Quick Thoughts on the Five Minutes of Obama’s Speech That I Could Actually Endure
Whatever the party, I can’t believe that anybody is interested — much less enjoys — these speeches. Everything promised. Posture. Posing. Some standby lines and historical references. Black-and-white arguments and vague solutions.
One characteristic that I notice again and again with Barack Obama is his method of adding that flavor of bipartisan “change” to the rhetoric. He’ll state some policy or such that’s entirely in line with the Democrat-left playbook and then, with the air of one about to put his hand on the chest of his overzealous teammates, he’ll say, “But we must admit that… yadda yadda yadda.”
The yaddas will be some talking point that sounds vaguely conservative (e.g., “personal responsibility”), but they have no force in his policy. The proof is in his specifics and, increasingly, in his actions. Consider his lack of concession to those across the ideological divide in his choice of running mate. His apparent “no more red America, no more blue America” umph coasted him past the second-most-liberal Senator, Sheldon Whitehouse, but he he couldn’t quite bring himself to compromise with the socialist Bernie Sanders. Well known moderates such as Leahy, Boxer, Reid, Durbin, and so on were clearly out of the question.
So will be any compromise on policy should he achieve the highest office (especially with a Democrat-run Congress).