February 24, 2008

Si Se Puede

I saw Joe Trippi speak at a New Democrat Network event this last week, and he said that, win or lose (and we can all see the writing on the wall,) the Clinton campaign would be the last top down campaign in Democratic presidential politics. He said more or less that the model the Dean campaign started in 2004 has matured, and it's going to be about movement politics from now on.

Take a look at this video and you can't tell me he's wrong ...

Also, with Democrats capturing 3/4 of the Hispanic vote this year, it'll be hard to characterize the new trend of popular enthusiasm for Democratic politics as being an affectation of overbored white kids. The rising Hispanic population is a fact of political life and it looks good for the Democrats.

Posted by natasha at February 24, 2008 10:05 AM | US Politics | Technorati links |

Obama was not my first choice. Or even my second or third choice. He's a far cry from the brave Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. But damn if that video doesn't get me right in the heart. It has me singing right along.

Hopefully movement politics will also aid in holding our politicians feet to the fire once they're in office.

Posted by: sj at February 25, 2008 08:31 PM

Obama is a military interventionist. He doesn't stand for peace in the isolationist or pacifist senses, but I think that, depending on who his staff are, he'll make less stupid decisions about the wars he does get the US involved in.

sj, that's what I'm expecting. There's a lot of work to do to achieve that, though. Taking a close look at Obama's team's views and past actions and who'll likely get what position would be a start.

Posted by: me at February 29, 2008 04:26 AM