The idea that we are somehow the world's last best hope is not only false, it is what allows people like George Bush and Dick Cheney to sell phoney arguments for foreign wars to the American public.
In 2008, the fact that Reagan was president and redrew the US political map is such a salient feature of American history that it is difficult to remember how unthinkable it was at the time.
By teaming up together before November, Obama and Gore could finally resolve the dilemma of how to win in the American electoral arena while speaking out on global warming.
What are we to make of this latest makeover? Has Hillary fallen victim to Al Gore Syndrome, where we don't find out what appealing people they are until they lose and finally get to be themselves again?
Obama's fundraising has been celebrated as turning of the tables on the kind of money politics that has dominated America. But before we were on top, many of us wanted campaigns less expensive, not more.
The percentage of Americans who think global warming is a "very serious problem" dropped 5% over the last year, from 47% in 2007 to 42% today.
When it comes to climate change, we must reckon with a surprisingly large group of the vocal and miseducated. These naysayers have uncanny parallels to AIDS denialists.
Obama is raising more money via the Internet in small donations than any candidate in history. Hooray! But it is just as true that he is raising more money from fat cat donations than any candidate in history.
Obama's campaign is launching a grassroots effort, tentatively called Joshua Generation, with plans to hold concerts and house meetings targeted at young evangelicals and Catholics.
From here on out, every weather calamity will arrive in a wrapper of unspoken dread: what if this event does not fit the old pattern?