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The stimulus gets a salesman: Obama fired up in front of the Democrats.

“This isn’t some abstract debate.”

Barack Obama tells the House Democratic Retreat (the right audience for the kind of emotional contagion he needs) exactly why the stimulus is critical: the job numbers; the unemployment claims; the would-be hard workers forced onto food stamps. He even gets in a plug–pun accidental but now intended–for hybrid cars.

His tone in addressing Republican zealots who don’t understand, or don’t care, that the best stimulus is, in fact, government spending might be summarized in Ring Lardner’s words: ” ‘Shut up,’ he explained.” (That’s around the end of the short video clip. The President does not, in fact, use those words.)

The House Democrats already knew all of this. The intended audience is us; more specifically, your friends who read fewer blogs than you do. Send it along.

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Afterthought: Now that the times have a’changed, can’t we fire the mole at C-SPAN who gave the clip the headline “President Obama Attends Democrat Conference”?

Author: Andrew Sabl

Andrew Sabl, a political theorist, is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Ruling Passions: Political Offices and Democratic Ethics and Hume’s Politics: Coordination and Crisis in the History of England, both from Princeton University Press. His research interests include political ethics, liberal and democratic theory, toleration, the work of David Hume, and the realist school of contemporary political thought. He is currently finishing a book for Harvard University Press titled The Uses of Hypocrisy: An Essay on Toleration. He divides his time between Toronto and Brooklyn.