Another example of what I am talking about. An interview Obama gave to NPR. Not a stump speech for the masses. An interview that will be heard by people who can juggle actual ideas:
Steve Inskeep: Can you name one concrete thing you can do that other candidates would not do to move things forward?
Obama: Well, it is going to require the American people, enlisting them in putting pressure on Congress to make it happen. This is part of the point that I’ve been trying to make, Steve. There’s no shortage of plans out there. There’s no shortage of policy papers. This is not a technical problem. It’s a problem of politics. It’s a problem of getting a big enough coalition of people who are organized, inspired, mobilized and will then put pressure on those who are elected — in combination with a president who is able to lead — in order to get it done. There are no magic solutions here. And the problems that we face, whether it’s climate change, or health care, or making college more affordable, or dealing with our foreign policy is less a problem of, you know, getting the perfectly calibrated policy. It has to do with are we able to get people to work in the same direction, and that’s what I can do.
If we are inspired and work together we are just magically going to defeat the people who have spent the last thirty years opposing single-payer, global warming reforms, etc. Yeah. I am just a concern troll.
In a somewhat related vein, read this Barney Frank piece at the HuffPo.
BTW, for fun, I have decided that I am going to compile a list of things that Obama supporters claim he has transcended. Off the top of my head, we have race and politics.