Sunday, September 12, 2010
With the exception, I think, of Ronald Reagan, most of the pols known for speechmaking in the past thirty years have been Democrats: Barack Obama, Ted Kennedy, Mario Cuomo, Jesse Jackson, and Bill Clinton all have had much-praised oratorical skills. So two questions...first, are there great conservative orators who I'm missing? Doesn't have to be at the presidential level -- I'm looking for names from anywhere. Second, and especially if you don't have names to give me, why do you think there's an imbalance? Over the time period, I can think of a whole lot of excellent Republican pols, but none of them were really (at least not in my view) particularly good at giving a speech. Do you think it's just luck of the draw, or is there a reason?