Mickey echoes Powerline in saying that those of us who loved Obama's March 18 race speech should now be embarrassed for some reason. I guess I should say I am not in the slightest bit embarrassed by my instantaneous response to Obama's words. His speech remains one of the finest given in my adult life-time by a leading politician on a subject as fraught as race. I am not afraid to gush when I feel it's warranted - and when we're dealing with an historic candidacy framed by the deepest wound in American history, an utter refusal to be open to the moment strikes me as inadequate. Scott Johnson writes:
Perhaps the entire saga is little more than a tribute to the incomprehension of unsophisticated outsiders.
I think that captures it pretty well, actually. Although plenty of unsophisticated outsiders have the empathy and curiosity to think beyond their existing prejudices and political allegiances.