Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow dissect the various styles of the Democratic candidates after the Nevada debate. How refreshing to have a true discussion about the candidates rather than get distracted by media-driven memes.
Every candidate from the beginning of time has run on the grounds that they’re going to change something. That’s what they do, left right and center. I mean, Bush has even admitted that were he running for a third term, he’d be running as the change candidate. So the way you make it a compelling story is that you tell voters not just that you want to bring about change, but why you think change needs to happen and what needs to be changed in order for these problems that vex our nation to be brought around so that they are…so that we’re in a better place.
And I think that Obama and Clinton and Edwards are actually identifying what needs to be changed in three really different ways. I think Hillary Clinton is saying the Republicans and Bush need to be out and Democrats need to be in. I think John Edwards is saying the special interests and the lobbyists need to be out and the people need to be in, in the populist way. And I think that Barack Obama is saying that he needs to be in because he can transcend the differences across the political divide right now. There’s three very different visions of what you would do to the country if you had the reins.