Friday, May 16, 2008

Pot Calling Kettle Black?

I think it's more like the pot calling the melon baller the kettle.

The McCain team has labeled the following to be a "hysterical diatribe."

Yes, Obama is a hysterical lunatic for insinuating that something must be wrong with Bush/McCain foreign policy.

"Hysterical" might be a word better applied to Mr. McCain's own now infamous temper:

When your fellow GOP Senators are worried about your temper near a red button, perhaps it is you that is "unfit" to protect America.

I have a distinct feeling that Mr. McCain will be "surrendering" to his own campaign advisers who are certainly NOT interested in meeting Mr. Obama in a merit-based debate on foreign policy.


jeffrey said...

Maybe not an hysterical diatribe but far from clear effective public speaking. The guy just rambles for five minutes before even getting to the point.... and by that time the audience is asleep.

I don't think he's wrong but he's a terrible terrible stump politician in the Dukakis-Stevenson category.

E said...

Do you really think so, Jeffrey?

Obama reminds you of Dukakis?

E said...

Jeffrey, now it's time to leave that stuff alone and just demolish McCain.

jeffrey said...

I'm not in the demolishing of anybody business. It's not time to do anything other than just say what I think. Obama is a poor speaker. Not in the verbally impaired semi-retarded way that George Bush is a poor speaker. But in the rambling boring way that Dukakis was... right down to the slurred and sleepy cadence.

E said...

Can you name some political speakers that you've enjoyed listening to?

jeffrey said...

I don't think it's a question of whether of not I'm enjoying it. I think it's more a question of is the candidate holding the audience's attention and getting the point across. I enjoy watching Ray Nagin and George Bush speak but not necessarily because I think they do it well. Some of the more effective speakers I've seen over the years have been Bill Clinton for his ability to appear empathetic, Edwin Edwards for his wit, and Jesse Jackson for his ability to be poetic... when he isn't going over the top. The one strength they all shared when at the top of their game was an ability to be succinct... to make a plain point and make it stick. Obama is the opposite of this. He rambles blandly until no one is paying attention and then says... nothing much... weakly.

E said...

I don't know how you attract crowds of 800,000 (like he did in Portland over the weekend) by rambling blandly until nobody is paying attention.

Did you think he was a blandly rambling when he spoke at the DNC in 2004?

jeffrey said...

Funny you should ask. At the time, I wrote that his performance was "surprisingly underwhelming".

I actually scored all of the major speakers that year. Link!

E said...

Dude, if the Saints win the Superbowl this year will you be the one guy complaining about Reggie Bush's inconsequential 2nd quarter fumble?