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    Speech, Counter-Speech

    Speech, Counter-Speech

    Put aside the merits of the two speeches by Barack Obama and Dick Cheney. What is interesting is the timing. I think Toby Harnden has an interesting observation:

    But the very fact that Obama chose to schedule his speech (Cheney’s was announced first) at exactly the same time as the former veep was a sign of some weakness.

    I think it’s more than weakness. Rather, Obama seems uncomfortable with dissenting voices being heard without a rebuttal. The war of words is one Obama is confident he can win if only he is heard, which is why Obama constantly is holding prime time press conferences, giving major speeches, and so on. While the need to counter-schedule a speech to offset Cheney’s previously planned speech reflects weakness for sure, it also reflects a lack of faith on Obama’s part in the ability of the American people to decide important issues.

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    commoncents | May 22, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Great post!
    I have videos of both speeches up at COMMON CENTS:

    “The war of words” = empty rhetoric. Demagoguery at it’s very best!

    How true, How true.

    Legal Insurrection has redeemed the tragedy of Cornell’s Cynthia McKinney disaster. If anyone ever wishes to curtail your free expression, please remind them that some of the alumni (who also happen to donate and to raise funds) are overjoyed to have your voice in the chorus.

    This is a really strange post. Obama is not supposed to rebut his critics? The American people are supposed to “decide important issues” without hearing a debate?

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