Just so you can know what the heck I was talking about, I’m putting all the videos of the speeches I saw in one place — at least from the candidates that have a snowball’s chance in hell.
OK, Obama won the straw poll, and everybody seems to have been gaga over his speech — which was indeed terrific. See for yourself.
But I have to say, I was moved more by Edwards. Maybe it’s the recent dissonance of Obama’s support for coal-to-liquid, or the grotesque anti-Hillary shenanigans of his campaign crowbar crew that were rattling around in my head, and prevented me from really hearing the music of his speech.
But in any event, Edwards seemed more earnest, more real, simpler, more unaffected. When he talked about his presidential run as his mission in life — “I will speak for the poor. I will speak for the disenfranchised” — I believed him.
In short, Obama gave a great performance — which is not to be discounted or belittled in the least; we need that. But Edwards seemed to speak from the gut; yes, he covered a lot of policy ground, but it all fit in his value system, and he seemed to be personally invested.
I don’t know — make up your own mind.