From ANDREW SULLIVAN
Clinton, McCain, Now The GOP…
And yet no-one seems to get it:
I watched Obama’s rise from Hyde Park over the last 15 yrs. Two things stand out: his political rivals almost always, and fatally, underestimate the guy’s abilities. I sense there’s some racism there, and his opponents always try to smear him as a “radical black guy” but Obama has always positioned himself above racial street fighting. The fact is, Obama is not just smart, he’s brilliant.
Second, the guy constantly fights a war of attrition, staying the course, keeping his cool, but applying constant steady pressure to the abutments of the opposition, and over time almost all of them crumble.
I don’t think conservatives have yet figured this out about a guy, who now, is their biggest danger to future political relevance. He’s grinding them, slowly, into dust.
It’s why I supported him. Because he was change; and because he actually thought change was needed for substantive reasons; and because he had proven his capacity not just to argue for change, but to persist in it, zigging and zagging, waiting and holding back, but still persisting…
[Some call it Rope-A-Dope… -DS]