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Barack Obama on the HLR

As you can see by the banner to the left, I'm excited about the possibility that Barack Obama might become the next President.

One reason that I like Obama is that he doesn't act like a partisan hack, even though he's clearly a forceful advocate for his positions. This comes through in the recollections of a former Harvard Law Review colleague (via Hugh Hewitt). When you consider how rare it is in the partisan blogosphere to read complementary pieces about one's ideological opponents, this one really stands out:

No doubt it’s a long, long road to The White House, even for politicians with significantly more experience than Illinois' junior senator. But many of the qualities that he manifested during our joint tenure on The Harvard Law Review help explain why so many enthusiastically contemplate the prospect that Barack Obama's journey to the Oval Office will be both a short and a successful one.


How do you think he fits into agrarian politics?

I'm afraid that I don't know much about the guy, one way or another. Though I do remember checking out his podcast during the John Roberts confirmation and was rather disappointed in his reasoning. I might be misremembering (it was awhile ago), but he essentially said that John Roberts was the best candidate out there, but he still couldn't vote for him because of....something.

Obama certainly isn't an "agrarian" candidate, if by that you mean that he espouses anything amounting to an "agrarian agenda." (Is there such a thing?) More than any of the other major candidates that have announced so far, though, Obama rejects the Bush administration's foreign policy. That policy is clearly anti-agrarian (and anti-liberal, anti-conservative, and anti-common sense).

The biggest beef that an agrarian could pick with Obama is his apparent unwillingness to dig in his heels against globalization (we need more space to define *that* term). But Obama makes the persuasive argument that many features of a globalized society are faits-accompli, and not reversible by the federal goverment. Even so, Obama voted against CAFTA as a protest vote against Bush's indifference to the unfair distribution of benefits from free-trade deals.

In the end, I don't think an agrarian can find any other major candidate that is preferable to Barack Obama. If you find one, please let me know!

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