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Obama and the Power of Words
The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 26, 2008 | STEPHEN F. HAYES

Posted on 02/26/2008 10:11:22 PM PST by ThePythonicCow

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One Reagan adviser had predicted such a win shortly after Reagan had become the de facto nominee the previous spring. In a memo about the coming general election contest with Jimmy Carter, Richard Whalen wrote Reagan's "secret weapon" was that "Democrats fail to take him very seriously."

Are Republicans making the same mistake with Barack Obama?

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In just the past week, conservative commentators have accused Mr. Obama of speaking in "Sesame Street platitudes," of giving speeches that are "almost content free," of "saying nothing." He has been likened to Chance the Gardner, the clueless mope in Jerzy Koscinski's "Being There," whose banal utterances are taken as brilliant by a gullible political class.

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The assumption behind much of this criticism is that because Mr. Obama gives a good speech he cannot do substance. This is wrong. Mr. Obama has done well in most of the Democratic debates because he has consistently shown himself able to think on his feet. Even on health care, a complicated national issue that should be Mrs. Clinton's strength, Mr. Obama has regularly fought her to a draw by displaying a grasp of the details that rivals hers, and talking about it in ways Americans can understand.

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The article suggests that Obama has the ability to persuade a large number of people of his leftist views, just as Reagan did for his conservative views. The article further suggests that both Obama and Reagan understood their positions better than their opponents gave them credit for, and that both benefited from an ability to present their case persuasively.

My comment: We underestimate Obama at our own peril.

1 posted on 02/26/2008 10:11:24 PM PST by ThePythonicCow
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To: ThePythonicCow

The American people will eventually realize that Emperor Obama has no clothes.

The question is, will we realize it before or after the election?


2 posted on 02/26/2008 10:13:15 PM PST by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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To: ThePythonicCow
well on the other hand he was able to convince even democrats that universal health mandates is a bad idea. Hillary was not pleased.

3 posted on 02/26/2008 10:23:17 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: JillValentine

They elected Bill Clinton, twice.


4 posted on 02/26/2008 10:23:45 PM PST by donna ("We can create Kingdom on earth" - Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: ThePythonicCow

Its not skill and intelligence, plans or experience that Obama has, because affirmative action does not require any of these to rise to a position , its more the hatred of Bush that gets him elected.

Just listen to what is the best reason to vote for Obama from a Democrat, and they won’t cite anything tangible, just platitudes and beauty contestant verbiage such as “world peace”, the only real honest value they can cite is that “he is the most electable”, which means they won’t be voting for him based upon perceived skills, but rather voting to vote against the consertiave...

Golda Meir once said, ‘Israel will have peace when the Arabs love their children more than they hate Israel.’

Likewise the US will be prosperous only when liberals learn to love their country more than they hate the conservative candidates.


5 posted on 02/26/2008 10:25:59 PM PST by seastay
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To: ThePythonicCow

I agree with your summary.


6 posted on 02/26/2008 10:27:42 PM PST by The_Republican (You know why Chelsea Clinton is so Ugly? Because Janet Reno is her Father! LOL! - Mac is Back!)
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To: donna

yeah but clinton signed bills to cut taxes including capital gains, balanced the budget, reformed welfare and he also bombed a bunch of countries.
The US didn’t turn into zimbabwe but the big problem was he was just evil.


7 posted on 02/26/2008 10:28:11 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: ThePythonicCow

His words may have power, but not near the power of words on FREE REPUBLIC!!!!!


8 posted on 02/26/2008 10:28:20 PM PST by Rennes Templar ( Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs by facts.)
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To: donna

Because of Bush Sr.’s tax hike, Perot’s third-party run, and Dole’s weakness as a candidate. Jimmah Cahtah was not elected twice.


9 posted on 02/26/2008 10:28:25 PM PST by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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To: JillValentine

Obama isn’t the negative, beat your enemy to a pulp leftist that we got with the Clintons. Tonight in the debate his behavior seemed somewhat similar to Reagan in the way he disarmed Hillary - it really throws her off too since she has a hard time being nice. He laughed when the clip of Hillary was shown talking about how the “sky would open, celestial choirs” etc. He said it sounded good to him and gave Hillary points for delivery. Reminded me of Reagan and his “there you go again”.

Unlike Hillary, Obama is likable. We’re going to have our hands full beating Obama with McCain.


10 posted on 02/26/2008 10:29:29 PM PST by Aria (NO RAPIST ENABLER FOR PRESIDENT!!!)
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To: JillValentine

Well, Jimmy Carter had a prime rate of 21.5% in December 1980, LOL.


