interesting commentary from an article by rowland and jones (one of my thesis advisors) based on obama's 2004 dnc speech:
"What hasn't been recognized, however, about Obama's widely praised speech is that it was more about a narrative than a defense of public policies associated with liberalism as an ideology. He said relatively little about particular policies, but instead focused on reclaiming the romantic narrative we have identified for liberals. In that way, Barack Obama's keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention forecasts the possibility of a sea change in political ideology, based not on policy but on narrative preference." (p. 428)
exactly some of the criticism i've been hearing about his presidential campaign. might be worth checking out.
Rowland, R. C., & Jones, J. M. (2007). Recasting the American Dream and American politics: Barack Obama's keynote address to the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 93, 425-448.