It was a lollapollaza,spectateur extravanganza. What an awesome sight when the camera's scanned the entire Invesco stadium. 80k people, waving the American flag. They were fired up, and they are ready to go. Sheryl Crowe and Stevie Wonder were fantastic.The ending fireworks were a colorful climax.
Barack's speech was strong. It was great poliical rhetoric. It took the offensive to McCain, and summarized Barack's modest reform agenda.The stress on national security was also a good offense against McCain.
I personally would have liked to have heard stronger populist language. Barack could have done a political riff based on the man from Indiana, Barney Smith, who wanted Wash. to pay more attention to him, Barney Smith, rather than Smith Barney
I would like to have heard more speech repetitive attack, similar to Hubert Humphrey when he asked who supported all the postive programs of the last 30 years (in 1968), and ended each sentence with "..not the Republicans."
George McGovern had one of the best nomination speeches of the 20th century in 1972, but nobody saw it live at 3 am. The 1972 Dem. convention was revolutionary, but the democratic thrust was untidy and excessive.In that speech McGovern called on our better instincts, and called for us to "come home":
".....Come home to the affirmation that we have a dream. Come home to the conviction that we can move our country forward.
Come home to the belief that we can seek a newer world, and let us be joyful in that homecoming, for this “is your land, this land is my land -- from California to New York island, from the redwood forest to the gulf stream waters -- this land was made for you and me.”
National security includes schools for our children as well as silos for our missiles.
It includes the health of our families as much as the size of our bombs, the safety of our streets, and the condition of our cities, and not just the engines of war.
If we some day choke on the pollution of our own air, there will be little consolation in leaving behind a dying continent ringed with steel.
So while protecting ourselves abroad, let us form a more perfect union here at home. And this is the time for that task...."
Barack/Biden have gotten a bounce, and by later today, the total gain will be over 10 points.
Bring on the GOP. McCain will likely choose Romney this am...a good choice. McCain cannot match Barack's rhetoric. The GOP would like to hold the final day of the convention in a football stadium, but may have to settle for the 18th hole at a country club.
Posted by gecannon on August 29, 2008 9:42 AM