I do not know which to prefer
the beauty of inflection or the beauty of innuendo
the sound of the blackbird whistling
or just after. —Wallace Stevens
So, Obama, having a terrible, no good, very bad day, insinuates that Sarah Palin is a pig and John McCain is old, smelly fish. Ostensibly he is speaking of their attempt to call familiar policies “change”—Obama evidently forgot to trademark that!—but he waits for the crowd to catch his insinuation, which they clearly do. Glenn Reynolds collects reactions, and Shrinkwrapped psychoanalyzes them.
Maybe it’s just his failure to live up to the hype, but Obama strikes me as a poor speaker. He’s like a third-rate high-school debater grasping for a point he has trouble articulating clearly and forcing an attempt at humor. The media has been giving him As on C-minus work, and now that people are seeing him for themselves, and seeing Palin, who actually merits As, the contrast between the reputation and the reality is shocking.