Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

July 28, 2004

by J

Johnny E. In The House

John Edwards is at the podium.... Will take some notes on this entry and then repost it....

Nice. Tribute to his parents first thing. Already making me cry.

(By the way, it looks like they axed the John Mellencamp performance because of time. Too bad. Did like the veterans and senior military tribute...)

"Decisive. Strong. Is this not what we need in a commander-in-chief."

"Real American values."

You know.... he seems to be starting out slow and a bit pedestrian, but probably that's deliberate...

"Aren't you sick of it?" (The negative attacks..)

Reject the hate... Yes indeedy.

"Big HMOs, Big Insurance Companies ... against the Washington lobbyists."

Now he begins the two Americas theme. "We can build one American ... no longer have two health care systems."

"It doesn't have to be that way."

"paycheck to paycheck."

Hmm. A bit of policy meat here and there. But not keeping my entire attention.

"Reward work, not just wealth."

First generation college students' parents get a tax break for tuition. Interesting.

Roll back taxcuts for top 2%. Close corporate loopholes. Ok..

"Not in Our America." That's a good meme.

Talking about civil rights and race. Talk about it "everywhere." "It's about who we are, what our values are, and what kind of country we live in."

I don't like his buy-in to the "war on terrorism" being equivalent to "being at war." Too close to equating Bush's war in Iraq with counterterrorism. T'ain't so.

Military stretched thin.. goooo defense spending!

"bring the world together" to deal with loose nukes.

"beacon of freedom, democracy, and human rights ... is always lit."

storytelling now.. woman behind on bills whose husband was called up in the guard...

"Hope is on the way."

"When your brother calls ... When your parents call... "

Call and response. Always effective.

He's closing with "We choose to be inspired" which is how he closed his book. Good stuff.

"Tomorrow will always be better than today."

Hmm. B+, I think. But I'm a hard grader...
Posted by J at July 28, 2004 10:26 PM

Interestingly, "Hope is on the way" has the same cadence as "It's time for them to go."

I think that was "Negative, Big Time" Cheney, in 2000?

Edwards' is much more upbeat.

I look forward to the VP debate...

Posted by: V at July 28, 2004 10:56 PM

Actually, V, "It's time for them to go" was orginially Gore in 1992. Watch "The War Room", and see for yourself.
Of course, I wouldn't put it past ol' Big Time to rip it off.

Posted by: Benjamin at July 29, 2004 11:22 AM

Yep: Cheney did.

I had forgotten that he was ripping off Gore '92. No wonder it sounds so familiar - everybody says it!

Posted by: V at July 29, 2004 11:26 AM

I hate to admit it, but I fell asleep before the speech ended. That's not really a commentary on Edwards -- I thought the part I heard was very good -- I don't think anything could have kept me awake last night.

Kerry has a tough job tonight.

Posted by: Katxena at July 29, 2004 05:26 PM

Recommended Reading:

The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity: A Diplomat's Memoir
The Politics of Truth... A Diplomat's Memoir

Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush
Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush

Against All Enemies by Richard Clarke
Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror

LIES by Al Franken
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

The Great Unraveling
The Great Unraveling

The Great Big Book of Tomorrow
The Great Big Book of Tomorrow

Clinton Wars
The Clinton Wars

Blinded by the Right
Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative

Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat

Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture

Living History

The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton

John Adams

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace

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