Jerome, you sound just plain petty here. Let this argument and arguments like it be beneath you. The goal is to diminish Obama's success and that's plain unbecoming. I'd like to think you're better, a lot better than that.
Last night, it was the image of Barack, Michelle and their daughters walking toward the camera that made me cry. It presented too many things for me to keep my composure: the faces of America, the belief this wouldn't happen during my lifetime, the possibility that it might happen, the experiences of so so many Americans who must be in awe that they are witnessing and so much more. The point of course is that this has always been very, very real. Thank you. I would also have been in tears (of joy) if the 18 million cracks had done a bit more damage to that glass ceiling.
My only issue with the objections to Sebelius is what if Obama genuinely believes she'd be the best fit? I like Hillary and actually like her campaign, but for her supporters to suggest blocking any other woman from VP slot seems an overreach, to put it kindly.
Fuzzy, it was always going to be a risk, the same with Sen. Clinton. Fear of losing hasn't worked out so well for us in the past. The country may or may not be ready. Let's play this out a bit. Let's make every decision about elected office and other high-stakes positions where winning is paramount subject to the rule that we never take a risk. Yep, all we do is pick the sure thing. Can you see American institutions getting whiter? I sure can. Anything different brings risk. Is America ready? I have no earthly idea. But Senator Obama won a contest that makes him the nominee. Will we have been wrong as voters if he doesn't win in the general? Not necessarily.
I'm not sure what you thought this moment would look like, but there were no guarantees with Clinton or Edwards (the white male default candidate who would have blown up in our faces.)
People are in denial about a lot of things, including that Democrats may have been well aware of the risk and still chose the candidate with the unusual background.
I think it's instructive for the Obama team to ask, "How do we get 270 electoral votes?" A lead in the polls of 10 percentage points and no plan to win the electoral votes would mean absolutely nothing.