posted on Aug, 21 2008 @ 06:11 AM
reply to post by Open_Minded Skeptic
Most people disagree with your assesment that Obama gave more intelligent answers. In fact, McCain has gotten a large jump in the polls out of this,
and Obama is starting to get into trouble. Here is an article that puts things into perspective.
Bad news should wake up Obama, experts say
Funny but the link doesn't want to paste properly, and the article has already been taken off of Googles news page.
Two examples from Saddleback that Lakoff and others said underscore Obama's troubles:
-- McCain - asked his reason for running for president - confidently outlined a strong message of "country first," urging service to America. That
idea, dominant in McCain's message and the theme of the GOP convention, showed that McCain Republicans have "figured out the formula" of effective
campaign communication - and brilliantly melded ideas touted by both Presidents Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy.
-- Obama, in contrast, delivered a far more nuanced plea for empathy and building bridges across party lines instead of a more direct answer - telling
voters what those values would mean specifically "to your children, your future, your environment," said Lakoff.
The article has more to say, but I thought these were good examples.
Personally, I have never been impressed by Obama when he is answering questions. His answers are usually muddied, and primarily filled with empty
rhetoric. He manages to sound like he is saying something profound, but when you evaluate what is being said, it adds up to nothing.