11 posted on 02/26/2008 10:34:34 PM PST by donna ("We can create Kingdom on earth" - Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: ari-freedom

But he peddles the same socialized medicine BS ?


12 posted on 02/26/2008 10:35:17 PM PST by ncalburt
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To: Aria
McCain is a tad short on the likability quotient as well. He does crusty old man about as well as Hillary does crusty old pant suit.

If we can't paint Obama into a leftist corner, ala McGovern, we're in deep yogurt.

13 posted on 02/26/2008 10:36:50 PM PST by ThePythonicCow (By their false faith in Man as God, the left would destroy us. They call this faith change.)
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To: Rennes Templar
His words may have power, but not near the power of words on FREE REPUBLIC!!!!!

His words have put him on the verge of becoming the 44th president. The words on Free Republic utterly failed to influence the election.

14 posted on 02/26/2008 10:37:32 PM PST by drubyfive
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To: donna
And we're likely heading into a recession just in time to jinx this election.
15 posted on 02/26/2008 10:38:01 PM PST by ThePythonicCow (By their false faith in Man as God, the left would destroy us. They call this faith change.)
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To: seastay
The Dems hate Repub and consider us there enemies .
Once they are in complete control say good bye to
talk radio and the new media !
They hate this website and others ( MMalkin) and Rush more than these Mccain haters realize .
16 posted on 02/26/2008 10:38:29 PM PST by ncalburt
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To: Aria
You are correct . Most people get the Obama movement , and that is what it is. He is unlike what most folks have seen before. The pundits are out of touch. That idiot Hannity is leading the crusade against Obamas wife. Talk about a guy who just does not get it. He’s not alone , most of the old warriors are working off yesterday’s flight plans. They have been itching to go another round with the Clintons , they are unprepared for the new game . LIke or dispise Obama , he is for real , to not realize this , is born of ignorance.
17 posted on 02/26/2008 10:38:46 PM PST by fantom
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To: ncalburt

but even hillary’s new plan is miles away from her original plan or canada style single payer.

Hillary is associated with universal healthcare. It is her baby and she has invested years developing it. Once she is taken out, that’s the end of that idea.


18 posted on 02/26/2008 10:41:43 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: ThePythonicCow

ding ding ding.


19 posted on 02/26/2008 10:42:29 PM PST by ketsu
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To: fantom

that is why mccain had to denounce bill cunningham. You can’t get Obama by digging up dirt and calling him names.


20 posted on 02/26/2008 10:45:03 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: ari-freedom
Hah ... I wish.

Universal health care is one of those leftist rallying cries that will not die, until it delivers us unto tyranny first.

It's one of the more serious of the leftist cancers.

21 posted on 02/26/2008 10:45:05 PM PST by ThePythonicCow (By their false faith in Man as God, the left would destroy us. They call this faith change.)
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To: ThePythonicCow
I take Obama seriously.

I also think he believes in his leftest views.

But...

His leftest view implemented will produce the exact opposite of his stated goals. That’s why he’s a fool. Foolish behavior produces the opposite of the desired outcome. Not only will the poor be poorer, so will everyone else.

Basically his solutions are feel good solutions that don't take into account the long term consequences. You can't take from productive people and give it to nonproductive people and increase a nation's wealth. It does just the opposite. Money is a tool. Take away that tool from people who know how to use it and give it to those who don't and we as a nation produce less. The less we produce the poorer we all are and the less we can do on any number of fronts.

22 posted on 02/26/2008 10:45:42 PM PST by DB
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To: ThePythonicCow
I have never posted lyrics before, but heard this great song from the past ;) and felt it was just so appropriate regarding the "esteemed" Sen. B.H.Obama...:

Cult of Personality
by Living Colour

Look into my eyes, what do you see?
Cult of Personality
I know your anger, I know your dreams
I've been everything you want to be

I'm the Cult of Personality
Like Mussolini and Kennedy
I'm the Cult of Personality
Cult of Personality
Cult of Personality

Neon lights, A Nobel Price
The mirror speaks, the reflection lies
You don't have to follow me
Only you can set me free

I sell the things you need to be
I'm the smiling face on your T.V.
I'm the Cult of Personality

I exploit you still you love me
I tell you one and one makes three
I'm the Cult of Personality

Like Joseph Stalin and Gandhi
I'm the Cult of Personality
Cult of Personality
Cult of Personality

Neon lights a Nobel Prize
A leader speaks, that leader dies
You don't have to follow me
Only you can set you free

You gave me fortune
You gave me fame
You me power in your God's name
I'm every person you need to be
I'm the Cult of Personality

23 posted on 02/26/2008 10:47:31 PM PST by xhrist ("You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body. " - C.S. Lewis)
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To: fantom

I think what we need to do is focus on his policies i.e. apparently pro-partial birth abortion, etc. He’s pro-illegal but then so is McCain! So that’s a no-go. I don’t want to be in Iraq 100 years but I don’t think we should ive it to Al Quida by 1/30/2009 either.

