Best Convention Speech

>> Friday, August 29, 2008

That Obama guy gives a good speech. It runs just over 53 minutes long and is as close to perfection as you can possibly get. The entire thing is available throught the Democratic Party website here.

You really must watch it. Barack Obama is the best orator since MLK. He writes his own material and delivers it perfectly. There just aren't enough superlatives for it so i wont even try. There are so many highlights but i think that this stands out as a good step forward.

It's not because John McCain doesn't care. It's because John McCain doesn't get it.

For over two decades, he's subscribed to that old, discredited Republican philosophy — give more and more to those with the most and hope that prosperity trickles down to everyone else. In Washington, they call this the Ownership Society, but what it really means is — you're on your own. Out of work? Tough luck. No health care? The market will fix it. Born into poverty? Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps — even if you don't have boots. You're on your own.

Well it's time for them to own their failure. It's time for us to change America.

It is key because it links McCain to the Republican party as a whole reducing his independent persona. People are still giving McCain way more credit than he deserves for his apparent splits with his party. His 95% Bush compatible voting record tells the story of a man essentially assimilated like a Borg Drone into the collective. Pinning the failures of the past eight years not only on McCain and Bush but on the GOP as a whole, on their whole world view is a devastating maneuver.

The biggest thing to watch is not only whether Obama gets a bump out of this, he will, but what happens to the deeper cross tabs on McCain. Do his unfavorable go up after being exposed to this. That would be a great sign that the voters eyes have been opened some by the speech.

One thing to note is that although this may have been the best political speech in a generation i still consider the speech on race better. The pressure for that speech was greater and the margin narrower than for this speech. Obama was trying to set the bar low last night by saying this speech would be "workman like" but it retrospect he need not have done that. It was just impossible for the expectations to have exceeded what he did in Denver. He hit for the cycle, twice, with this speech.


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