February 17, 2008


Clinton's attacks on Obama's oratory called into question (Donald Lambro, February 17, 2008, Washington Times)

"Speeches don't put food on the table," she said last Thursday at a General Motors plant in Warren, Ohio. "Speeches don't fill up your tank, or fill your prescription, or do anything about that stack of bills."

"My opponent gives speeches. I offer solutions," she said.

It is a staple line in her campaign speeches in one form or another. "You can choose speeches or solutions. You can choose talk or action," she said in Cincinnati on Friday.

But some party strategists who have been involved in many presidential campaigns think the attack strategy is ineffective at best and self-defeating at worst because it seems to smack of a self-acknowledgement that Mr. Obama has better communications skills — a chief requisite for an effective presidency.

"I don't think it's a smart attack, unless she can make the 'all talk, no accomplishments' charge stick. Clearly, when good oratory is linked to action, it enhances the effectiveness of the action," said a veteran Democratic adviser who asked not to be identified.

...that there are no corresponding actions. His rhetoric is especially empty because he's never done anything with it.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 17, 2008 10:19 AM

But, as innumerable Obama-groupies post incessantly, he has lots of position papers available for you to read on his web site. And if you haven't read them then you are just a lazy putz.

Posted by: ray at February 18, 2008 12:12 AM

Another "Where's the beef?" candidate.
Somehow, I don't think Hillary Clinton will get as lucky as Walter Mondale.

Posted by: Mikey at February 18, 2008 1:10 PM