Sunday, January 27, 2008

He Covered

And then some. The 2-1 margin of victory was well beyond what anyone in either the Obama or Clinton camp could have imagined, or feared.

The victory speech capped off an historic week. One paragraph that has seemingly been missed:
That is the country I see. That is the country you see. But now it is up to us to help the entire nation embrace this vision. Because in the end, we are not just up against the ingrained and destructive habits of Washington, we are also struggling against our own doubts, our own fears, and our own cynicism. The change we seek has always required great struggle and sacrifice. And so this is a battle in our own hearts and minds about what kind of country we want and how hard we’re willing to work for it.

He engages the listener on a much deeper level than a politician normally does; your fears of change are what is preventing us from accomplishing it.

The rhetoric through the rest of the speech is now almost moving behind the Clintons, who are reminders of all the partisan gridlock that Obama is running against. (Whether this proves to be 'too-much-too-early' is basically immaterial; it is clear that that is the way he can win.

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