Friday, August 29, 2008

Dem Convention - The Speech

And Hopeface takes the stage.

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You know what? Joe Biden was right. This guy is clean. Not a spot of dirt on him. Love the tie, not to mention that lovely lapel pin.

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I have said before that Obama is not particularly articulate. This speech is grand evidence of this fact. He enunciates well, and he doesn't mumble, but that is altogether different from being articulate. Articulate people can take difficult concepts and expressed nuanced ideas. There is nothing in this speech that would be misunderstood by a modestly bright eight year old.

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Obama's cadence reminds me of the present lamentation of audiophiles, who bemoan the condensed sound necessitated by online media (e.g. iTunes). Producers mix to the medium, which means everything is loud. No dynamics. Obama is like a walking mp3.

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Again, Obama imagines assaults on his character that have yet to occur. I suspect this is a theme he is building in anticipation of the inevitable Ayers ad. The Obama campaign can't really answer the charges, other than to say they are irrelevant.

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I suppose this "McCain voted with Bush 90% of the time" canard will be effective. It's equally true to say that I agree with the majority of Obama's voting record in the Senate, as many Senate votes were simply procedural extensions of previously agreed upon tactics, but who has the time to actually think?

That said, I think McCain should take this one on. He could focus on Obama's refusal to approve the nomination of Janice Rogers Brown, the black daughter of sharecroppers. McCain thought Bush had that one right, but Obama preferred to cater to the needs of the extreme left wing. I think there's a good ad in there somewhere.

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This isn't a bad speech, and I think Obama will get the requisite bump. What a requisite bump means in an election like this is an open question. If he comes out of here with a lead of 12% or more, I think he's well on the road to winning. If it's 5-6%, I think he's toast.

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Is it even worth noting that Obama's platform is completely unpracticable? Does anyone care anymore? I doubt it.

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Classy ad by McCain. Was it an attempt to sway votes? Absolutely. But being classy is a legitimate means of swaying votes. It was the only occurence at this convention to defy, um, convention.

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Why is it important that Joe Biden rides the train? Who associates this activity with blue collar values in this day and age? Why is it impressive that he goes home every night?

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Somebody needs to talk to McCain about this Tucker Bounds fellow. I know nerdy spokespeople are en vogue, but he sounds like Milton from Office Space.

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The press loved the speech, but was there anything Obama could have done to derive a different result? He could have spent an hour making fun of Haiti and the press would have lapped it up.

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Never mind about Pawlenty I guess.

3 Comments:

Anonymous b-nut said...

I wonder what percent of the time McCain has voted in agreement with Obama. That has got to be fairly high compared to what most would expect and could be a good way of making meaning(less) out of Obama's 90% statistic.

10:56 AM  
Blogger Kevin Sawyer said...

I did some rough calculations. It's about 60%.

11:37 AM  
Blogger sauce1977 said...

You:

"I have said before that Obama is not particularly articulate. This speech is grand evidence of this fact. He enunciates well, and he doesn't mumble, but that is altogether different from being articulate. Articulate people can take difficult concepts and expressed nuanced ideas. There is nothing in this speech that would be misunderstood by a modestly bright eight year old."

Dictionary:

ar·tic·u·late adj., n. ɑrˈtɪkyəlɪt; v. ɑrˈtɪkyəˌleɪt; n. ahr-tik-yuh-lit; v. ahr-tik-yuh-leyt adjective, verb, -lat·ed, -lat·ing, noun

–adjective
1. uttered clearly in distinct syllables.
2. capable of speech; not speechless.
3. using language easily and fluently; having facility with words: an articulate speaker.
4. expressed, formulated, or presented with clarity and effectiveness: an articulate thought.
5. made clear, distinct, and precise in relation to other parts: an articulate form; an articulate shape; an articulate area.
6. (of ideas, form, etc.) having a meaningful relation to other parts: an articulate image.
7. having parts or distinct areas organized into a coherent or meaningful whole; unified: an articulate system of philosophy.

Dictionary +1

8:39 AM  

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