This was his last national hook-up before Hyper Tuesday, so he needed a home run. I think he just hit one.
Sounded magnanimous in victory, even drew a cheer for his opponents from the crowd. Reminded them that we’re going to have to come together in November, no matter who the nominee is. Then gave a quick review of his best attack lines against HRC, framing her as the agent of the status quo and himself as the agent of change.
But there are real differences between the candidates. We are looking for more than just a change of party in the White House. We’re looking to fundamentally change the status quo in Washington — a status quo that extends beyond any particular party. And right now, that status quo is fighting back with everything it’s got; with the same old tactics that divide and distract us from solving the problems people face, whether those problems are health care they can’t afford or a mortgage they cannot pay.
Lots of effort to de-racialize the result (against the tide of the mass media, which stressed the racial element over the 2-to-1- stomping element). Then the combination punch:
The choice in this election is not between regions or religions or genders. It’s not about rich versus poor; young versus old; and it is not about black versus white.
It’s about the past versus the future.
Lots of process and unity talk, mixed with (admittedly abstract) references to key domestic issues. And then back to the well-told anecdotes and “Change – Hope – Yes we can!”
Overall, maybe not quite as strong as the Iowa speech, but well into the top decile of Obama’s range, which means that it was a much better speech than anyone else running this year could deliver.
Full text at the jump. Video here (I hope.)
Footnote query He told a story about an old woman who’d sent in a money order for $3.01, “with a verse of Scripture tucked inside.” Maybe the point was just that she was poor and pious, but is the number supposed to point to a specific verse?
Update A reader answers the question:
The significance of the amount isn’t a particular verse of scripture. I thought it was an amazingly subtle little joke. If someone buys something for $3.01, you are going to have to make change.
If this is right — and I have to admit that it sounds right — that joke is somewhere west of “subtle.”
Meanwhile, a Kossack commenter finds the right passage, Mark 12:41-44, the parable of the widow’s mite:
And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.
And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.
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