The Road To 44

How did Obama do it? I bet you there will be books still being published that describe the ins and outs of this marathon election season long after the principals and voters have shuffled off this mortal coil. Chief credit, in my mind, must go to Bush, our Wrecker-In-Chief for the past eight years. You sir, deserve thanks for creating the perfect shitstorm that forced Americans to collectively look beyond the fog of media, reach deep into their wallets and find - nothing - thereby allowing our desire for economic security and general competence to overpower centuries of cultural and racial divisions, if only for a moment. That's right - Obama may well be Dubya's greatest legacy to the nation.

As The Onion put it:

Nation Finally Shitty Enough To Make Social Progress

WASHINGTON—After emerging victorious from one of the most pivotal elections in history, president-elect Barack Obama will assume the role of commander in chief on Jan. 20, shattering a racial barrier the United States is, at long last, shitty enough to overcome.

As for how Obama actually ran his campaign, there are several great articles making the rounds now:

  • Obama's Brain Trust: Rolling Stone talks about how Obama first put together his team.
  • Battle Plans: Ryan Lizza, from the New Yorker, details Obama's strategy for winning.
  • How He Did It: apparently, Newsweek had a dedicated team of reporters embedded in both campaigns during the entire election cycle. This team was not allowed to publish or share anything until the elections had passed. This is their coverage.

Finally, a joke from Al Giordano to round out this post:

One sunny day in late January, 2009 an old man approached the White House from Across Pennsylvania Avenue, where he'd been sitting on a park bench.

He spoke to the U.S. Marine standing guard and said, "I would like to go in and meet with President Bush."

The Marine looked at the man and said, "Sir, Mr. Bush is no longer president and no longer resides here."

The old man said, "Okay", and walked away.'

The following day, the same man approached the White House and said to the same Marine, "I would like to go in and meet with President Bush."

The Marine again told the man, "Sir, as I said yesterday, Mr. Bush is no longer president and no longer resides here."

The man thanked him and, again, just walked away.

The third day, the same man approached the White House and spoke to the very same U.S. Marine, saying "I would like to go in and meet with President Bush."

The Marine, understandably agitated at this point, looked at the man and said, "Sir, this is the third day in a row you have been here asking to speak to Mr. Bush. I've told you already that Mr. Bush is no longer the president and no longer resides here. Don't you understand?"

The old man looked at the Marine and said, "Oh, I understand. I just love hearing it."

The Marine snapped to attention, saluted, and said, "See you tomorrow, Sir."


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- November 16, 2008 4:00 PM // Politics