Ezra Klein is no great writer:
Obama’s finest speeches do not excite. They do not inform. They don’t even really inspire. They elevate. They enmesh you in a grander moment, as if history has stopped flowing passively by, and, just for an instant, contracted around you, made you aware of its presence, and your role in it.
He is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over flesh, over color, over despair. The other great leaders I’ve heard guide us towards a better politics, but Obama is, at his best, able to call us back to our highest selves, to the place where America exists as a glittering ideal, and where we, its honored inhabitants, seem capable of achieving it, and thus of sharing in its meaning and transcendence.
But Klein doesn't have to be an artist to appreciate fine art. In this case, the art of bodyslamming fools.
One shouldn't underestimate the help this should bring to Obama in the coming days. Yes, Huckabee has Ric Flair in his corner, but he's wasted that gift to fawn over Chuck Norris. Don't expect Obama to make the same mistake.
But I say to John McCain, you must realize that when you step into Skydome, when you feel the energy that is gonna run wild throughout the arena, those are my people. That's my energy brother, and John McCain, this is where the power lies man and the power of the Barackster, the largest arms in the world. And once I get you down on your knees John McCain, I'm gonna ask you one question brother. I'm gonna ask you: do ya wanna live forever? And if your answer is yes John McCain, then breathe your last breath into my body. I can save ya, my Obamaniacs can save ya. We can turn the darkness that you live in into the light. We can save all your little mccainiacs with the training, with the prayers, and the vitamins. But I gotta prove one thing to all my little Obamaniacs out there, it's not whether you win or whether you lose, the only thing that matters is what kind of winner you are or what kind of loser you are, and John McCain, I sure hope you're a good loser brother.
Obama's a great public speaker, but he's about to learn from the master.
HT: khomotso at OO.