Thank you for putting this on the web. I don’t have television (cable too $$). I hi-jack my internet by sitting close to the window. All day I was looking forward and counting the hours til Obama was on and then when he was, no one streamed it live. I searched everywhere….then this morning I found you. With my coffee I sat quietly listening this past half hour. I want to hear everything this man has to say. Very well done, this man is something special, I don’t believe anything any politician or pudnit says yet Obama……..I think I believe him. Despite the slick, production….I believe him. Thank you again for putting this on the web.
I pulled this off Electoral-Vote.com. I believe it really sums up last night and McC’s response.
What is noteworthy about this campaign is McCain’s response. He just attacked Obama more, saying he is not ready to be commander in chief and his economic policies would undermine our national security. He is also making robocalls–in Arizona (!)–a state that wasn’t thought to be competitive. What is so astounding about this strategy is that most Republicans worship Ronald Reagan, not so much due to his specific policies, but for the tone of his campaigns and administration. He was always talking about hope and “Morning in America,” rarely attacking his opponents. McCain could easily have countered Obama’s film with an upbeat message saying: “I also believe in a good future for America, but a future produced by hardworking Americans like Joe the Plumber, not by government bureaucrats.” He didn’t do it. Just attack, attack, attack. You can see Atwater-Rove-Schmidt writ large on McCain’s whole campaign. Spend all your time tearing down your opponent, rather than saying what your plans are. The weird part of this is that before 2008, McCain was not an attack kind of guy. His most noteworthy bills in the Senate are the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill (which passed) and the McCain-Kennedy immigration bill (which didn’t). And Russ Feingold and Ted Kennedy aren’t just any old Democrats. Feingold is tied for being the most liberal member of the Senate and Kennedy has been a champion of progressive causes for decades. So McCain has a long history of being practical senator working with the other guys to get things done. Nary a word about his many accomplishments. Just attack, attack, attack. Historically, when one candidate offers hope and one offers fear, hope wins.