For those of us who haven't been taken in by the "new kind of politics" hype, for those of us who have been asking our Obama supporting friends, "Yeah, but what's he going to do? How is he going to be able to wave a magic wand and bring all the partisanship to heel? How is it that he can be so eloquent on the stump, but seems so unfocused in the debates?"
It's all starting to make sense now. It appears that David Axelrod has a one-size-fits-all candidate suit. As Taylor Marsh puts it:
Rhetorical flourishes are inspiring, especially when they're authentic. The problem comes when they're canned.Even Jake Tapper, no Hillary lover by any stretch of the imagination, notes:
It does seem to me that this issue may also be one between Obama and his supporters, not just Obama and Patrick. Thousands, if not millions, of Americans are inspired by Obama's words. They do not think they are "just words." But many of them also likely think they are at least somewhat original.And before the Obama supporters come over to tell me that it doesn't matter, that this troubling pattern of "borrowing" and claiming for one's own is irrelevant, please be prepared to tell me at the same time, what ONE issue does Barack claim as his line in the sand? Give me one, just ONE issue where he has taken a stand and says there is no room for compromise. And please don't tell me that he opposed the Iraq war because I will ask you, what exactly has he done in the US Senate since being there that hasn't been identical to Senator Clinton?
I don't want someone who is willing to concede any point before negotiations even start. This is not operating from a position of strength.
I don't want a motivational speaker for President. I am not looking for an Orator-in-Chief. I want someone who has a deep understanding of the intricacies of policy and who has gone to bat for the issues I care about, even after being knocked down, time and time again.
I want someone who will stand up for what's right, even when the recipient of her support slaps her in the face. Yes, I am talking to YOU MoveOn. For those of you unaware, when the Republicans forced a vote to condemn MoveOn.org for their Petraus/Betray Us ad, who voted to support free speech and who ducked out on the vote?
I want someone who can walk in to a meeting and be so well-versed on a subject that she knows what questions to ask and of whom to ask those questions.
I want someone with well-thought out plans for how this country can restore the middle-class, create new jobs while weaning us off oil, who realizes that the cost of secondary education is out of reach for some and has a plan to help. I want someone who is willing to fight for universal health care.
I don't want someone to tell me "Yes we can!"
I want someone who says "Yes we will!"
(Edited at 10:11) Ooh. This sounds familiar!