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The craziest idea in the world

vastleft's picture

For the last several months, I've had the craziest idea in the world: that Barack Obama might benefit from energizing (and perhaps even expanding) the Democratic base, rather than expecting skeptical progressives to force themselves to decide that his candidacy is likable enough, or expecting Hillary and Bill Clinton to make up their minds for them.

Has anyone considered this option, of Obama making like Ronald Reagan and exuding boundless enthusiasm and pride for his party's agenda and blistering criticism of the opposing party and an unwillingness to dignify its ideas?

I know the Republicans are staggeringly popular right now, and Obama is famously untalented as a speaker, but maybe, maybe, maybe?

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myiq2xu's picture
Submitted by myiq2xu on

Let the voters decide elections

I know, it's totally insane. I hope they don't lock me up for suggesting it.

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“I don't belong to any organized political party. I'm a Democrat.” - Will Rogers

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Submitted by RedSox04 on

Obama seems locked in by two things: his post-partisan rhetoric (is there anything else he stands for?) and the symbiotic relationship he has with the elite in our nation's media and finance systems.

But on the positive side, Wall Street and the MSM view Obama as a "very reasonable Democrat", as opposed to all those other nasty Dems who want to play "class warfare".

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Submitted by DCblogger on

Obama is famously untalented as a speaker

Obama is the nominee precisely because he is a brilliant orator.

vastleft's picture
Submitted by vastleft on

The point is: if he's so brilliant as an orator, why must he give away the rhetorical store, especially when the opposition is incredibly unpopular?

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Submitted by myiq2xu on

And who writes his speeches?

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“I don't belong to any organized political party. I'm a Democrat.” - Will Rogers

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Submitted by Davidson on

A person great at rhetoric does so because of passion and empathy, both of which are necessary to persuade others to their position. Obama comes of as quite condescending and void of empathy, and only feels passion when discussing this fantasy image of himself.

vastleft's picture
Submitted by vastleft on

Spinning such thin gruel into the appearance of transcendence shows a real talent for winning hearts and minds. Shame he doesn't use it to run as a strong progressive....

myiq2xu's picture
Submitted by myiq2xu on

and Lincoln for 143.

Their speeches still move people to tears.

Obama's Greatest Speech on Race EVAH?

Can you remember anything besides the part about how he could no more disown Rev. Wright than he could his own grandmother?

BTW - Did he disown his grandma too?

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Submitted by herb the verb on

MLK has been dead for 40 years and Lincoln for 143. Their speeches still move people to tears.

Obama’s Greatest Speech on Race EVAH?

1.) Dead people speeched great speeches, Obama speeches great speeches.

2.) YOU THINK OBAMA SHOULD BE DEAD!

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Submitted by dupager on

Agreed: "Obama comes of[f] as quite condescending and void of empathy, and only feels passion when discussing this fantasy image of himself."

It's the preachy thing.. the cadence is always the same. He looks down his nose when he speaks, literally (how many pics does he take like that?).

I figured out what his problem is. He can't stop talking like a frekkin lawyer. His answers always have several clauses in them.. "that which and therefore and in the final analysis.."

in other words he eschews the solo syllable for the multivariate emblem of vocabulation.. or some other bullsheet sounding tone...

that's what i hear when he talks anyway.. i'm sure that's not very creative class of me, but I went to college too and I don't have to talk like a dictionary to show it.

dupager

Submitted by lambert on

and now I have to wait through Kerry?

If they'd segued right from Clinton to Biden, Biden would have been riding a wave.

[ ] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

Submitted by lambert on

it would have been a two-fer to nominate Dean and get him out of our system and never run Kerry at all. What a second rater Kerry comes across as after Bill. I know he's better than he sounds, but Jeebus, what were we thinking?

[ ] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by Uncle Alice on

sorry to twist the thread but you gotta see the feds rewrite the laws of physics. The NIST must think we're just as cracked as they are.sorry I'm not savvy enough to link.hadda let you know. Cheers.

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Submitted by Valhalla on

I've been saying that for months -- like an insurance company lawyer trying to get out of paying a claim.

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Submitted by Stephanie on

While watching the intro for Ted Kennedy the other night, I was impressed by Kennedy's pounding fists and impassioned speech, taped when he was younger. And I wondered, is there any such tape of Obama, any time Obama was so impassioned, excited about anything? What issue has Obama taken for his own?

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Submitted by Davidson on

God, he loves that stuff.