June 3rd, 2008

Obama

Three Speeches, Three Candidates, Three Venues

McCain had an audience of maybe a hundred (est.) in Kenner, LA. You could make out individual cheers easily. His background sucked (kelly green) and the production values were not up to standards one would expect of a presidential candidate. It was practically cheesy. Plus McCain is a mediocre speaker. I like the guy on The Daily Show, but it didn't translate to a major speech.

Clinton had an audience of less than a thousand (est.) in NYC. She spoke well, if irritatingly to this Obama supporter. Her audience was enthusiastic. And she had all of the viewing audience's attention because we wanted to know if she'd concede or continue to the convention and what she wanted, i.e. VP slot, cabinet position or whatever. I think she wants her healthcare plan to pushed through Congress, with appropriate credit. She made no decisions and kept us in suspense.

All I could think of was how much better she was compared to McCain, even if she wasn't my first choice and has pissed me off in the last couple of months.

Obama had a crowd of 17,000 (plus an overflow crowd of 15,000) in St. Paul, MN. His audience was enthusiastic. Michelle and Barack did a really cute hand gesture (kinda sporty team fist thing) before he spoke. He spoke well and positively about Hillary Clinton. He talked about the change he wanted to make and ridiculed McCain's speech he gave earlier in the evening. He did have a couple of instances where he said the wrong word, but a good speech. Clinton probably gave the best speech of her life, but I think Obama kept up with her.

And then I compared Obama to McCain. Tim Russert said that McCain needs to work on his stagecraft. I think that's the understatement of the year. Even the Right (like Kristol and National Review) weren't impressed.

Obama's Speech vs. McCain's--Jonah Goldberg
Substance aside, Obama crushed McCain in all other ways that matter. Aesthetically, politically, rhetorically etc, it boiled down to Godzilla versus Bambi. And, amazingly enough, McCain was Bambi.

I'm feeling good about November.