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The Dali Lama is in Ann Arbor this weekend and I urge everyone to take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity.
“You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. Â And they fell through the Clinton Administration and the BushÂ Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonnaÂ regenerateÂ and they have not. Â And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations”
It’s now been more than a week since Barack Obama uttered those words. Â In the intervening time, Hillary Clinton and John McCain have bashed him as an elitist and Obama himself has said that he chose his words poorly. Â Maybe if the goal is to win a presidential campaign, he did, but if the goal is to tell the truth, he was right-on. (more…)
2008 has had it’s Dukakis in a tank moment. Desperately searching for that one moment that, despite an utter lack of policy implications can define an election, they may have found it. Just a few years after launching Barack Obama’s candidacy with fawning descriptions political abilities, they have decided to kill it. Profits and profits alone drive media coverage, and the profit maker de jour is out of context quotes from Barack Obama’s ex-pastor.
Pardon Zach Martin’s unfunny title, but Obama’s speech yesterday has generated a lot of discussion (see Tom Duvall’s post yesterday). Here’s an overview of press and pundit reactions, humorously compiled by NYMagazine.
â€¢ Maureen Dowd was pleased that Obama was confident enough to walk into a gray area, regarding his relationship with Reverend Wright, and step down from his pedestal for a moment. [NYT]
â€¢ The Wall Street Journal editorial board was completely unimpressed: “His ideas are neither new nor transcendent,” they groused. [WSJ]
â€¢ Dan Balz said the speech, a test of leadership, went beyond a political rescue mission and will live on beyond his presidency. [Trail/WP]