On Thursday night, Barack Obama accepted the Presidential nomination from the Democrat Party. The speech that he delivered was powerful and sounded positively Aaron Sorkin-esque (I’ve seen “The American President” many times and heard the echoes). I have to believe that the average American watching this speech was deeply moved, and that’s what saddens me. Here’s why.
Obama warned against making “a big election about small things.” And no doubt the genuflecting media will agree with Obama that issues like “abortion” and “gay marriage” are small things about which citizens should no longer trouble their political consciences. Sadly, there are many “evangelicals” who are helping Obama make that case.
As a result of this speech, the average citizen will be moved indeedâ€”moved further away from concern about the unborn and further away from concern about the fundamental building block of society, the family. These are the “small” things that Obama encouraged citizens to forget about. Many will. Many already have.
I was struck how news anchors and analysts lost all objectivity in their coverage of this speech. Andrea Mitchell was openly weeping on MSNBC. For many minutes immediately following the speech, the cameras were kept away from Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann, who looked to have been composing themselves after crying. On CNN, Wolf Blitzer spoke about how “blessed” he was to be a part of this event. Even Patrick Buchanan was gushing. Who can compete with that kind of emotion? Not the Republicans next week. That’s for sure.
This was the best worst speech I’ve ever heard. That’s what makes it so dangerous.