stretch for them because I haven't been on the national scene for long and haven't gone through the conventional paths that we traditionally draw for our presidents, so they've got to stretch a little bit during a period where there's a lot of stuff going on internationally, right?" said the unusually self-aware Obama.
Mr. Obama also wrote an opinion piece today in the Miami Herald "calling for 'unrestricted rights' for Cuban Americans to visit and send money to family in Cuba." The Miami Herald's Beth Reinhard reports that the candidate will make his first visit to the Cuban-American enclave of Little Havana on Saturday.
Much has been made about Obama's relative lack of experience.
If 'experience' gets us the decision-making qualities of a Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney, maybe instead of 'experience' what we need is the kind of clear thinking and articulation of a new direction that Obama now seems to be offering.
In a crowded field of politicians, Obama is rising above it all. Win or lose, it's an important change I hope we see more of as we approach the elections.
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