Hosanna! I have seen the light! 28 August 2008Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
Workers put the finishing touches on the set in preparation for the evening [Todd Heisler/The New York Times]
… it just did not mean much. A good, political retail speech, better than average (by far) but again, a list of promises… Are you, by any chance, expecting the “same medical coverage as congress has”? I hope not. The phrase has become a glib toss off to Democratic audiences for years now…
And what of war – and war business..? Impossibly murky and growing more so every day.
Transcript: Barack Obama’s Acceptance Speech (August 28, 2008)
And Gore? Lordy:
“Take it from me,” Gore continued,” if it had ended differently, we would not be bogged down in Iraq, we would have pursued bin Laden until we captured him. We would not be facing a self-inflicted economic crisis; we would be fighting for middle-income families. We would not be showing contempt for the Constitution; we’d be protecting the rights of every American, regardless of race, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation. And we would not be denying the climate crisis; we’d be solving it.”
I don’t think that any arm of The State will ever be hunting, much less hunting down, bin laden. But it sells well, especially to the party out of office. And good cover for shifting the war focus.
Who knows what is coming. I think we are slipping and sliding from ice floe to ice floe..
The farthest I ever felt comfortable in going w/r/t what Gore would have done differently, he would have read, himself, the August 6th 2001NIE. He would have. I don’t know that we would not have gone to the second war…
Silber pits Gore’s words against the Principles of the Nuremberg Tribunals… and the old question, do they hear themselves?
…before he entered the White House, Abraham Lincoln’s experience in elective office consisted of eight years in his state legislature in Springfield, Ill., and one term in Congress –- during which he showed the courage and wisdom to oppose the invasion of another country, that was popular when it started, but later condemned by history.
“The experience Lincoln’s supporters valued most in that race was his powerful ability to inspire hope in the future at a time of impasse,” Gore said. “He was known chiefly as a clear thinker and a great orator, with a passion for justice and a determination to heal the deep divisions of our land. He insisted on reaching past partisan and regional divides, to exalt our common humanity. In 2008, once again, we find ourselves at the end of an era with a mandate from history to launch another new beginning. And once again, we have a candidate whose experience perfectly matches an extraordinary moment of transition.”
That stuff is worn out. For one, they can’t talk about Obama’s record… too little of it. So, they allude he has the potential of being a latter day Lincoln.
One thing I saw when he got to Washington, he had no interest in settling down and figuring out how to maneuver the senate. On the move. And he became very “blank”… I had expected him to be quiet, lie low, figure out the lay of the land… he was obviously in a tough spot, but blank I did not expect.
Above all, it is so clear how little regard the Democratic party has for the voter, at all points in the process. Quelle surprise…