THE GROFF/ELLISON POLITICAL REPORT

The Michelle Factor …

Posted in Uncategorized by groffellison on August 26, 2008

Upbeat, positive characterizations abound regarding Michelle Obama’s Monday night love-fest for her husband and Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama. The overall mood in the Denver Pepsi Center is festive and nostalgic, particularly following Sen. Ted Kennedy’s (D-MA) sudden appearance, which was to a degree a surprise given the current state of his health (confirming whispers throughout Denver since this past Saturday however of a Sen. Kennedy visit to Mile High). On a quick note, putting the Kennedys at the top of the prime time evening line-up may have helped mend differences within the Democratic Party. Additionally it sends another implicit message of yet another prominent, larger-than-life, White old school politician further validating the African American Senator.

The Senator’s brief Kansas City appearance put a nice topping on it, complete with impromptu Sasha Obama “Hi Daddy” plugs. This was the moment to bring a somewhat down-to-earth appeal to the candidate many have perceived as somewhat aloof or arrogant. The interesting thing here is that the candidate who, on the face of it, provides a scene of middle-class family nirvana is the one who is being pegged as “elitist.” Hence, the critical need for Michelle to offer something more than ultra-scripted political rhetoric. Indeed, for at least one night, she may have closed much of that perception gap.

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