Thomas Reid pointed me today to an article from December of 2007, in which Andrew Sullivan lays out a very cogent argument for the reasons behind the US’s bitterly partisan politics, and suggests a direction for the future. Here’s an excerpt that may sell you on the essay:
“At a time when America’s estrangement from the world risks tipping into dangerous imbalance, when a country at war with lethal enemies is also increasingly at war with itself, when humankind’s spiritual yearnings veer between an excess of certainty and an inability to believe anything at all, and when sectarian and racial divides seem as intractable as ever, a man who is a bridge between these worlds may be indispensable.… Of the viable national candidates, only Obama and possibly McCain have the potential to bridge this widening partisan gulf.”
So ten months ago, Sullivan identified the two best candidates for moving us forward, and they just happen to be the two we’re choosing between next Tuesday. The rest of his article, “Goodbye to All That: Why Obama Matters,” is every bit as insightful. It may be the best thing I’ve read in at least the past ten months.