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Murray on Obama

Charles Murray enters the lists on the side that finds more to praise than blame in Obama’s speech.

This business it not over. McCain--or his speechwriters--ought to be working on his own major speech on race. Now that the elephant in the room has been spotted, it won’t do to avoid it.

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A speech about race? McCain won't be able to gain any ground with a speech on race, but - as I said in the thread below - he should take a shot at religion in America, and try to weasel his way out of/away from the John Hagee and Rod Parsley endorsements he received (and, more importantly, sought).

Hagee may be a creep, but McCain didn't attend his church for 20 years. Hagee didn't preside at McCain's wedding, and McCain didn't use a line from Hagee as a title for his book.


It's hard to see McCain gaining politically from a speech on race. He is under no obligation to try to educate the voters unless it would help him win votes.

"Hagee may be a creep, but McCain didn't attend his church for 20 years. Hagee didn't preside at McCain's wedding, and McCain didn't use a line from Hagee as a title for his book."

So if all of that is true, it makes it that much more puzzling why Mr. McCain would seek Hagee's endorsement.

Also, here is the best analysis of Obama's speech that I've read thus far.

Obama didn't give a speech on race until he had to for reasons of the sheerest political desperation, which both suggests that there is no mileage for McCain in plunging into this topic, and incidentally also tends to undercut Obama's high-toned pretensions--if having a "national conversation" about race is supposedly so important, why did the ObamaMessiah speak systematically on the topic only when forced to by the prospect that his hopes for higher office would melt away in the glare of the Reverend Wright's white-hot black-power (no puns intended) lunacy?

The issue that McCain really needs to come out strong on sooner rather than later is not race, but the economy.

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