Thursday, October 30, 2008
The InfomercialEve Fairbanks, writing at The New Republic, offers a sharp take on Obama's 30-minute wonder:
Look, the performance was scripted, so I won't extrapolate too broadly on Obama's actual character from it, but the person he presented himself as tonight was a listener, a gatherer of stories, a reporter, somebody who's interested in the pure, gritty texture of his interlocutors' lives, and not merely in the way their lives happen to illustrate his abstract positions.It was the best thirty minutes of the campaign - half an hour without a single instance of character assassination, race-baiting, or lies about the opposition. Refreshing to say the least. I am so ready to vote.
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Defend the bad against the worse."
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