It's exactly the kind of thing Obama needs to be doing in the midst of an epic meltdown in the financial markets. Simplify the set. Strip out the fancy graphics. Drop the preacher's voice. Look right at the camera, and let people know that you are hearing them, taking it in, and prepared to respond. Except for the hopey-changey crap near the end about unity and getting past bitter partisan fights, we wholeheartedly approve this message. We loves us some bitter partisan fights, kids, and we want our Dems to be ready to rumble from Day One.
Oh, and check out this strat memo thoughtfully prepared for Obama by battle-scarred Dem William Galston. It is excellent. Our favorite passage?
Like we said: Take off the gloves, dude.
This is not about you alone; it's a matter of political responsibility. Millions of Americans have invested their hopes and dreams in you, and you owe it to them to campaign effectively, which isn't happening right now. Yes, the McCain campaign is replete with exaggerations, evasions, and outright fabrications. It's your responsibility to defeat them, not complain about them. If this means listening to advice you don't want to hear, and getting out of the "comfort zone," so be it.
This post certified Palineologism-free, but we can't resist dropping in a tasty morsel of Paliniana (oh, oops -- accidental Palineologism!) that dropped into our in-box today, even if everyone else in the world has already seen it:
We are still not making an endorsement of Obama/Boredom, but the havoc in the financial markets is a sobering reminder that it probably wouldn't be a good idea to give Republicans four more years to wreak economic destruction. (But remember our current, official position on the presidential election: If you live in a swing state, vote early, vote often, and vote Democratic.) Mostly, though, we felt like giving a little bit of mid-week love to all the Obamaniacs in our pack. We hope the latest Times/CBS poll is relieving some of your recent stress. Y'all are good dogs, too, and Roxie's World hearts every single one of you. Peace out.
P.S. To the person or persons who finally succeeded in getting us hooked on Project Runway: Thank dog Joe can finally go home and spend more time with his kids! We were over his straight-guy-among-the-fashion-queens act weeks ago. Sayonara, sucker. But, seriously, folks, can we talk about the truly nasty ageist comments directed at the moms featured in tonight's episode? I tell you, it was almost enough to get the aging bitches in this house up off the couch in indignation. Almost.