Ta dow!

Barack Obama gave ’em what for in South Carolina. The margin of his victory amazed me, but it must REALLY amaze those who lived through the civil rights movement and endured the indignities and pain of the Jim Crow era. Obama won fifty five percent of the vote in South Carolina, and took the stage to the resounding and repeated shout, “race doesn’t matter!” I mean, wow. Wow. It makes my heart swell. I don’t care where you stand on the preferred candidate front, that feels like history in the making to me.

What do you think?

My political coverage is sporadic at best, and some of my fellow bloggers have been doing a much better job at consistently covering the race. So if you’re looking for more political coverage, I highly recommend you check out Anovelista, Jack and Jill politics, and Concrete Loop for close, intelligent attention on Obama’s campaign.

Oh, and if you want to hear my two cents about Barack Obama’s victory, the state of the campaign, and that scandalous shame of a story about the mayor of Detroit, listen to NPR’s News and Notes today! I’ll be part of the blogger’s round table, alongside the magnificent Jay Smooth and Eric Brown, a passionate and intelligent blogger for the Detroit News’ political and government blog.

** edited Tuesday at 9 a.m. — here’s a link to my NPR interview in case you missed it yesterday. And finally, on a personal note The Fabbies website is back up and running. If you support what I do, then please take a moment of your day to vote for me in the Beauty Category! Thanks!

