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Obama’s “movement” moves closer to nomination

I can sort of understand a bit Impolitical’s ….. er.. grumpiness.. over hearing the same Barack Obama stump speech over and over again with only slight variations in it. Clinton’s supporters down south and around here (a fair # of Liberals have gone down south recently to help Hillary’s campaign) would tell you the same thing and then some – to the point of derision and outright hostility.

I guess when you’ve got a buzz around you, people want to hear the speech they’ve heard on TV in person. We also have to remember that 40-50 years ago (even 20 years ago) the proliferation of 24 hr cable tv and high-speed internet did not show the same repetitive speeches over and over again. I doubt Obama is doing much different then say, JFK did. The difference was people in California wouldn’t have heard JFK’s very same speech that he did in New York the day before. So, I can’t really blame him for just giving the standard speech over and over again, as I’m sure people are expecting and wanting to hear it in person for themselves.

The thing is – some are irritated by Obama’s fervour and repetitiveness, but that isn’t stopping the crowds from getting bigger or from people somehow believing that history is in the making, and they want to be there to witness it, in massive numbers:

An appearance by Obama backs up traffic, brings police to city streets rerouting cars, it jumbles public transit schedules to accommodate the crush of people…It means lineups beginning at 7:30 a.m. to see a candidate who will not take the stage until after 1 p.m., it means major universities all but shutting down, businesses shutting, employees calling in sick because they want to hear a politician. From high school gyms in Iowa just a couple of months ago, Obama is now playing to overflow crowds in the largest venues available, whatever the town can offer, basketball or hockey arenas, concert halls, convocation halls. Huge rallies may not win elections, but Obama is now drawing crowds that have long-time political observers shaking their heads. They are getting bigger each day, unprecedented for a primary season.

You also get some of that movement fervour that some shake their heads at, like this:

Congress member Elijah Cummings tried to define what he thought was unfolding.”This is not a campaign for the presidency of the United States,” he said. “This is a movement to change the world. “You do not get 25,000 at the Comcast Center on a Monday morning for a campaign. You do not get 13,000 people here for a campaign,” he said.

A bit of overstatement and hyperbole probably, but you get the idea. Hillary is fighting a movement here, and the momentum may be too hard to overcome – even for her formidable political skills. Witness the 3 massive victories tonight in the so-called Potomac Primaries for Obama – bigger then a lot had forecasted. As Obama continues to win states (he is expected to win Wisconsin and Hawaii) and puts Hillary into a must-win situation in Texas and Ohio, you can expect her supporters to get increasingly frustrated and bitter – something I’ve already experienced up here with one of her Canadian supporters. The bitterness over Obama’s winning streak was and is tangible.

Another Liberal (who has no dog in this fight) gave me his reasoning behind that bitterness, and I think it’s very true, and I quote him: many Hillary supporters are very irritated that she’s having to work as hard as she is for something she feels she deserves already. Whether she deserves it or not is another story, but at the rate it’s going, her hard work may not be enough to stop a political movement avalanche.

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