Barack Obama's World AIDS day speech at Rick Warren's church in California is worth a read. It oozes compassion, intelligence, thoughtfulness and conviction.

Look out for this guy. He's the real deal. He went to New Hampshire last week and drew overflowing crowds. He creates rock star excitement. Some people say he needs seasoning. I beg to differ. Four more years in the Senate has never done anybody an ounce of good. He's in his mid-forties. Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and John Kennedy weren't any older.

Wouldn't it be exciting--we may have a decent choice of presidential candidates the next election. If the Republicans nominate either McCain or Guiliani rather than one of the dogmatic wing-nuts, and if the Democrats find somebody who hasn't sold their soul to focus groups and special interests, the country will be well-served.