A Historic Victory

Last night, a revolution burst forth from Iowa, sweeping across the nation and the world. Wake up, America, to a beautiful morning. Barack Obama continued to defy political gravity, cruising to a healthy victory while bringing in thousands of new voters, exceeding even the most optimistic turnout projections. His crisp message of change resonated with the disillusioned electorate, placing their hopes and dreams with the senator from Illinois. Now barreling forward like a freight train, the movement led by a masterful orator has left its indelible mark on history’s tomes.

Obama’s poignant, uplifting speech from yesterday:

David Brooks writes:

This is a huge moment. It’s one of those times when a movement that seemed ethereal and idealistic became a reality and took on political substance.

Iowa won’t settle the race, but the rest of the primary season is going to be colored by the glow of this result. Whatever their political affiliations, Americans are going to feel good about the Obama victory, which is a story of youth, possibility and unity through diversity — the primordial themes of the American experience.

And Ezra Klein gushes:

Obama’s finest speeches do not excite. They do not inform. They don’t even really inspire. They elevate. They enmesh you in a grander moment, as if history has stopped flowing passively by, and, just for an instant, contracted around you, made you aware of its presence, and your role in it. He is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over flesh, over color, over despair. The other great leaders I’ve heard guide us towards a better politics, but Obama is, at his best, able to call us back to our highest selves, to the place where America exists as a glittering ideal, and where we, its honored inhabitants, seem capable of achieving it, and thus of sharing in its meaning and transcendence.

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