First I can’t tell you how much I miss covering the conventions in
person, and especially one as historic as this one. Now…here’s what I
took away from it.
Senator Edward Kennedy may not see another Democratic convention,
knowing that makes one reflect on how much the “Lion of the Senate”
has accomplished and how much America’s premier political family has
lost (three sons, one to war and two to assassin’s bullets). Aside
from Lyndon Johnson, there is no elected official in history who has
fought harder or accomplished more for civil rights, legal safeguards,
and healthcare, especially for the poor. He is a living reminder of a
more pragmatic, less partisan time.
Hillary and Bill Clinton did what they had to do. Her speech was the
best I’ve seen her give, she can be so effective when she’s measured
in her delivery, so unlike some shrill, harsh speeches of the past.
Bill did what he always does, he hit every mark, nailed every salient
point…but I didn’t feel the sincerity. It seemed to me he was saying
“Vote for Obama, but Hillary was better, and I’m the best there ever
Watching Obama last night I was at first disappointed, feeling it was
beneath expectations…but about halfway through he seemed to reach a
perfect pitch, stronger, more confident, more…Presidential. And he
seemed to relish the coming campaign and debates with John McCain.
Finally, my favorite lines from the Denver speeches.
“John McCain, a man who has earned our respect on many levels, is now
openly endorsing the policies of the Bush-Cheney White House and
promising to actually continue them. The same policies? Those
policies, all over again? Heh, I believe in recycling…but that’s
ridiculous”! (Al Gore)
“John McCain calls himself a maverick, but he votes with George Bush
over 90% of the time…that’s not a maverick, that’s a sidekick”! (Bob