There seems to be a meme that because someone is inspiring, there has to be no substance. But they are not mutually exclusive categories.
Al Gore was known as a policy wonk who couldn’t present his ideas in an inspiring fashion. He won anyway, but that criticism was on the mark in 2000. Today, he is probably even more popular; he figured out how to present his ideas in a way that connected to people.
Now we have Barack Obama, a wonk in messiah’s clothing. It’s not that hard to determine Obama’s thoughts and positions on various issues, between his website, his books, or his speeches. His inspiring presentation of them is one of the main reasons why he is the frontrunner today, but anyone who thinks he is saying nothing has not been paying attention. They will eventually, though. How can you not?