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25 July 2007

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Drum

my comment would be that we are on the verge of a global depression if we are not in one already. Race (Obama) and sex (McGreevy, Paterson, and Spitzer) serve as nice distractions as the world economy goes down the toilet.

Emma Bell

OBAMA'S SPEECH WAS ABOUT MOVING BEYOND RACE TO ADDRESS IMPORTANT ISSUES--ECONOMIC, ETC.--RATHER THAN BE DISTRACTED. READ THE SPEECH BEFORE COMMENTING THIS WAY. THIS IS A MOMENT FOR THOUGHT, NOT KNEE-JERK REACTION, DRUM

Drum

Sounds like someone's been Obamatized. Was there any fainting?lol.
I saw and read "the speech". Unfortunately, everyone is still talking about race and whether "the speech" stopped any slide in the polls. To me that constitutes a distraction. My main point is that it would have served him better to give a "National Discussion about the impending depression" and saved the "national discussion about race" for a less dire time. It was also a "knee jerk" reaction on his campaigns part to give "the Speech." The attempt to distance himself from pastor Wright, who by the way is pretty much "Wright on" should have been done at some other point, if at all. The Democrats and the media have now spent an entire week focusing on recondite issues of race, and the tabloids have been full of gubernatorial sexual escapades (my other distraction point), and whether or not "the speech" actually moved us beyond the issue of race. This all during the same week that has seen the bill come due on the housing bubble and its resultant contagion currently working its way through wall street. Obviously we should move beyond race, but did the movement have to start this week? This is not just Obamatimes fault, clearly the media has fostered a horesrace mentality, as they always do (more distractions). But he took the bait. And I would contend that he did so in an effort to regain momentum, and to stop any slide rather than to "move away from race." I applaud any effort to "move away from race" but there must be priorities.
Both candidates should have been hammering the Bush administrations policies and the deregulation that created the subprime problem, and discussing ways to help those on main street not just wall street, all week. This would have gotten us beyond the issue of race without discussing race. Problems with race relations will still be there after the depression, they will not be solved or put behind us based upon a single "national discussion."

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