Well, first let's have a well deserved cup of tea for
Then, let's just note, in passing, that McCain seems to have totally forgotten about Clinton and, in his newly assumed pose as the inevitable Republican nominee, started attacking Obama directly, e.g. talking about an “eloquent but empty call for change.” On her side, poor Hillary is still trying to find out what did she do wrong...
As for our unstoppable Obama, yesterday, in his victory speech in Houston, Texas, he explained how he responded to critics who asked him at the beginning of this race why did he decide to run now; why not wait a few years more, since he is still a relatively young man (in fact we had that same discussion here in the 1st take of this series). Why? Because, he said, of what Martin Luther King called "The Fierce Urgency of Now"!
Well, I have to say that if I had heard that phrase in a different context, I might have found it somewhat strange. Not in the context of this race though...
Now, let's read the latest from the man himself:
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2008 16:11:00 -0500
To: "Ana Santana"
From: "Barack Obama"
Subject: Major news
We learned something extraordinary since I wrote to you last night.
We've crunched all the numbers and discovered that we are within striking distance of something historic: one million people donating to this campaign.
Think about that ... nearly one million people taking ownership of this movement, five dollars or twenty-five dollars at a time.
We're already more than 900,000 strong, including over half-a-million donating so far this year. This unprecedented foundation of support has built a campaign that has shaken the status quo and proven that ordinary people can compete in a political process too often dominated by special interests.
Unlike Senator Clinton or Senator McCain, we haven't taken a dime from Washington lobbyists or special interest PACs. Our campaign is responsible to no one but the people.
We started this improbable journey a little over a year ago in Springfield, Illinois.
And because you've joined together to make your voices heard, this journey isn't looking as improbable anymore.
Since our victory on February 5th, we've won ten straight contests.
But on March 4th, we face a huge challenge in Texas and Ohio, who will vote along with Rhode Island and Vermont. We are behind in the big states and need as many people involved as possible if we're going to win.
If we can reach our goal of one million donors by March 4th, we can send a powerful message that the Washington establishment and big-money interests cannot ignore.
As one million people with one voice, we can tell them that their days of dominating Washington are coming to an end -- the old politics are crumbling and a new voice is breaking through. Our voice.
I learned the power of ordinary people coming together as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago.
I worked side-by-side with people who had been laid off from steel plants that were moved overseas. These were people who needed new jobs to rebuild their lives, and their political leaders were ignoring them.
But even though the odds were stacked against them, they discovered that by coming together with one voice, they could no longer be ignored.
When we launched this campaign, we knew we were up against similar odds. We knew we'd be running against a massive political machine with deep ties to the Washington establishment.
We knew it wouldn't be easy.
But if we can do this, we're not just going to win an election. We're going to change our country.
Thank you so much,