Have you seen George Soros' remarks last night at the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations last night? You can get a pretty good taste of his speech from this Chicago Sun-Times report on his appearance at the University of Chicago earlier in the day. What I can say about the speech is this: it took place at a huge ballroom at the Fairmont Hotel. The Council had set up to accommodate 1,500 people and by the time Soros took the podium they had run out of seats. It was the largest turnout for a CCFR event in more than 2 1/2 years - and that includes the panel discussions held in the aftermath of September 11. During Soros' remarks, which lasted about 40 minutes, the crowd broke out into spontaneous applause every time he mentioned the necessity of defeating George Bush at the polls in November - about four times in all if I remember correctly. Of course Soros was preaching to the choir last night, but the sentiment in the room was unmistakable: these people believe with every fiber of their body that the fate of the country and the world hangs on the result of the upcoming election. That's a powerful motivation that I have yet to see materialize from the other side of the aisle, though I suspect it will as we move closer to November.