Yes We Can ... Calm Down

Pundit has Obamaphilia and doesn't care knows it
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2008 4:51 PM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., greets supporters during a 'Stand for Change' Rally in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Joel Stein has Obamaphilia—“I want the man to hope all over me”—and he worries it’s not appropriate. The LA Times columnist knows Barack Obama isn’t a maverick "taking risky positions like Ron Paul or Dennis Kucinich" and wonders whether it's out of proportion—and in bad taste—to get worked up about a mainstream politician.

Stein phones his Hillary-loving feminist mother for perspective, to “de-Romeo-ize.” “Some part of me want to say, ‘People wake up,’” she says. She's swimming against the tide, though. Stein would like to see his fellow Obama-maniacs do less crying in public, but he finally concludes that he “can’t root against a person who believes he can change the world.”