Saturday, August 16, 2008
Could You Be More Specific!?!
The New York Times headlines a story about party leaders begging Obama to get real.
Fifteen governors along with state party leaders and members of Congress have noted that Obama's lofty rhetoric that by now has become hackneyed verbosity is leaving folks "vulnerable on multiple fronts despite weeks of cross-country and overseas campaigning."
About that message of hope, Barky, looks like Dems are finally calling your bluff and the only trump card you've got left in that old, stale race card you viciously used during the primaries.
Mr. Obama has run for the last 18 months as the candidate of hope. Yet party leaders — while enthusiastic about Mr. Obama and his state-by-state campaign operations — say he must do more to convince the many undecided Democrats and independents that he would address their financial anxieties rather than run, by and large, as an agent of change — given that change, they note, is not an issue.
“I particularly hope he strengthens his economic message — even Senator Obama can speak more clearly and specifically about the kitchen-table, bread-and-butter issues like high energy costs,” said Gov. Ted Strickland of Ohio. “It’s fine to tell people about hope and change, but you have to have plenty of concrete, pragmatic ideas that bring hope and change to life.”