President Obama gave a speech today that framed his re-election bid as a clear choice between
government helping to lift the middle class and a return to Republican
economic policies that led to a deep recession.
A few reactions:
Andrew Sullivan: "My bottom line? A home run. Simply constructed, carefully reframed,
aggressive while positive: the Obamaites have been listening to critics
and are responding. If this is his message, and if he is able to keep
articulating it this clearly, he will win. And in my view, the
experience of the last thirty years is that he should win. If I have to
choose between a governing philosophy espoused by Bill Clinton or one
espoused by George W. Bush, it's a no-brainer. And I can't stand Bill
Greg Sargent: "The central idea in the speech -- that Washington is in a "stalemate" about how to move forward that only the American people can break -- was the answer to a clear strategic dilemma. Obama needs to figure out how to highlight GOP obstructionism of his policies in a way that will matter to the American people."
Ezra Klein: "One speech doesn't change an election, and this one won't, either. But the Obama campaign's line of attack does point to a difficulty for the Romney campaign in the coming months: Where can they show a sharp break with the policies of the Bush administration?"
Hot Air: "It took 54 agonizing minutes, the only silver lining of which is that the RNC will have plenty of material for the inevitable 'you've heard this all before' ad tomorrow."
Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire, one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.
Goddard spent more than a decade as managing director and chief operating officer of a prominent investment firm in New York City. Previously, he was a policy adviser to a U.S. Senator and Governor.
Goddard is also co-author of You
Won - Now What? (Scribner, 1998), a political
management book hailed by prominent journalists and politicians from
both parties. In addition, Goddard's essays on politics and public
policy have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country,
including the Washington Post, USA Today, Boston Globe, San Francisco
Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer and Christian Science
Goddard earned degrees from Vassar College and Harvard University. He lives in New York with his wife and three sons.
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