03 June 2008

This is our time

Yes we can.

The Victory Speech:

The (ahem) vigorous opposition:


  1. A friendly wake-up call, Shadowfax: If your side can't move beyond empty slogans like “this is our time” and endless recitations of the "McCain is old" mantra, this election (like 7 of the last 10) will put a Republican in the White House.

  2. I'm not sure what your *ahem* means, but McCain just seems like a nice guy...the guy who shows up on your doorstep giving you extra tomatoes he's grown. The guy who is your favorite patient in the ER...the guy who is up at 6 am working on his lawn or going on a morning walk...

    From a purely superficial standpoint, can you really picture the retiree crowd (a ginormous voting block) choosing Obama over McCain? The suburban crowd? The rural crowd?

    The young, urban crowd with minimal assets and tax responsibility: Yes. The college crowd whose neighbors don't give them tomatoes: Yes. The usual suspects like environmentalists and anti-war crayzees? Yes.

    I think it will be really close, but those on the fence will go with the nice war vet rather than the liberal instigator.

  3. I actually CAN see the retiree crowd voting for Obama. I AM from a "blue state," however.

    I dunno about McCain being a kindly grandpa who hands out tomatoes to the neighbors. Anyone who calls his wife the c-word in public doesn't seem too kindly to me. Also? Iraq for 100 years? Even if we are right to be there now, we can't afford to keep this up much longer let alone for the rest of my generation's lives!

  4. K,

    I'm just saying that McCain's speech was a complete and utter trainwreck. Even the Fox guys and "Republican strategists" were wondering what the hell went wrong, what with the weird smile-grimaces, awkward pauses, and general inability to read off a teleprompter.

    The ability to speechify is not, I think we agree, the most essential element of picking a president. But if you're going to invite the comparison with a speech so deliberately timed, you'd better bring your "A" game, especially if you're juxtaposing your speech with one from the greatest orator of our generation at his moment of triumph.

    And McCain didn't bring his "A" game, to put it mildly.

    I do think you're right on one point, though: McCain does give off a "nice-guy" vibe, especially when he's doing town halls and speaking off the cuff. I don't know how far that will take him in the era of Bush's failed war, but he does have that going for him.

  5. Smooth-talking is important...for used car salesmen and other people trying to get you to agree to a bad deal, which is why Obama has gotten this far. I'd rather have the awkwardly-pausing nice guy who won't take away all my money and give it away to those who wish to not make it themselves, thanks.

    If you have bad ideas which will cause us to not only pay the same in gas and food, but more in taxes too, causing an even-lower take-home paycheck, you need smooth-talking to get people on that bandwagon.

  6. Yeah, a kindly neighbor who leaves his first wife after a disfiguring car wreck. Sigh. So noble.

    Mmmm..tomatoes. Mmmm...bigger paychecks.

    Who'd want a guy raised by his grandmother being pres? Yikes! Civil rights lawyer? Why he DOES sound exactly like a used car salesman!!


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