Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The First Speech of the Fall Campaign

Barack Obama in Raleigh, North Carolina last night:

I heard this last night driving home from a meeting and I was mesmerized. It doesn’t matter whether or not you agree with his policies or his ideas; he’s a great speaker.

I also take issue with people like Joe Scarborough who criticize Sen. Obama for being “hesitant” in his off-the-cuff responses to questions on shows like Meet the Press or some such. It isn’t hesitancy; he’s actually thinking about the question and formulating an answer, not coughing up some pre-packaged talking point that has a whispy connection with the topic at hand. It may be an alien concept to someone like Mr. Scarborough who is so used to the talking points Muzak, but it is an indication of intelligence rather than parroting skills.

Note: labeling this as the first speech of the fall campaign doesn’t imply that I think Mr. Obama has won the nomination (see below). It means that he is talking about issues that go beyond the primaries and focus on what we will be talking about once the general election campaign becomes the focus. At least I would hope that we will be talking about them. I have no idea what the SCLM will be writing about. Bowling and flag pins, I suppose.