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Monday, March 24, 2008

The Obama Speech - Victor Davis Hanson Nails It

I opened NRO and saw that V.D. Hanson had posted a piece on Obama's speech last week. It was one of those "Gee, I wish I had written that" moments. What a great way to start the morning.

The Obama Crash and Burn
If he acts as if the Wright controversy is behind him, it's over for

By Victor Davis Hanson

The latest polls reflecting Obama’s near-collapse should serve as a
morality tale of John Edwards’s two Americas — the political obtuseness of the
intellectual elite juxtaposed to the common sense of the working classes.

For some bizarre reason, Obama aimed his speech at winning praise from
National Public Radio, the New York Times, and Harvard, and solidifying an
already 90-percent solid African-American base — while apparently insulting the
intelligence of everyone else.

Indeed, the more op-eds and pundits praised the courage of Barack Obama,
the more the polls showed that there was a growing distrust that the eloquent
and inspirational candidate has used his great gifts, in the end, to excuse the

Read the rest here.

Your Co-Conspirator,

Comments (2)
Brian said...

It is indeed a great article:

His summary of the Obama speech is spot on.
The more the pundits gushed about the speech, the more the average Americans thought, “Wait a minute — did he just say what I thought he said?” It’s not lost on Joe Q. Public that Obama justified Wright’s racism by offering us a “landmark” speech on race that:

(1) Compared Wright’s felony to the misdemeanors of his grandmother, Geraldine Ferraro, the Reagan Coalition, corporate culture, and the kitchen sink.

(2) Established the precedent that context excuses everything, in the sense that what good a Wright did (or an Imus did) in the past outweighs any racist outburst of the present.

(3) Claimed that the voice of the oppressed is not to be judged by the same rules of censure as the dominant majority that has no similar claim on victim status.

Far from being the greatest speech since Martin Luther King's "I have a Dream" speech, it will be remembered as a death knell speech.

Instead of dismissing race and the race card in politics, he went all-in. That's just a small indication of the desperation his campaign must be feeling.

ptg said...

Excellent analysis. Will it be "over for Obama" before the Democrat nominee is ascertained? Don't forget all the "death knells" Hillary has been hearing lately.

If Obama is nominated, will the stink of Rev. Wright and the aroma of the Landmark Race Speech stick around until November?

These democrats keep me guessing.