Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday... Hillary on My Mind Again

I've spent a lot of time this evening trying to wrap my mind around the rumors about Hillary Clinton being offered the job of Secretary of State. I worry about her towing the line on Obama's foreign policy, I worry about Bill's role, I... I just worry. It's probably just residual worry from the election cycle, but I can't help it.

Anyway, I sought out Andrew Sullivan's blog for guidance, and he didn't disappoint.

"I defer to Marc's reporting. But this idea just resonates with me as classic Obama. I don't think Clinton as secretary of state would be mere symbolism. And I think it's a brilliant way to coopt her without in any way demeaning her. More to the point: Dick Morris is furious and Drudge is trying to wish the story away. That tells you what smart politics this would be. The more I think about it, the more I support it. She did her duty this fall. And she is the kind of toughie who could be a real Iron Lady type with the Russians and Iranians. That global presence would be a better prep for a future presidential run (yes, I'll jump off that bridge when we get to it) and help separate her from her hubby. And if she turns Obama down, her leverage against him is weakened anyway. He did his best. Due diligence, and all that.
But I don't think it's a head-fake. And I think she may say yes."
- Andrew Sullivan

I'll see you all back here next week, I hope. I plan on getting back to the art posting.

Anj

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tuesday... Living in America

That, my friends (tip of the hat to McCain there), was quite a night. Most of my hopes were riding on Obama, and he delivered in more ways than one. Watching a smart, confident man address the nation last night as our leader was so breathtaking. Forget about the racial issues, forget about red vs. blue- we have a president who is strong, calm, and smart as hell. Feels good. I feel like my country and I are back on the same page.

As I've mentioned here before, I had a lot more riding on the results of last night's elections than the presidential race. I had friends and relatives running for Kansas offices. That went well, but not perfectly. My good friends Tony Brown and Tom Holland won state rep and state senate seats, respectively. Unfortunately, my uncle narrowly lost his bid to go back to the state house. My uncle is a republican, and I guess he got swept away in the democratic wave. It's really a shame. He's such a good man, and he would have been such a positive force for education in our state.

On a personal level, there was a local issue I was very involved in- a school bond issue. Early returns didn't look good, but it did pass by 300 votes (of about 4000 cast). Despite Obama's great night, the bond passing was the most emotional moment for me. When we got the word, I hugged my wife and all the bond supporters around me as I teared up. I'm really proud of my community. We had a lot of things working against us: the economy, the fact that we put the bond out there on a presidential election day. Still, our town saw the value for kids, and did the right thing.

I'll be back soon with nonsense about comic art or tv shows, or movies, or whatever.

Best,
Anj

PS- Huge props to Nate Silver at fivethirtyeight.com. We was my life raft when I got depressed about the presidential election, and he nailed it. I shoulda had complete faith in Nate the whole time... would have saved me a lot of stress!