Great post, Max. I'm also an Obama supporter, and I was sort of surprised to figure out that part of my attraction to him as a candidate was a generational thing. I'm 28, and I don't even identify with my own generation all that well. But I recently had an argument/discussion with my Dad (a baby boomer in every sense of the word) about the candidates, and I discovered that I am truly sick of boomers being in charge. I really hope that we're ready to move on from that era.
By the way, I grew up in Evanston -- my Mom still lives there at the corner of Forest and Main. It's a great town.
It's definitely Oakland -- I was there volunteering for the event and ended up behind that tree without being able to see. I'd seen him before, though, so I was happy to let others squeeze in ahead of me.
You may be right that NV-3 is more competitive than NV-2, but I think we can target both. Reno (and the rest of Washoe County) certainly plays a big role in NV-2, and I think it could play an even bigger role in the future. You're right that a lot of it comes down to (and will continue to come down to) turning out people to vote. You're also right that so far, folks in the rurals have been much more reliable in that respect (and much more reliably Republican). A lot of the race dynamics for NV-02 will come down to who the Democrats get to run.
I really look forward to seeing NV-04 (and maybe NV-05?) in a few years. It'll be really interesting to see how it's drawn.
Maybe you're right about the Right Wing Noise Machine; maybe I'm just being naive and idealistic. But, we as a country have to start somewhere in getting out of that framework. I believe Obama is the most likely candidate to get started down that path.
I should have been more clear. By the "Bush political era" I meant not just the Bush Presidency, but everything that it's come to represent with respect to extremely polarizing politics and all of its rhetoric. I think Obama can move us away from that better than, say, Hillary.
As for the Iraq War, I certainly give him a lot of credit just for being right. To me, it really speaks to his judgment, which was right on in this case.
FWIW: I really like Edwards as well, and I would support him enthusiastically if he won the primary.
For me, it's about good judgment. For me, America's place in the world is extremely important. For him to be so right about the Iraq War from the beginning really impresses me.
Also, the fact that he's appealing enough to win, and not only win, but get us out of the Bush political era, inspire a new generation of activists, and put Democrats in general in a good position for the future, is extremely important.
From where I sit, that does not look like a superficial advantage.
I guess it's pretty interesting that I was never very involved. I think you're right that it's in large part because my grandpa isn't your typical politician. Even now, he's not much of an "insider" (and he doesn't much want to be). For me, I think I grew up with a feeling that I'd already missed out on all of the most interesting family experiences (I was born in 1978). I guess I thought I'd missed my chance to participate.
I really hope the excitement is being used well. Here in San Francisco, there was an organizing meeting last week that was initiated through the my.barackobama site. There were about 60 people there, and the people who organized it were not officially affiliated with the campaign.
It was very well-organized (almost everyone there was a campaign veteran of some sort) and there have already been follow-up emails about distributing bumper stickers/pins and about tabling plans, including literature packets, voter registration forms, etc.
I've often thought about the role of "campaign blogger" to a campaign. In my case, for my Dad's Senate campaign, I absolutely thought of myself as a representative of my Dad (in my case, I didn't have much of a choice). I believe it allowed me to be a much more effective interface between the campaign and the netroots.
It's a little bit hard for me to understand the value of an "official campaign blogger" who doesn't represent the candidate.