When I rose early this morning, it was not the usual Sunday routine I’ve come accustomed to in the cold New England winter. Instead of waking at the regular time, trudging out in the snow to get the paper and enjoy a piping hot cup of coffee, I was awakened by my vibrating cell phone. A colleague had sent me a text message very early this morning that read as follows:

SEN KDY 4 OBA

I’m sure you can decipher through the alphabet soup agency esqe lingo, my friend was letting me know that Senator Edward Kennedy would be officially endorsing Barack Obama for President. Finally, I thought to myself, the Party Elder had come out of the back room to choose the candidate he feels can best take the Democratic Party into the next generation. He’s chosen, by his estimation and those around him, that Barack Obama is the candidate who can put a Democrat back in the White House.

As someone that has grown up in Massachusetts’s politics with family ties going back decades, these are the kind of moments you dream about. This has the potential to be an incredible time in political history we will look back on in ten years as the turning point. With a decisive South Carolina victory and the Kennedy endorsement, it was the time when Barack Obama transcended the politics of race, fear, and cynicism.

Obama stood toe-to-toe with the Clinton political machine and sent them scurrying with a left hook to the tune of 55% and knocked down a native Carolina son. He is taking a sizeable percentage of every demographic and has garnered the support of major players in both Washington and the private sector. For the first time in decades, the country has a candidate who sparks enthusiasm and has energized the apathetic youth of America.

A transformational candidate can be the bridge to a twenty-first century; a century where we can end poverty, cure cancer, eliminate AIDs, and journey farther into our solar system then we ever have before. There is the potential to end wars as we know it, turn to real energy solutions, and create a safer and more secure world with our traditional allies and forge new ones with real credibility.

One of the greatest Democratic politicians in the history of the party will be coming out to endorse the heir apparent to the ideals and notions of Camelot.

We dare hope and dream that what once was great, can be made new again.

Michael Miner is a strategist at a Washington D.C. based communications firm, a senior political analyst at Americans for Informed Democracy, and resident Bostonian. The views expressed are those of the author alone.

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