I probably agree with some of his ideas if I understand them properly - the American worker has been left behind in NAFTA, etc. I don’t want to talk to someone in India for tech support. Why can’t we make our own steel? I’m afraid we are bankrupting ourselves. We need our own energy, we do need to re-invest in the US. Drudge says gas could go to $4/gallon. The euro is now $1.50.

I’m not saying I’m voting for Obama....I can’t handle the liberalism....but I can see how he makes sense. I don’t like what our side has been doing. That’s why I liked Fred - I thought he would have taken us back to reality.


24 posted on 02/26/2008 10:49:27 PM PST by Aria (NO RAPIST ENABLER FOR PRESIDENT!!!)
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To: drubyfive

I know but I was just trying to generate some enthusiasm...


25 posted on 02/26/2008 10:49:28 PM PST by Rennes Templar ( Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs by facts.)
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To: ThePythonicCow

one of the reasons why I support reimportation of drugs from canada is that it would put a heavy strain on their system. Price controls would collapse as canadians would be paying for cheaper drugs for us (and there are a lot more Americans than canadians). Combine that with a harper govt and you could see the end of socialized medicine there.


26 posted on 02/26/2008 10:50:25 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: ThePythonicCow
My comment: We underestimate Obama at our own peril.

I agree.

27 posted on 02/26/2008 10:52:33 PM PST by nutmeg (Obama supporters: Drink the Kool-Aid? Yes we can!)
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To: ari-freedom
Not really, he pushes the same single payor plan .
I should know that is part of my job.
That is a key part of his radical wealth redistribution plan.
He is a socialist and mentioned that plan in his Marxist rant after his WI primary win !
28 posted on 02/26/2008 10:54:17 PM PST by ncalburt
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To: Aria

I’d rather have Americans making money
http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=MTc2NDRkOGY5NmUwOGZiMWE3NDEzOGE3YzdiYTAwNGM=


29 posted on 02/26/2008 10:55:22 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: ari-freedom

They flock to FLA and S Texas in the winter for the health care.


30 posted on 02/26/2008 10:56:10 PM PST by ncalburt
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To: ThePythonicCow

The idea of Universal healthcare has been around since FDR. Truman picked up the banner after FDR died, and it was also part of Nixon’s agenda.


31 posted on 02/26/2008 10:59:54 PM PST by counterpunch (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl32Y7wDVDs)
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To: xhrist
More details for those "Cult of Personality" lyrics:

32 posted on 02/26/2008 11:03:38 PM PST by ThePythonicCow (By their false faith in Man as God, the left would destroy us. They call this faith change.)
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To: ari-freedom

Clinton *raised* taxes and did not balance the budget. The Republican Congress did the latter by refusing to spend the additional tax revenues that came from the tax increases that the Democrats and Clinton had passed in ‘90 and ‘93.


33 posted on 02/26/2008 11:03:46 PM PST by Post Toasties (It's not a smear if it's true.)
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To: counterpunch
Obama is a Daley and radical union hack lawyer and there front man.
He is a member of the Democrat Socialist of America of Chicago.
The unions see socialize healthcare as a way to bail out the stupid car industry they have soaked for years with outrageous health care demands.
34 posted on 02/26/2008 11:04:33 PM PST by ncalburt
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To: ari-freedom

Thanks! That helped to see the bigger picture. That’s the sort of thing we’ll need more of to hold the White House.

I think this $4/gallon gas prediction has got me freaked out. There was a caller to Rush the other day who was going on and on about how the cost of energy is going to kill our economy. His restaurant used to cost $5500 for energy a short time ago (can’t remember how long) and his most recent monthly invoice is 11k. This guy, who has been in business for years, must be thinking that no one will be able to afford to eat out anymore if this keeps up. The guy made sense and Rush agreed with him. They said the Sierra Club and their ilk are ruining our economy.


35 posted on 02/26/2008 11:04:56 PM PST by Aria (NO RAPIST ENABLER FOR PRESIDENT!!!)
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To: ari-freedom
I don't understand ... how does our reimportation put a strain on canada?
36 posted on 02/26/2008 11:06:28 PM PST by ThePythonicCow (By their false faith in Man as God, the left would destroy us. They call this faith change.)
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To: drubyfive; Rennes Templar
"The words on Free Republic utterly failed to influence the election."


