Thursday, August 28, 2008
My reaction to Obama’s speech was that it was two parts - one to unite the Democratic Party and the second half was to find common ground with moderates and conservatives. The first half or two-thirds was “This is what I will do as a traditional Dem” and that I’m a fighter - I’m not going to take any shit like John Kerry. The first part of the speech was not for undecided voters, which is essentially my issue.
Obama needed to mend fences in the first part of the speech, instead of having an entire hour that attracted independents and moderate Republicans. He should have more of…
“The times are too serious, the stakes are too high for this same partisan playbook. So let us agree that patriotism has no party. I love this country, and so do you, and so does John McCain. The men and women who serve in our battlefields may be Democrats and Republicans and Independents, but they have fought together and bled together and some died together under the same proud flag. They have not served a Red America or a Blue America - they have served the United States of America.”
And then, Obama empowers the audience telling us that we are too smart to vote on “small things.”
“I know there are those who dismiss such beliefs as happy talk. They claim that our insistence on something larger, something firmer and more honest in our public life is just a Trojan Horse for higher taxes and the abandonment of traditional values. And that's to be expected. Because if you don't have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare the voters. If you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.
You make a big election about small things.”
These are the type of prose that attract all and persuade swing voters. They are uplifting like a kind of therapy. Unfortunately, Obama needed to throw out the red meat early on to fire up the base due to the prolonged primary battle and extended healing process. Splitting his speech could cost Obama depending on when swing voters tuned in or what part of the speech the media runs time and time again over the long weekend.