Posted by PrestoPundit on 05/05/2008

works like sorcery with left wing journalists, who see a magic pony in every steaming Obama speech.   But when you move from Democrats with bylines to actual voters, you find people in the post-Wright world are no longer mis-directed by the Obama’s slight of hand, and see Obama for what he is, another politician piling the rhetoric higher and wider as his needs change from here to there.  So says Mark Steyn.  Worth quoting:

[Obama’s] Philly speech is emblematic of his most pressing
problem: the gap – indeed, full-sized canyon – that’s opening up
between the rhetorical magic and the reality. That’s the difference
between a simulacrum and a genuinely great speech. The gaseous
platitudes of hope and change and unity no longer seem to fit the
choices of Obama’s adult life. Oddly enough, the shrewdest appraisal of
the senator’s speechifying “magic” came from Jeremiah Wright himself.
“He’s a politician,” said the reverend. “He says what he has to say as
a politician. … He does what politicians do.”

The notion that the
Amazing Obama might be just another politician doing what politicians
do seems to have affronted the senator more than any of the stuff about
America being no different from al-Qaida and the government inventing
AIDS to kill black people. In his belated “disowning” of Wright, Obama
said, “What I think particularly angered me was his suggestion somehow
that my previous denunciation of his remarks were somehow political
posturing. Anybody who knows me and anybody who knows what I’m about
knows that – that I am about trying to bridge gaps and that I see the –
the commonality in all people.”

Funny how tinny and generic the
sonorous uplift rings when it’s suddenly juxtaposed against something
real and messy and human. As he chugged on, the senator couldn’t find
his groove and couldn’t prevent himself from returning to pick at the
same old bone: “If what somebody says contradicts what you believe so
fundamentally, and then he questions whether or not you believe it in
front of the National Press Club, then that’s enough. That’s – that’s a
show of disrespect to me.”


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