Betsy Russell’s scoop Thursday in the Spokesman-Review about Vaughn Ward’s cribbed position statements isn’t the first time Ward's words have sounded similar to another pol's.
There's a rhetorical parallel in the closing words of Ward’s Jan. 26 campaign kickoff at the Idaho Statehouse and the 2004 Democratic convention speech of an until-then obscure senator from Illinois — Barack Obama.
This is not to say Ward studied Obama's speech. Urgency and passion and unity are old-fashioned political currency. But it's fun to see how alike the two sounded as they gave the biggest speeches of their lives at the time.
Obama in 2004: “America! Tonight, if you feel the same energy that I do, if you feel the same urgency that I do, if you feel the same passion I do, if you feel the same hopefulness that I do - if we do what we must do, then I have no doubts that all across the country, from Florida to Oregon, from Washington to Maine, the people will rise up in November, and John Kerry will be sworn in as president, and John Edwards will be sworn in as vice president, and this country will reclaim its promise, and out of this long political darkness a brighter day will come.”
Ward in 2010: “As we stand on the crossroads of history, I know we can make the right choices and meet the challenges that lay before us. If you feel the same urgency and the same passion that I do, and if we stand united, and strong, then I have no doubt that our voices will be heard in November. Our country will reclaim its promise. A better day is on the horizon. And out of this darkness will come a stronger, more united nation. One that believes in personal responsibility, fiscal discipline and limited government.”