President Obama spoke at the University of Illinois on Friday.  He delivered an honest, reasonable and thoughtful speech that shocked Americans who had forgotten that such a performance from a president or former president was possible.  In case you missed it, here’s video and a transcript from PBS:

Obama reminded us that we, the voters, have the power to change our nation’s political direction.  We can’t wait for Mueller or anyone else to bail us out and put the brakes on a corrupt president and a criminal administration.  But it means that we activists have to stay engaged and energized, and above all we have to work hard to get out the vote.

Obama noted that only one-in-five registered voters showed up for the last midterms, which is an abysmal number in the world’s flagship Democracy.  So anything we can do to urge our family, friends and neighbors to vote could make a difference.  One political forecasting outfit last week had Delgado winning by 800 votes, while Nate Silver at 538 now gives Delgado a 4 in 9 chance–less than 50/50.  So we have our work cut out for us.  Let’s take nothing for granted.

I’m heartened by the number of Delgado and Smythe signs I see in the most rural pockets of Dutchess County.  Delgado signs outnumber Faso signs by at least 10 to 1.  Rhinebeck is his home town, but out in the Dutchess farmland there were tons of Faso signs when he ran against Teachout, and they have yet to materialize this time around, so the anecdotal evidence suggests Faso supporters are luke-warm while Delgado supporters are red-hot.

Let’s keep working to Fire Feckless Faso and elect Antonio Delgado…

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