...for both parties.

;o(

37 posted on 02/26/2008 11:08:00 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: counterpunch
Yup. FDR was a sort of soft Stalinist, killing us gently instead of by Revolution.
38 posted on 02/26/2008 11:08:17 PM PST by ThePythonicCow (By their false faith in Man as God, the left would destroy us. They call this faith change.)
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To: Post Toasties

Of course, to be fair, ‘Read My Lips’ was also complicit in passing the ‘90 Democrat Congressional tax increase.


39 posted on 02/26/2008 11:10:37 PM PST by Post Toasties (It's not a smear if it's true.)
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To: ncalburt

I know he’s a liberal and really for a single payer plan. But that’s not the debate he’s having vs Hillary. He appears to want less coercion, no universal mandate and even democrats can identify with that and dumping hillary because of it.


40 posted on 02/26/2008 11:12:29 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: ari-freedom
Do you want your cyanide in a single, strong bitter dose, or slipped gently into your morning coffee, with sugar and cream, over a period of weeks.

Obama sells gentle Marxism. Hillary is a bit challenged in the gentle touch department.

41 posted on 02/26/2008 11:16:07 PM PST by ThePythonicCow (By their false faith in Man as God, the left would destroy us. They call this faith change.)
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To: ThePythonicCow

canadian drugs are cheaper because of price controls. It is totally artificial. If we buy drugs from them then Canadians have to pay a high cost just so that we have cheaper drugs


42 posted on 02/26/2008 11:17:03 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: ThePythonicCow
I certainly do NOT underestimate him. In fact, he is not only more dangerous than Slick Hillie--he is much more electable!!

Remember, Slick never got 50% of the vote. With her polarizing personality, and very, very high negatives--there is no way she could ever get elected.

Hussein, on the other hand, is eloquent and mesmerizes his audience (heck, they even faint when they see him). He is a much, much bigger threat (which is why Republicans voting in any remaining elections should vote for Slick Hillie--since the longer we can draw out the Dem primary process, the better).

43 posted on 02/26/2008 11:20:41 PM PST by stockstrader
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To: ari-freedom
I am understanding you as far as the artificial price controls part. But I am still confused as to why, if we buy from them, they will have to pay more. I'd have thought it would just be the drug companies getting paid less (because a higher percentage of their sales went to price controlled markets.)
44 posted on 02/26/2008 11:21:55 PM PST by ThePythonicCow (By their false faith in Man as God, the left would destroy us. They call this faith change.)
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To: ari-freedom

I really don’t think its that .
The Dem voters are just sheep and the old media is telling them that Clinton are finished and support the other radical leftist.


45 posted on 02/26/2008 11:25:30 PM PST by ncalburt
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To: stockstrader
One could argue that regardless of which one, Hillary or Obama, one wanted to see represent the 'Rats in the general, drawing out their primary fight is a good deal for us.

I will confess to being torn as to how I should vote next Tuesday, in the Texas primary:


46 posted on 02/26/2008 11:30:20 PM PST by ThePythonicCow (By their false faith in Man as God, the left would destroy us. They call this faith change.)
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To: ThePythonicCow

he is selling it to democrats though. The story is that even liberals are rejecting hillary’s mandates.

Also, she earned her chops on this issue. Look up universal health care in the dictionary and you’ll see her picture. If she wins the WH, she could claim a clear mandate for health care reform. Obama’s mandate would be very fuzzy.


47 posted on 02/26/2008 11:30:38 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: ThePythonicCow

then there will be a shortage of drugs for canadians. Canada care would break the way the old soviet union did. And if PM Harper is still in charge, he’d be more than happy to help.


48 posted on 02/26/2008 11:34:53 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: ari-freedom
All that just goes to show that Obama could make a living selling refrigerators to Eskimos. Hillary couldn't sell fur lined parkas to Eskimos.

Either way, even if McCain wins, we will continue to fight a rear guard action against encroaching Universal Health care until the fight is totally lost. We're just discussing here how long it will take to lose that fight.

49 posted on 02/26/2008 11:36:02 PM PST by ThePythonicCow (By their false faith in Man as God, the left would destroy us. They call this faith change.)
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To: ari-freedom
Why?
50 posted on 02/26/2008 11:37:22 PM PST by ThePythonicCow (By their false faith in Man as God, the left would destroy us. They call this faith change.)
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