USA Today/Gallup shows a 10% lead, but Gallup is not as accurate as Zogby, which shows a 4% lead. Either way, it appears that the tide is swinging.
This interview on CBS's Face The Nation on Sunday morning, gave McCain time to lay out some of his message and vision for the country. Kudos to Bob Schieffer for a brilliant and thoughtful interview, and for the respect he showed to McCain.
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Now let's contrast the class of a Bob Schieffer, with that of a couple of MSNBC guys.
MSNBC is removing Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews as the anchors of live political events, bowing to growing criticism that they are too opinionated to be seen as neutral in the heat of the presidential campaign.The old reassigned routine, eh? Not much in the way of rectifying the extremely biased coverage that has already been presented, but it's enough for now. You know it must be bad, when even the most partisan of hack media organizations begin to realize they may be too partisan.
But beyond the backlash that has been witnessed of late, the real meat of the matter comes from the difference of the candidates, the different worldviews, the different ways they both want to lead the nation. Obama hasn't convinced very many undecideds, but he does excel at oratory communication art forms, when the teleprompter is on.
His weakness in selling his case is a result of a multitude of things. But let's stay with this for a minute.
Anytime I watch an interview, I am watching, listening to, and processing:
1. What he/she is saying.
2. How he/she is saying it.
3. His/her body language while he/she is saying what he/she is saying.
What is said, is important. For example, Obama's proposal of wanting to tax the upper 5% and pay the lower 95% is nothing more than class warfare. It is socialist. It's Robin Hood robbing the rich to give to the poor, except there is no divine right. On another blog the other day, a commenter made this point in his own words and the respondent came back with something like, "it's not socialism, it's redistribution of wealth". It's the same thing.
How it is said, is important. Is he using double-speak (politician style)? In other words, does he sound like a used car salesman? Does he reverse himself, to get out of a jam? How about the tone inflections, the stuttering when conflicted on what to say? Many claim his stammering in tough spots means he's trying to come up with sound answers and is thinking the question through. I see it as inexperience, and the anxiety that inexperience can cause. What about the nervous laughter? It doesn't do much to exude confidence, does it? Arrogance maybe, but confidence no (and believe there is a difference).
How does he sit? After all, this is a job interview. Does he sit confidently? Does he sit like he's insecure? Does he sit smugly? How about his hand gestures? Do they fit with what he's saying? Or are they conflicting messages? So much to see and observe, so much to learn.
Watch the first installment (9-4-08) of O'Reilly's interview with Obama and see if you can note the things I see and observe. See if you can use this as a means to contrast the two candidates, and learn more about which one is best suited to be President, in the times we live in:
What did you see different? What did you hear? What do you feel? Are you convinced? Did you see what I saw?