02/06/2008 03:39 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Barack Obama: "We're In This Together"

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The race for the Democratic presidential nomination continues. Neither Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton scored a knock out blow today. But it appears that about 4 million more voters nationally turned out for the Democrats than did for the Republicans. Meanwhile the corporate media hyperventilated with blaring graphics and absurdly garish charts and visual aids.

Karl Rove, "Bush's brain," made his debut on Fox News tonight as a "political commentator." And then I changed the channel and saw Ari Fleischer's face, sans eyeglasses, filling my television screen. I didn't know that he is a "political commentator" for CNN. I guess lying the country into war looks great on a resume when looking for work at Fox News and CNN. Two female suicide bombers killed over 60 people over the weekend at two Baghdad markets and U.S. forces recently killed 9 Iraqi civilians in an airstrike. Ho Hum. Maybe Chris Wallace could ask Karl Rove if a piece of him dies inside each time he tells one of his many lies as Jon Stewart suggested tonight on his show? Or maybe Larry King could ask Ari Fleischer what it feels like to have a brother who has made millions of dollars profiteering off Iraq occupation contracts?

CNN's William Schneider gives us his "political analysis" but Wolf Blitzer never tells us that he is from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) the "tank" that provided the "thinking" for just about every single one of George W. Bush's failed and bloody policy adventures. Flush with corporate cash and money from right-wing donors, Scheider's AEI has produced position papers on everything from promoting the "surge" in Iraq to privatizing Social Security. Do you think maybe CNN should point this fact out periodically while Schneider educates us all on the intricacies of modern democracy?

I cannot watch David Gregory's commentary either because all that I picture in my mind is the YouTube video playing over and over again of Gregory getting "jiggy" with Karl Rove on stage at the Washington correspondents' dinner. And David Gergen literally bores me to tears.

We've all heard of the "revolving door" between politicians on the Armed Services committees and military contractors, but there is another revolving door: people like Karl Rove and Ari Fleischer who should be in cold dank prison cells somewhere for their public crimes yacking away on that flickering box in our living rooms as if nothing is amiss. And doing so for big bucks to boot. Awe, isn't America great?

And tucked deep inside layers of "political" vignettes and other utterances from the likes of Patrick Buchanan or William Bennet or Peggy Noonan or David Brooks we get tossed into the mix a piece of a speech from Barack Obama. Almost lost in the din of soundbites and visual effects and commercials for financial services corporations we hear an almost inaudible sound. It's the voice of a real person, not a spinmeister or a "Slick Willie," but a former community organizer and activist, a gifted orator and an experienced politician mature beyond his years. We somehow manage to sift through TV illusion for a moment and witness a raw authenticity absent in American politics; we thought it had been doused out like a flame under a wet blanket. Could it be? An American politician actually talking about real things in a real way? Barack Obama's speech tonight was a rallying cry for social activism. He emphasized the "We" instead of the more familiar "I." He challenged anyone willing to listen to step up and help make America a better country and improve the lot of our fellow citizens in collective effort. That kind of politics is so foreign to our current context it's almost incomprehensible. No one on television seems to see it.

A social movement is brewing the likes of which this country hasn't seen in decades and Barack Obama is trying to lead it, channel it into electoral gain for the Democratic Party, and possibly power in Washington. He will not succeed he told us unless we all join him in this great endeavor. All the talk of "Super Duper Tuesday" and "Super Delegates" and process and carnival barkers and dog races must not be allowed to drown out the central message of Obama's grassroots campaign: We can work together in the last analysis and end the divisions and work together as a compassionate and civic-minded nation, but only if we will it. If we fail it will not be Barack Obama's fault. It will be our own.

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