Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Okay you all know me well enough to know that I love politics. I think I might have mentioned before that I like it well enough to watch the election results show like most people watch a sporting event. We first went out for pizza then I settled in and watched the results coming in. You also know that Well you know that I'm practically a communist, but hey that's why I live in NY now and not in Utah. (Kendra we'll have to have a lesson about how you can only be a Rep. in upstate NY not down in the City next time we get together)
Let me start my results analysis by ranking the candidates based on their post election speeches.
Obama, as is his way, was compelling and inspiring. The cadence he uses is eerily reminscent of the Black churches and has a dramatic affect on his audience. He doesn't simply speak at them but engages them and makes them a participant in the speech in a way that not even Huck can. It always impresses me and I think that's why he's risen so far so fast.
I hate to admit it but Huckabee knows how to give a good sermon. He's the complete opposite of what I'm looking in a candidate, but man he was humble and riveting. He kept his audience riveted to his every word.
As to Mitt he probably would have would have taken second in the speech but he started it out like he was opening a board or church meeting, he got rolling there at the end but the beginning was pretty soft. To paraphrase the New Testament "almost doth he convince me to be a Republican".
McCain and Clinton both gave horrible speeches. Clinton's was infinitely worse than McCain's though. McCain's came off as patronizing and his awkward miss-kiss with his wife was some of the funniest political television I've seen. Clinton's was so much worse though. Her sound system was giving off feedback for much of the speech, she had to read her notes throughout, and there was nothing new to the speech it was simply her stump speech.
As to the results I'll give McCain the win on the Republican side. It's going to be hard for Huck or Mitt to stop him so long as they continue to split votes.
As for the Democrats I'll give Hillary credit for stemming the tide of the Barack surge but he was clearly the winner. He won across the country, Hillary only won places she lived, the states that bordered places she lived, and California. Her victories were largely smaller (besides AK and TN) than Barack's. He won from coast to coast and when he won it wasn't the small victories of the Clinton campaign they were huge landslides (except Mo. and Ct.). Expect Obama to win this weekend's primaries and after the Beltway primaries of DC, Maryland, and Virginia occur expect him to be either ahead or tied with Hillary in delegates.
Now maybe I can get some sleep.