Barack Obama is such a fine orator I usually prefer to read his speeches so I can analyze them without being swayed by his delivery, here’s the text if you’re so inclined but tonight I watched it live. I thought it wasn’t his best speech ever, but far from his worst too. The last five minutes especially I found myself nodding and smiling – an almost MLK cadence and a “ask what you can do for your country” message made the man sound like the democratic socialist firebrand I wish he was.
Still, my red lines are my red lines and I cannot in all conscience support him. That’s not to say I don’t understand why others would wish to and it’s not to say that I’m coming over all Nader and telling others they shouldn’t vote for Obama. My red lines are my own – your mileage may vary.
I watched Biden too and, too bad for them, no Dem Eastwood for Republicans to gloat over, just another good workmanlike speech containing some good soundbites. Romney and Ryan must be worried – they’re going to get destroyed in the debates.