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Monday, November 12, 2007

Obama’s New Speech

posted by on November 12 at 14:57 PM

Posted by Ryan S. Jackson

Time’s Ana Marie Cox reports on the revived Barack Obama stump speech, which got another airing in Iowa over the weekend. Apparently she enjoyed the speech:

The speech mixed inspiration and contempt, passion and outrage, autobiography and attack. It balanced language that both harkened back to the rich, poetic phrases of Martin Luther King (he cited King’s reminder about “the fierce urgency of now”) and the less subtle patois of contemporary politics his boast that “when I’m your nominee, my opponent won’t be able to say that I supported this war in Iraq; or that I gave George Bush the benefit of the doubt on Iran,” was a deft jab to the very center of Hillary Clinton’s weaknesses in the Democratic primary. Unless you think he got to the center of her weaknesses here: “Not answering questions because we’re afraid our answers just won’t be popular just won’t do it.” Or maybe here: “Telling Americans what they think they want to hear instead of telling the American people what they need to hear just won’t do it.” And yet he ended on a soaring note: “In this election at this moment let us reach for what we know is possible. A nation healed. A world repaired. An America that believes again.”
This reported resurgence from Team Obama would seem to jibe with the newest polls out of New Hampshire: While Hillary still has a commanding lead of 14 points over Obama, she’s slipped from previous highs that had her support at 40% of eligible voters.

Here’s the video of Obama’s big speech on Saturday in Iowa:

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from real clear politics:

Iowa Democratic Caucus

Polling Data
Poll Date Sample Clinton Obama Edwards Richardson Biden Spread
RCP Average 10/10 - 11/06 - 30.0 23.6 19.6 7.8 4.6 Clinton +6.4

Zogby 11/06 - 11/06 502 LV 28 25 21 9 3 Clinton +3.0
American Res. Group 10/26 - 10/29 600 LV 32 22 15 7 5 Clinton +10.0
Univ. of Iowa 10/17 - 10/24 306 LV 29 27 20 7 5 Clinton +2.0
Strategic Vision (R) 10/12 - 10/14 600 LV 28 23 20 9 6 Clinton +5.0
Rasmussen 10/10 - 10/14 1007 LV 33 21 22 7 4 Clinton +11.0

Posted by unPC | November 12, 2007 3:08 PM

I don't care how inspiring a speaker he is--no one's going to get my vote who regards outreach to homophobes and resurrecting Rethug/Wall Street talking points about the phony Social Security "crisis" as the best ways to distinguish himself from other Democrats.

Posted by maddogm13 | November 13, 2007 12:31 PM

No Nig-Nogs for me!

Posted by IMAdrgQ | November 13, 2007 1:23 PM

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