Democratic Convention – Day 1

Some thoughts:

Pelosi: Dud. I like Pelosi but this speech didn’t seem well rehearsed. Her delivery was freakily animatronic and stumble prone. Not a great start.

Jesse Jackson, Jr.: Better. He’s more like an Obama, Jr. than the original Jesse J. He got the blood pumping a little, got the crowd involved.

Kennedy: What a well done, deeply moving tribute to Ted Kennedy. Beautifully produced and moving, it set the tone for the convention by invoking his family’s patriotic service to this country and his own long, dedicated career to serving the neediest among us. My wife was in tears (and, nearly, so was I).

Jim Leach: The voice of Kermit the Frog? I was asleep until he started ripping the GOP. Quite right on every score. The GOP has gone insanely off the rails. In all seriousness, a good, sober speech by the Dems very own Joe Lieberman. Mark Shields reports that Leach wrote this speech himself. “Little is riskier to the national interest than more of the same.”

McCaskill: “C’mon, America, let’s use our common sense…” She’s enormously likable, reminds me of the good witch in the Wizard of Oz. Kept the embers stoked.

Michelle Obama: What an unusual and effective speech. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything like it. She clearly believes what she’s saying, and delivered the speech with warmth, maternal grace, and emotive longing. Absolutely striking. A true generational shift, a post-60s speech by a woman with a post-60s perspective. An absolute home run!

And then very cute to see the Obama family say good night. Their family is the American ideal. It demonstrated so effectively the complete nonsense of this “messiah” business. He is, simply, a real father and husband (something McCain certainly is not).

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