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Too Much is Too Much

It's why he'd be an excellent leader--he's level-headed, and he listens. And it's our loss if it makes him less powerful as a campaigner.

Obama can win by hammering away at McCain's lack of policy ideas, and McCain's horrible record on any number of issues. But he can't do it in this sedate pedestrian way. Perhaps it's just because McCain is on the rise that Obama looks tired. I Like Enough is Enough, but I'd like to see more of it. Not enough of enough is enough.

It could be that all that's needed is for the public getting to know Obama, get more comfortable with him. But I'm skeptical, since Obama and McCain both have high favorable ratings. It's not like in 2004 when about 50% was anti-Bush, where Kerry failed to close the deal. McCain's favorable's are well above 50%. So it seems Obama needs to frame the election as a contest of policies and orientations, and not of "narratives", or he needs to seriously bloody McCain, fast. The latter will probably not work.

I thought he was fantastic. I thought he was an adult talking to us like adults. I thought he made the Republican party look stupid for their ploys. It will indeed be sad if that is not enough.

"I thought he was fantastic. I thought he was an adult talking to us like adults. I thought he made the Republican party look stupid for their ploys. It will indeed be sad if that is not enough."

It won't be...but I think it's a good start.

Obama needs to keep this tone in the debate and play up his policies with the zeal of a Baptist preacher in ads and conferences.

As for the lipstick on a pig, I imagine that most by now have been reminded of McCain's use of the same phrase in reference to HRC's health care plan.

Obama is right, also, that the media does love to run with this bullshit. Listening to the radio, including NPR, one would think that Palin is such a great pick, quirky and energetic that she is. The hockey mom phrase from the RNC (and other interviews) got quoted a lot cause it was so darn cute.

Never mind that Palin said nothing about policy for the future administration, although golly gee she's gonna help shake up Washington. Her speech was yet another version of every other speech I heard at the RNC (and I managed to catch quite a few): McCain's a hero, a maverick, we're gonna change things, Obama=bad for America, cause 9/11 changed everything. Like the TDS coverage of McCain's speech, nobody seemed to remark about the utter repetition of the RNC. They WERE on message if nothing else, but at least the DNC addressed concerns of the population - including average Joe and Jane Blows and some policy items pre-Obama acceptance speech.

Ugh, too ranty here, but the media ain't doing their job anymore. Whoever's guarding the 4th estate is asleep and we're paying. With any luck, we can complain our asses off and get a bit of issue coverage before November.

A nice recovery from a really stupid move. I have no idea what the speech writers or his advisor's where thinking. I'm just wondering how much this will be played in comparison to Pig and Lipstick. My guess is not that much. Oh and has anyone heard from Biden?

Oh and did Obama mention that McCain used it in reference to Hilary? I haven't seen that. Would be a good thing to do and fast. Considering some polls show a huge move of female voters towards McCain after Palin joined the ticket.

"I thought he was an adult talking to us like adults."

That's the problem. The general electorate is not ready to be talked to in a serious and adult manner like this.

Remember, right before the Ohio and Texas primaries, there was that debate where Hillary Clinton made a big deal about how she was so honored and blah blah blah to be on the stage? That was, maybe Thursday? And then on Friday was the infamous "Shame on you Barack Obama!" line. And guess what, for 72 straight hours before voters went to the polls in those two states, all they heard was "Shame on you Barack Obama!" And regardless of the fact that technically, because Texas doesn't have a fucking clue how to hold an election that makes sense, Obama won Texas, Hillary won the day.

Now sure, Barack comes out and delivers the above lines, and it takes him all of 4 minutes to spit it all out. And we're all happy, cause finally, there's a politician who talks to us like we're real, thinking people capable of separating basic lies from truth.

Meanwhile, Joe in Ohio got bored and changed the channel, just after hearing "McCain camp accuses Obama of sexism" and only one minute into Obama's explanation.

What Obama needs is outrage. Somethine like, "How dare the McCain camp make such accusations! When I've fought so that my two little girls can one day live in a world where they get equal pay for equal work, while John McCain won't, how dare they make insinuations of sexism!"

The news media plays that little 15 second clip at the top of the hour, everyone hears how terrible John McCain is, plus you can segue nicely to "by the way, d'you know why John McCain refuse to support equal pay for equal work? Cause he's afraid it might get big corporations in too much trouble" and off you go with your stump speach.

I do agree Obama needs to tighten his talking points more: start off with a headline, then expand on the idea after the opening statement. But outrage? Nopes. I don't think it suits him, and it would be a weird change of persona at this juncture. Let KO and the like do the outrage (see link below). Obama can be direct and substantive with policy blurbs and never say "hope" but convey it in his manner.

"I thought he was an adult talking to us like adults."

An ad that screams, "Liar liar, pants on fire!" ,might actually be more effective.

I have gone from just not understanding my republican family's love for the right wing. To being ashamed of the excuses they make for there childish behavior.

The general electorate is not ready to be talked to in a serious and adult manner like this.

Not true. Sure, if the media will only feed people juvenile gotchas and superficial "talking points" and "spin", they will respond to that in some manner. But it will also leave a large portion of the electorate so disillusioned that they simply don't bother participating in the elections. So if you hide the issues behind juvenile name-calling in the campaigns, you end up with an abysmal 50% turnout, which the US has had for many decades. It's even lower than that in the midterm elections (36.8% in 2006). Compare those numbers with countries such as Venezuela and Bolivia, with turnouts around 80%. And the US purports to be a model of democracy to these countries! There's gotta be a joke in there somewhere.

My point is, with such a large portion of the population not even bothering to vote, maybe one way to bring them back to the voting booth is to give them what they're not getting, namely a candidate that takes them seriously and talks to them about the issues and listens to them. People are ready to be talked to as adults. Someone just has to have the guts to do it.

Yup, let KO be pissed for Obama, who should go out and set his campaign and policies in motion, keeping steady. This was a great rant that Keith's probably been holding in since he and Chris Matthews were taken off anchor for the RNC for comments made after the 9/11 footage was shown. I too am tired of the fear card.

Sadly, the Progressive Democrats of America have developed a commercial that plays the fear card against crazy old McCain, and it got voted yes, so it's gonna air. I hope it doesn't backfire, as I commented to them. I prefer to keep the fear card relegated to the neo-cons.

What commercial are you talking about? Something from moveon.org? I'm also a fan of the "we have nothing to fear but fear itself" approach. I think it's much more inspiring.

Oh, I threw away the email which linked to the video since I was so disgusted with the ad, but here's a link to the hill that discusses the ad.

“He was well-known as a very volatile guy and he would blow up and go off like a Roman candle,” Butler says in the ad, adding that McCain is not somebody he wants to see “with his finger near the red button.”

Ugh. The ad is put out by Brave New PAC, but I guess the voting was distributed through a number of networks. I know the damn ad will back fire - plain and simple.

ah - here's a link to an npr page that embeds the video from you tube.

I think this is post worthy

Inflammatory, brilliant, and right.

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