Barack Obama Speech Thread
by Jonathan Singer, Tue Feb 19, 2008 at 04:54:17 PM EST
Barack Obama is speaking to supporters in Texas following his apparent win in Wisconsin. Have at it...
Update [2008-2-19 21:42:18 by Todd Beeton]:Obama is pushing early voting. "Don't wait until March 4th, I want you to start voting tomorrow."
Update [2008-2-19 21:47:47 by Todd Beeton]:"What we're trying to do here is not easy and it will not happen overnight. It will take more than big rallies. It's going to take more than rousing speeches. It will also require more than policy papers and positions and websites, it is going to require something more...Washington has become a place where good ideas go to die."
Update [2008-2-19 21:57:8 by Todd Beeton]:This is Obama's standard stump speech. In the past, he's used election nights to launch new speeches (i.e. "Yes We Can" in New Hampshire) or new language, not so tonight.
Update [2008-2-19 22:7:42 by Todd Beeton]:Here he goes sending some dog whistle right-wing talking points to those red state Democrats in Texas:
"I believe in the free market. I know Texans believe in entrepreneurship. We are an independent and a self-reliant people. We don't believe in government doing what we can do for ourselves. But when we've got CEOs making more in 10 minutes than ordinary workers are making in a year, and it's the CEOs who are getting a tax break and workers are left with nothing then something is wrong and something has to change."
I mean, I get that he's framing an essentially progressive value, that government should have a role in improving people's lives, just using right-wing talking points, but why is he so intent on changing right-wing foreign policy conventional wisdom yet so content to buy into right-wing frames on domestic policy, from taxes to Social Security to healthcare and now government, in what he considers to be a winning strategy; why is it OK with progressives that he does this on domestic issues, but not OK when Hillary Clinton "sounds like George Bush" on foreign policy?