22 februari 2008

Är Obamas väljare galna

Under torsdagsnattens demokratiska tv-debatt i Texas mellan Hillary Clinton och Barack Obama visade Obama återigen vilken skicklig talare han är. I ett av hans allra mest slagkraftiga replikskiften med Clinton plockade han effektivt ned hennes försök att framställa honom som en man med många fagra ord, men ingen förmåga att omsätta dessa till politisk handling.

Så här löd ett av deras replikskiften som utväxlades ungefär halvvägs in i den en timme och 45 minuter långa debatten som direktsändes i tv-kanalen CNN.

Clinton: /.../ So yes, I do think that words are important and words matter, but actions speak louder than words, and I offer -- (by cheers, applause) -- (off mike).

Obama: Well, I think actions do speak louder than words, which is why over the 20 years of my public service I have acted a lot to provide health care to people who didn't have it, to provide tax breaks to families that needed it, /.../

Now -- now, I think Senator Clinton has a fine record, and I don't to denigrate that record. I do think there is a fundamental difference between us in terms of how change comes about. Senator Clinton of late has said "let's get real." And the implication is, is that, you know, the people who have been voting for me or involved in my campaign are somehow delusional -- (laughter) -- and that -- (chuckles) -- that, you know, the -- (laughter) -- you know, the 20 million people who have been paying attention to 19 debates, and the editorial boards all across the country at newspapers who have given me endorsements including every major newspaper here in the state of Texas -- (cheers, applause) -- you know, the thinking is that somehow they're being duped and that eventually they're going to see the reality of things.

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