‘ Tomorrow , we begin a great journey. A journey to take our country back and fundamentally changes the nature of our politics". Senator Barack Obama.
Beyond the hectic pace of any political campaign and the accompanying gamut of new proposals and pseudo-visions about what the USA should be, Senator Barack Obama reminds all of us that first and foremost, the prerequisite of any political change is a change of the political game itself. Obama has long been an advocate of a total reshuffle of the way campaigns are funded, and, pardon my naivety, but I think this time we have a sensible chance to see contenders not embroiled in conflict of interests due to lobbying money that would impede them from any independence of thought. Indeed, if we look at the strongest proponents of revamping fair political funding- before the rise of Obama-, then-Lo and Behold ! we find Senator John Mac Cain. Despite his strong momentum in 1999/2000, he had eventually been overwhelmed by the flurry of cash from private interests raised by his opponent for the Republican nomination, namely Georges Bush.
Can Barack Obama be successful in changing the way the game is played, while eventually winning the game ? The next couple of weeks will be extremely revealing, but both his first proposals and his charisma should hinder a scenario ala MacCain 2000 from occurring. And, for the sake of the USA, let us hope that in the final showdown, both contenders will agree upon a limitation of lobbying money.