Arianna Huffington on Tuesday night’s speeches:
“As luck, and poor scheduling, would have it, Barack Obama and John McCain gave their Super Tuesday victory speeches at roughly the same time last night, causing cable news directors across the dial to go split-screen, then finally jump from the tail end of McCain’s speech to the first part of Obama’s.
The overlapping oratories could not have been more dramatically different. One soared; the other plodded. One caused goose bumps; the other caused eyelids to flutter shut. One felt newly minted; the other could have been given by Herbert Hoover (and maybe was).
For some reason, I kept picturing a singer like Perry Como standing in the wings during the old Ed Sullivan show, watching the Beatles hit the stage, and thinking: “What do I do now?” or “Oh. My. God.” or “The world just changed, didn’t it?” or “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”