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simone says:
January 28, 2008, 8:29 am
yeah i'm with you. except i say that obama fulfills the promises of the 1860s not just the 1960s. this kind of national political leadership is what emancipation is about -- from property to president. and didn't they look fabulous. i love an elegant woman's suit. i love to see adults dressed like adults.
mistress_scorpio says:
January 28, 2008, 9:55 am
To hope this much is addicting... I have never in my life followed politics like this before and it's not simply because there's a black candidate. This man is saying something for real, and the fact is, he can heal this divided nation. For the first time I have heard chants of "USA" at a rally and it wasn't an Olympic event or a jingoistic response to 9/11. And did you hear Bill's reply to all this? Basically, his response was 'oh well, Jesse won in South Carolina too' in order to marginalize this a a racially polarized victory. I hope the Clintons continue to keep Bill out there running his mouth, because the damage he's doing to his joint campaign with his wife is worth more than all the political advertising you could buy...
Brokey McPoverty says:
January 28, 2008, 10:39 am
i'm just here to swoon. i mean im really happy he won SC of course. but. mainly to swoon. *swooooon* get em, boo!!
nyc/caribbean ragazza says:
January 28, 2008, 10:56 am
mistress scorpio I was so pissed when I heard Clinton say that I had to write a post about it. I worked on his campaign and know several blacks folks who worked in his administration. We are done. As one poster said on my blog (who used to work for him) Bill showed his true colors. On the other hand Obama was gracious and on point the other night. That Caroline Kennedy endorsed him and not the Senator from her state says a great deal. Onto Super Tuesday!
Jasmine A says:
January 28, 2008, 11:15 am
Your statement above that says that this must really be amazing for those who lived during the civil rights era is so true. I just read in the sunday edition of the AJC (Atlanta's paper) about an older gentleman who says he has not voted since JFK ran for office. He said many people of his generation quickly tired of the same 'ol same 'ol going on in politics. He has re-registered to vote in this election b/c he senses real change coming. That is so awesome!
Shones says:
January 28, 2008, 12:13 pm
I completely agree with nyc/caribbean ragazza's comments about Bill showing his true colors, and what a surprise from a Pres who seemed so poised and under control when it came to his mouth. Suddenly, a slip of the tongue here, another gaffe there, and voila, he's punching little holes in Hillary's campaign. I really thought he was more savvy than this. It all just goes to show that our "first black president" really, REALLY was not. I've never watched a presidential race as closely as I'm watching this one. I can't wait to see what happens next.
simone says:
January 28, 2008, 1:29 pm
bellas, let's remember what morrison meant when she wrote that clinton was the first to have the major tropes of blackness: love of junk food, raised by single mother and accused of excessive sexuality. she associated him with the pathologies of blackness. and he plays the saxophone. take that to mean what you want. there's representation and there's the kind of representation that counts. what did bill clinton count for as a 'black president?' every time i see that phrase i just get a little hot under the collar. anyhoo, we do now see bill's truly manipulative colors in a way we can't dismiss as just "a brotha" doing what he gotta do. and morrison has officially endorsed Obama as a real black candidate. what if Mrs. Obama went natural?!! oooooh lawd. i bet she will after she leaves the white house.
Danielle J says:
January 28, 2008, 1:37 pm
I am very pleased for Obama. I think even more interesting is the white vote that he received especially in a "conservative" state like S. Carolina. He's making great strides and I am proud of him and Michelle. No matter the outcome, he's really accomplished something beautiful and has given me a glimpse into what America could be.
Los Angelista says:
January 28, 2008, 2:30 pm
I was so happy that he did so well in South Carolina, and then to get the Kennedy's endorsement after that was really huge. On to Super Tuesday!
Nichelle says:
January 28, 2008, 2:41 pm
Thanks for the shout out Bella! I just watched the Kennedys endorse Obama so you KNOW I'm all fired up and ready to go again! Toni Morrison has also endorsed Obama today :)
LoveIsDope says:
January 28, 2008, 2:52 pm
Go head Obama! This is truly exciting. While covering an Obama event a couple weeks ago, I talked to 50 year-old-man who is going to vote for the first time in his life. He said that as a black man and former convict, he never felt that his vote mattered until Obama came along. He said he likes Obama's message and feels empowered. How beautiful is that?
Jay Smooth says:
January 28, 2008, 3:55 pm
Thanks for the kind words, it was cool to be on with you :) Agree with the comments above, Obama really got a remarkable amount of white support in SC though that's been obscured by other storylines..
auragirl says:
January 28, 2008, 4:56 pm
Fellow Hopemongers, I don't think I've felt this way about something political in my life. This is more than a campaign, this is a MOVEMENT. The victory in S. Carolina was phenomenal, and I've been on a high all weekend (and I still am!) Yet, I know the road ahead is long. It was the people on the ground in South Carolina who knocked on doors, called people and passed out literature who made this victory possible. We have to GET OUT THE VOTE! I hope all Obama supporters who live in super Tuesday states are getting involved! My state doesn't vote until March 4th, but I will definitely be doing ALL I CAN. This is CRUCIAL y'all...the future is at stake! Let's do this! YES WE CAN!
Mona says:
January 28, 2008, 7:06 pm
I live in SC, and I am ECSTATIC about Obama's win. Twice as many people turned out for this primary as in 2004. At my church the next day, people were so excited about this election! Obama ran an EXTENSIVE ground campaign here, and from what I saw, his efforts here dwarfed those of Edwards and Clinton. And it paid off!! He didn't just win SC, he TOOK SC! His victory speech was awesome; I only wish I could've been there. I agree with Jay Smooth about the amount of white support for Obama here. It's tangible, and that's something that the media here seems to miss. On to Super Tuesday!!!
LB says:
January 28, 2008, 8:45 pm
I'm so glad that Barack Obama won in South Carolina by such a huge margin showing the rest of the United States that "race doesn't matter". Team Billary continues to throw the race card out there,and it cost them votes they needed in South Carolina and will cost them votes during Super Tuesday and other races. Thank goodness Americans are smart enough to see that a vote for Obama is more than just voting for a Black man...it's voting for an intelligent man who is so passionate about improving our government. The media always stated his appeal was mainly with the young Americans, but his appeal reaches out to all people who are ready to embrace change. The Change Movement is here and I love it!
Eminar says:
January 28, 2008, 8:58 pm
I'm happy for us too, and am in awe of the support Obama has gathered from all sides. I may be showing my age by saying this but,I have had this feeling before and the person responsible for it was shot on a balcony in Memphis. I am afraid for Obama and I am praying for him to make it through to November and beyond as our President because we all know there are a lot of crazies out there. Having said all that, I did notice at today's rally that he's got heavy security surrounding him, which Dr. King did not have. I dont want to burst any bubbles, I just remember this feeling..
TheReverb says:
January 28, 2008, 9:16 pm
I heard you on News and Notes and figured id check your blog out. This Afro Beau is a fan
Ebonys says:
January 28, 2008, 10:03 pm
Just heard your comments on NPR and decided to check out the website being a Caribbean (Barbadian)woman myself! Great stuff, you know I was listening to my EXODUS (Bob Marley) album yesterday and thought the lyrics to So much things to say http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A_1Zt2abrY is such an apt song that sums up war of wars in the last couple of weeks!! Congrats to Barack!! and great job on the website!
Sandra says:
January 28, 2008, 11:18 pm
I hope Obama's victory in South Carolina and the endorsements he received from the Kennedys will help him on Super Tuesday. He is the only candidate who can unite the country. Toni Morrison wrote a beautiful letter in her endorsement of Obama. Barack the Vote!
don says:
January 29, 2008, 11:28 pm
What do you make of Billary Clinton victory in Florida?


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