I have been struck by the way people, such as callers to talk shows, have expressed that they were ‘shocked’ by Obama’s speech yesterday, that they had not expected such forthrightness at all. I chuckle, because Obama gave exactly the speech I expected of him. :)
What I said of the Ohio sham ‘debate’: Hillary Clinton seemed to be treating it like a boxing match, at a key point throwing an attempted ‘knock-out punch’ when Barack Obama ‘denounced’ but did not ‘reject’ Louis Farrakhan; Barack Obama, on the other hand, was simply answering the questions. Why shouldn’t he do similarly when giving such an important speech? My expectations of Obama were not pre-colored by expectations of what a ‘politician’ (a class term) would do, but were based on Obama’s past behavior.
(BTW there is a simple though powerful way to turn a class term into a name of some individual, which is to use a subscript or similar notation. For example: politician1 = Hillary Clinton, politician2 = Bill Clinton, politician3 = Barack Obama, politician4 = Silvio Berlusconi, and so on. Such a method, borrowed from mathematics, has several advantages, including that it explicitly includes the class term, and that it assigns an arbitrary order to the individuals.)
I just recalled that I have referred to ‘button-pushing speeches’ also as ‘E Plabnista’ speeches. How did Barack Obama begin his speech yesterday? Yes, indeed, he began as follows: ‘We the People, in order to form a more perfect union.’
See why I half-jokingly use Star Trek for my ethical examples? :)
But, more, this is the power that I said Obama was capable of applying, if only he would quit the E Plabnista.
(Thom Hartmann, returned from Darfur, just called Obama’s speech ‘stunning’. This is the word people are using.)
I’m seriously concerned that John McCain is suffering from some form of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Yesterday we saw how Joseph Lieberman had to correct McCain, who was saying ludicrous things about Iran and al Qaeda—too ludicrous even for professional liar Joe Lieberman. But I have been concerned since, a few months ago, I think, McCain had Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin mixed together and confused in an eerily Reaganesque fashion—I mean the way Reagan, in his dementia, had his own identity confused with those of his movie roles. McCain was talking about Angela Merkel but called her Vladimir Putin and used masculine pronouns.
I’m really concerned that McCain has a serious brain condition.