Let the lowering of expectations begin!
I always enjoy the Left Coaster (especially eRiposte), and here's an interesting -- and distressing -- post from paradox:
As a very concerned Democratic Party constituent and citizen I had a natural expectation [Heh, indeedy!] that the 2008 nomination process would yield tangible policy plans for a number of urgent problems: precise extrication plans from the nightmare in Iraq, specific goals to reach in acquiring universal health care, unambiguous 2020 initiatives to combat global warming, and exact taxation proposals for inequality and deficit reduction start a very long list.
With a ludicrous American political propaganda corps obsessed with hair and preachers, a careful, optimistic Democratic candidate and a 2009 Congressional majority that hasn’t been set yet it’s finally dawned on me[*] that my expectations for the American electoral process remain absurdly high, faith will have to do that policy directions in Iraq, healthcare, global warming and inequality will be aggressively reversed by Senator Obama’s 2009 presidential term.
For now we’ll just have to wait on real details of how to get the country out of the canyon of a ditch we’re in.
Perceiving precise change on a number of big policy issues does not mean real progress will be immediately made on a number of smaller policy issues, however, and their diminutive [!!] nature on the agenda should not mask the enormous amount of good that will happen upon policy change and an Obama presidency. It can be credibly argued that great change over a wide policy swath is impossible, no person or country is capable of it, so the small moves of incremental change are what one should expect.
These are just two small vital acts of change among many that will be initiated in 2009, and of course an Obama presidency means critically important judicial and agency appointive choices that will vastly improve life for Americans in a myriad of small ways. Details of how the big issues facing us are going to be attacked are not clear yet, but it is certain even now that with continued hard work to elect Senator Obama president life for Americans, starting in 2009, will immediately start to get better in a lot of incremental, important ways.
Yes, well. (The creative class threw universal health care overboard a long time ago, so that's no surprise.)
But.... This is what the fervor was all about? Incremental changes? Tell me again why people are still so excited about this guy?
All we can do is hope. Or, translated: Hope is all we can do.
I'm not sure I believe that.
NOTE * Oddly, or not, the nature of the Obama campaign does not appear on this list of causal factors.
NOTE One excellent way for Obama to initiate the process of reconciliation wisely recommended by Paul Krugman would be to give some detail.