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I Never Thought I’d Say This, But… March 20, 2008

Posted by Jeff in Election '08.
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…the cynics are wrong. Since Barack Obama gave his remarkably low-key speech on race in America on Tuesday, pundits have been of two minds. On the one hand, they say, it was sincere, thoughtful, high-minded, and treated Americans like adults. On the other, it was sincere, thoughtful, high minded, and treated Americans like adults. Mickey Kaus, among others, have suggested that Americans are too racist, too simple, and too absorbed in the sound-bite to appreciate it, and that because it “gave Archie Bunker a chance to tune out,” did nothing to help Obama. I don’t buy it.

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Words Matter More Than Votes March 2, 2008

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In the last week and a half, we’ve seen Hilary attack Obama for running a campaign based on “waving [the] magic wand” of rhetoric and speechifying rather than a good, old fashioned campaign based on his ability to defend the country (by which I mean taking the same approach to national security as General Ripper). She’s an idiot. Not just because her campaign is, you know, mostly words too, or because her record isn’t exactly one to run on either, or because it reinforces that stupid stereotype that women nag and whine. No, she’s an idiot because speechifying is far more important than Obama’s history in the Senate.

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