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At St. Charles High School in suburban St. Louis this afternoon, Barack Obama laid out the argument for the health care reform bill. He was thorough. He was clear. He made that audience understand that we must have reform and that we can, even in these recessionary times, afford it. Indeed, we can’t afford not to have it.

I’ll write more tomorrow about how he laid out that argument, but right now, I wanted to offer you the end of his speech. It’s the kind of stirring rhetoric that kept John McCain from becoming president. It’s the kind of rhetoric we should have heard regularly these last few months. Here it is, better late than never.