He's not as polished as when he's giving a speech.
But the stilted, often hesitatnt nature of his speaking style in a press conference scenario is intentional. He turns it on and off. It makes him look more deliberative, like an intellectual.
Here's the bottom line: Seven minutes into the press conference he attached all GOP hesitancy on the stimulus plan to the wing-nut section of the party's economic philosophy that beleives the New Deal was wrong. So if you're in the GOP and you don't like the stimulus bill, you're de facto an extremist who believes that Hoover was right.
And by the way, it doesn't have to be fair.
I predict the conference committee will replace about 50% of the cuts to states and the bill will sail (still with predominant GOP opposition, but choreographed to give the appearance of being against it while making sure the Senate filibuster remains staunchly clotured).
If you think he did poorly in this press conference, you need to keep up. This is chess, not checkers. I'm putting this post up while he's still taking questions.
The substance . . . the purpose of this night . . . has already been achieved. What I'm watching now is gravy. (The point was to make Republicans look insane. These are dangerous words to attach to a President but I'll do it anyway: Mission accomplished)
A blog . . . in spite of how pathetic blogging actually is.
Monday, February 9, 2009
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- Darn Good Question
- Roland Burris: Dumbass
- The Time Has Come to Actually Do Your Own Thinking...
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- The GOP Will Not Ruin My Birthday
- Loyalty to the Cause
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- More on the Steele GOP
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