I think the manner of Barack Obama’s win is pretty impressive. I can’t be the only one who was a bit inclined toward a cynical roll of the eyes at the idea of winning on the back of unprecedented turnout, mobilizing new voters, brining in young people, etc. That sounds like the kind of thing that people say they’re going to do but never deliver on. But he did deliver. That’s impressive.
Earlier today, an Obama supporter reminded me of this old Chicago Reader profile of Obama from back in the mid-1990s as proof of his progressive bona fides. It’s certainly an article that makes you feel good about this guy being elected President of the United States. What’s more, it’s a reminder that tonight’s victory for organizing and mobilization was spearheaded by a former community organizer; he’s a guy who believes in the power of mobilizing new people and brining new people into the process. In Iowa, it’s worked very well for him, and it’s pretty thrilling to think about what could be accomplished with that kind of energy nationwide.