The AP Puts Their GOP Drunk Goggles To Use

For anyone that watched Obama’s acceptance speech last night there was little question that this was one of the most policy laden speeches Obama’s ever given.

  • Tax cuts for the bottom 95% of working Americans.
  • 10 year Apollo-style timetable to eliminate our imports of Middle Eastern oil.
  • Closing corporate tax loopholes and rewarding only those corporations that employ Americans rather than ship their jobs overseas.
  • Offering any student willing to enter a community-service program a college education similar to what the GI bill did for WW2 veterans.

And really, those are just the rough ideas I remembered to write down, there were too many to keep count. If you’re like most of the American public though you get your news through one source: the locally-republished AP news feed. So what was AP writer Charles analysis? “Obama spares details, keeps up attacks“.

[…] instead of dwelling on specifics, he laced the crowning speech of his long campaign with the type of rhetorical flourishes that Republicans mock and the attacks on John McCain that Democrats cheer. The country saw a candidate confident in his existing campaign formula: tie McCain tightly to President Bush, and remind voters why they are unhappy with the incumbent.

It really boggles the mind.  Barrack Obama, apparently, isn’t able to give a substantive speech because he (gasp!) shoves the GOP’s ownership society back in their faces.  He went on the attack and not only showed why they were wrong but what he would do differently as well.  In GOP terms that’s just not playing fair apparently.  Andrew Sullivan’s take on events is exactly right here:

It was a deeply substantive speech, full of policy detail, full of people other than the candidate, centered overwhelmingly on domestic economic anxiety. It was a liberal speech, more unabashedly, unashamedly liberal than any Democratic acceptance speech since the great era of American liberalism. But it made the case for that liberalism – in the context of the decline of the American dream, and the rise of cynicism and the collapse of cultural unity. His ability to portray that liberalism as a patriotic, unifying, ennobling tradition makes him the most lethal and remarkable Democratic figure since John F Kennedy.

What he didn’t do was give an airy, abstract, dreamy confection of rhetoric. The McCain campaign set Obama up as a celebrity airhead, a Paris Hilton of wealth and elitism. And he let them portray him that way, and let them over-reach, and let them punch him again and again … and then he turned around and destroyed them. If the Rove Republicans thought they were playing with a patsy, they just got a reality check.

Olbermann’s right,

One Response to “The AP Puts Their GOP Drunk Goggles To Use”

  1. tas says:

    Babington’s editor should also take a hike, too. I understand that people’s opinions differ and some may have a different definition of what “detail” is, but what the hell was the AP expecting from Obama last night? A 200 page graduates thesis? I’m sure that wouldn’t take 12 boring hours to recite on television.

    By any reasonably objective opinion, Obama got into details.

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