Oratory makes a comeback

Published 6:39 pm Wednesday, August 12, 2009

State Treasurer Kay Ivey spoke to a group of 4-H leaders here in Selma Wednesday.

It’s easy to see why so many people like her. She’s dynamic and filled with energy.

Ivey is a Republican candidate for governor. She’ll be a popular one on the campaign trail just because of her style of delivery. She’s not short on gestures. Whether you agree with her politics or not, she makes perfect sense when talking about leadership, effectively working with people and getting along.

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Her speeches are spiced up just enough to keep people interested and sometimes to keep them laughing.

The gentlemen candidates on both sides of the political fence will be hard-pushed to match her style and energy.

The only other candidate who seems as comfortable in his skin as Ivey is Artur Davis, the congressman from the 7th District, who wants to be the first African-American governor of the state.

While he isn’t as animated, Davis emanates a kind of leather jacket cool, which draws in a crowd. He’s cerebral, where Ivey is more folksy.

But the energy is there, although it’s more in reserve. The old days of orators seem nearly over. With Davis and Ivey on the stump, though, this might be fun.