Yesterday, I described a style of political rhetoric I call “Dean-Speak.” One of its essential features is that it appropriates the moral rhetoric that liberals developed in connection with real outrages of earlier times for everyday use against Republicans. I observed in passing that Dean-Speaking isn’t part of Obama’s political brand.
Maybe that judgment's out-of-date. Take a look at what Obama’s now saying on the campaign trail about the moral urgency of voting for Democrats in the coming mid-term election. I guess the idea is that the same well-chosen words can fire up the Democratic base and immobilize the opposition by provoking hysterical laughter.