The Washington Monthly is an excellent, small magazine. I've been a subscriber for more than 30 years. In 2008, my wife and I had the pleasure of lunch with Charles Peters, the founder of the magazine, who worked for President Kennedy. Paul Glastris, who is now the editor in chief, had an excellent article on what President Obama has accomplished. The Incomplete Greatness of Barack Obama. The subtitled sums it up: "He’s gotten more done in three years than any president in decades. Too bad the American public still thinks he hasn’t accomplished anything." Glastris also had a sidebar listing President Obama’s Top 50 Accomplishments. Both are well worth reading.
Every four years, the electorate gets younger. Most young voters are openminded and see no reason to discriminate against anyone based on race, sex, or gender preference. They replace older voters, who generally are less open to change. Here's an article that shows just how Democratic young voters are:
The article also shows that women, African-American voters, and Hispanic voters are much more Democratic than white men. These groups were the key to President Obama's success in 2008 and will be again this year.
Watching the South Carolina Republican primary results tonight brought back warm memories of the 2008 South Carolina Democratic primary.
I was a voter protection lawyer for the Obama campaign assigned to a majority-black rural area southeast of Columbia. The voters were proud of their role in helping to elect America's first black President.
After the polls closed, we returned to Columbia in time to be present for Sen. Obama's victory speech. Later that evening, one of my best friends called to read me Caroline Kennedy's op-ed in the NYTimes ("A President Like My Father"), which moved me to tears. I was 10 years old when her father died, and I'll always remember her as the little girl standing at attention while her father's funeral procession passed. It was one of those moments that made me feel that what we were doing was connected to history.