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"Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. famously said of Franklin Roosevelt that he had a "second-class intellect, but a first-class temperament." Obama has shown that he is a man of limited experience, questionable convictions, deeply troubling associations (Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers, Tony Rezko) and an alarming lack of self-definition -- do you really know who he is and what he believes? Nonetheless, he's got both a first-class intellect and a first-class temperament. That will likely be enough to make him president," - Charles Krauthammer today.

I should just add that I have a pretty good idea of what Obama believes and who he is. Very few candidates in American history have been as candid about both as Obama. I don't agree with all of it, but I see the sense of much of it.

Even I see the pragmatism of raising taxes on the successful to Clinton era levels just to keep the government minimally solvent.  And if you don't see the urgency for change from the insane Republicanism of the last eight years, then I'm at a loss to know what to say. In the end, it's that simple. You cannot know for sure with any future president, but in these times, the first class temperament and first class intellect and astonishing oratory and obvious decency are enough for me.

My judgment now is what it was sixteen months ago, and a year ago. We need Obama now. And we are immensely lucky to have him.

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