Below are excerpts from Sunday, February 17, 2008's Talk Talk, Keeping It Lofty. Every Sunday CUIP's president Jacqueline Salit and strategist and philosopher Fred Newman watch the political talk shows and discuss them. Here are excerpts from their dialogue on Sunday, February 17, 2008 after watching "The Chris Matthews Show", "Meet the Press" and the "McLaughlin Group":
Salit: So, let me get your thoughts on one of the other questions discussed - I think this is how Chris Matthews framed it: 'Can you keep things lofty?' He's now talking of a scenario where Obama is the nominee. Can Obama keep things lofty and beat John McCain?
Newman: Thomas Jefferson was lofty. George Washington was lofty.
Salit: Yes, they were.
Newman: Is something wrong with lofty? Of course, he can keep it lofty. The American people are, it's seems apparent, responsive to trying to elevate the level of politics in this country. If they weren't, we wouldn't be talking about Obama today....