Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Why, if Hillary doesn't muck things up, Obama is already our next President.

So I'm watching the primary results on CNN last night, when this interesting little contrast happened:

OBAMA:...That is what hope is, Madison, that moment when we -- when we shed our fears and our doubts, when we don't settle for what the cynics tell us we have to accept, because cynicism is a sorry kind of wisdom.

When we instead join arm in arm and decide we are going to remake this country, block by block, precinct by precinct, county by county, state by state, that's what hope is.

There's a moment in the life of every generation when that spirit has to come through, if we are to make our mark on history. And this is our moment. This is our time.


And where better -- where better to affirm our ideals than here in Wisconsin, where a century ago the progressive movement was born?


ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: If you want to continue listening to Senator Obama's speech, you can log on to

Senator John McCain is speaking live in Alexandria, Virginia.

Let's listen in to him.


SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R-AZ), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: But we know where either of their candidates will lead this country, and we dare not let them.


They are going to promise a new approach to governing, but offer only the policies of a political orthodoxy that insists the solution to government's failures is to simply make it bigger.

They will appeal to our dreams of a better future for ourselves and our families and our country, but they would take from us more of the wealth we have earned to build those dreams and assure us that government is better able than we are to make dedications and decisions about our future for us.

They will promise to break with the failed politics of the past, but will campaign in ways that seek to minimize their exposure to questions from the press and challenges from voters who ask more from their candidates than an empty promise of, "Trust me, I know better."


They will paint a picture -- they will paint a picture of the world in which America's mistakes are a greater threat to our security than the malevolent intentions of an enemy that despises us and our ideals, a world that can be made safer and more peaceful by placating our implacable foes and breaking faith with allies and the millions of people in this world for whom America, and the global progress of our ideals has long been the last, best hope of Earth.


You give people a choice between hope and fear (or rather, vague, undefined hope and specific, paranoid fear) and they'll choose hope every time.

And notice how Obama talks about "us" and John McCain-Feingold talks about "them."

Go read the transcript of both speeches. If Barack Obama is the Democrat nominee, John McCain-Feingold is headed for an embarrassingly Mondale-esque ass-whupping.

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