So long as I have some breath in me, so long as I have the privilege of serving as your President, I will not stop fighting for you... I won't stop fighting to bring back jobs here... I won't stop fighting for an economy where hard work is rewarded. I won't stop fighting... I'm not going to stop fighting... I'll never stop fighting... I'm not going to stop fighting... I won't stop fighting... I won't stop fighting... That's why I'm fighting... I won't stop fighting.... I won't stop fighting... And I'm going to keep on fighting... But we are also going to fight... there will be more fights ahead... We're having a fight... But it's going to be a fight... I don't mind having that fight...I don't know whether to laugh or, well, laugh. Who writes this crap?
It's not just that Obama is no populist, neither a 21st century William Jennings Bryan defying the cross of gold* nor a Teddy Roosevelt dripping testosterone all over the stage. It's that when you look at Obama, you don't think "fight." Never. He's not an imposing man, but a tall, skinny, gangly constitutional lawyer-looking man who can't even bowl. Seriously, who is afraid of a David Souter kicking their ass?
When Obama stands up there and says**, "fight, fight, fight," he looks like the scrawniest fourth grader in the class, mouthing off secure in the knowledge that his friends are going to "hold him back" lest he actually really end up in a fight. It's laughable and these people ought to know better.
I realize the White House is seeking a new theme; the Brown election in Massachusetts has shaken them to the core. Even they know Coakley was not as bad a candidate as everyone says***, that her loss exposed something very, very wrong in the Democratic approach thus far, and that they have squandered their entire first year - the best opportunity they'll likely ever have to do anything meaningful. They see a baby seal hunt coming in 10 months and are desperately seeking some new approach that might head that off, at least a little.
But this theme is not it. Obama is not really going to fight anybody, and everybody knows it.
* "If they dare to come out in the open field and defend the gold standard as a good thing, we shall fight them to the uttermost, having behind us the producing masses of the nation and the world. Having behind us the commercial interests and the laboring interests and all the toiling masses, we shall answer their demands for a gold standard by saying to them, you shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns. You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold."
*** Nor Scott Brown as good.