People want The Sermon, not Obama's well-turned thoughts on foreign or economic policy. What the crowds crave from this scrupulous agnostic is his proven capacity to deliver the ecstatic consolation of old-time religion—a vision of America that transcends differences of race, class, and party, and restores harmony to a land riven under the oppressive rule of a government alien to its founding principles.This is honestly one barrier to getting excited about Obama. I took a jab at one line from his Iowa victory speech Sunday, but really it wasn't just the one line. And Obama does empty well. That worries me.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Ed Brayton has a nice demolition of vapid political advertising. Meanwhile, Andrew Sullivan offers a bizarre contrast: