Obama clinches nomination
According to most news outlets, and more importantly, according to Grishnash, Internal Monologue's expert delegate tracker, Obama has clinched the Democratic nomination.
I heard some of Clinton's very weird non-concession speech in the car on the way home. I hope she climbs on board. Now I'm looking for video of Obama's St. Paul speech.
Is this a preview of the Obama-McCain matchup? Let's hope so:
MORT KONDRACKE: Well, John McCain had better start working on his speechmaking and learn how to use a teleprompter. I mean, the gap, the rhetorical gap between this speech and...Oratorical gap between this speech and John McCain's was vast. John McCain sounded old. This sounded fresh and new and exciting and visionary. And he was enlisting the country to join him in a great cause. This is our moment, all of that.Sullivan is of course on cloud nine. And had a similar opinion of the Obama-McCain rhetorical matchup:
[Obama's speech] was also rhetorically more powerful than McCain - not by a small amount but by a mile. Put McCain's speech against Obama's - and this was a wipe-out. Not a victory. A wipe-out. Rhetorically, they are simply not in the same league. And if the contrast tonight between McCain and Obama holds for the rest of the campaign, McCain is facing a defeat of historic proportions.Here it is:
I think McCain trying to be the change candidate is going to be a tough sell. I can't be anything near objective in judging these speeches, but it does seem to me that Obama is in another league as far as the set political speech is concerned.