A number of graduate students, faculty and Penn State staff have started a Google Group to spread the word about Obama and generate excitement about his campaign. It seems now that Pennsylvania will finally have a chance to weigh in on the nomination. We will finally have a chance to make a definitive statement that we are ready to move beyond the politics of hate and division and toward a more mature politics at home and abroad.
I was extremely disappointed by governor Ed Rendell’s comments last month to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette, that Pennsylvania is home to conservative whites who are “probably not ready to vote for an African-American candidate.” Although Gov. Rendell does not yet seem ready, many of us here in Pennsylvania are ready to vote for a candidate who is capable of changing the way politics is practiced in the United States.
Noam Scheiber of the New Republic points to Bryan Curtis’s October 2000 report about Gov. Rendell’s propensity to harm those he is trying to help. Although Obama will have to combat Rendell’s machine here, he may get some help directly from the mouth of the Governor.
If you are a member of the PSU community, or just interested in the Obama campaign, come and join the group: