Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Attention, Pennsylvania Catholics

Barack Obama today delivered one of the most important speeches on race that your blogstress will likely get to hear in her lifetime. He took on the incendiary rhetoric of his longtime pastor and turned it into a disquisition on racial resentment, both white and black. Brilliant.

Please do watch the speech, mes amis, but don't expect one of those soaring, verklempt-inducing Obamilies. This is not his best speech, but is doubtless one of his most important.

At TAPPED today, the gang (including your Webwench) discusses why.

CLICK HERE TO READ YOUR BLOGSTRESS'S TAPPED POST ON THE SPEECH, 'THE TWO-FER.'

The Guardian
serves up Guardian America's thoughtful editor, Michael Tomasky, explaining why this speech is different than other politicians' speeches about difficult supporters.

CLICK HERE TO READ TOMASKY'S TAKE, 'IMPERFECT UNION.'

The New Republic offers the views of Michael Crowley, who doubts that Obama made a dent in the hardened psyches of working-class whites, and Jonathan Cohn gives a thorough break-down of the speech, ending up with the hope -- nearly a prayer -- that a speech so unusual can make real change for the better.

CLICK HERE TO READ MICHAEL CROWLEY, 'OBAMA'S SPEECH WAS BRILLIANT, BUT--'

CLICK HERE TO READ JONATHAN COHN, 'OBAMA'S CHALLENGE.'

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