Today, the Third day of the Democratic National Convention, contained the most damning attacks on the worth of John McCain as a candidate. His alleged strength on National Security has been clearly exposed by the Democrats as a weakness. It was pointed out that John McCain was wrong about Iraq and Barack Obama was right, that Barack was right about Afghanistan and McCain was wrong. All of tonight’s speakers were crushing in an emotional plea to America, telling America that if George Bush is bad, and almost everyone agrees that he is, then John McCain, by dint of being of the same mind, and voting for the Policies espoused by The Bush Administration is bad for America….
….and dammit, the Democrats did it right. Joe Biden and Bill Clinton, along with Evan Bayh, Madeline Albright and a great many other speakers both well known and Unknown made the same point with strength and frequency, that Barack Obama’s policies are better than those of his Opponent in this horse race, That John McCain is, for all intents and purposes, another incarnation of George w. Bush.
I am going to throw a video or two at the bottom of this blog.
The Beginning of the night was just a rip roaring party, a festive little lovefest of each state having a delegate, usually a prominent state leader, sometimes well known, sometimes not, who would tout the states rich heritage, and then tell how many delegate votes each person got…after that is the nomination process, which was basically several important people in the party first nominating and then seconding said nomination. Pageantry, richly choreographed, and well done.
The touch of having Hillary Clinton speak for the New York delegation and then ask that Barack Obama be named the Democratic Presidential Candidate by acclamation was a really nice touch. It had the effect of the Clinton’s actually Handing the torch to the Obama’s, very well done.
Noteworthy speeches: Tammy Duckworth, a real American hero, lost both her legs after her helicopter was shot down in Iraq, and is Still Serving her country with two prosthetic legs. Strong Woman. To hear her talk about how bad the Bushes have been with the Military, and how deftly she tied McCain to Bush, from the standpoint of wounded veteran, and of someone still serving, was deeply damning.
Bill Clinton. In no uncertain terms, he laid the groundwork for the night, which was nothing more than an all out assault on Both George Bush and John McCain from beginning to end. He blasted McCain, but more importantly, he gave a rousing and strong endorsement of Barack Obama to the raucous crowd in Denver. He was not necessarily bombastic, but he was strong and hard on Both McCain and Bush, read the transcript here. For those looking for divisiveness, they need to look elsewhere, there was none of that here.
Joe Biden. A few verbal gaffes, most notably for me was his saying McCain wanted “$200,000,000 in taxes for corporate America” when he i think meant “$200,000,000 in tax breaks for corporate America” He had a slip earlier as well, saying:
You know, folks, that’s the America that George Bush has left us. And that’s the America we’ll continue to get if George — excuse me, if John McCain is elected president of the United States of America. Freudian slip. Freudian slip.
Nice. Might not have been as Freudian as he’s letting on but it may well have been. Either way, the effect was large and pronounced. So joined at the hip in his mind are these two, Bush and McCain, that in his mind, he’s mixing up their names.
The speech was well crafted and aside from those two goofs (if goofs they were) was a solid and prolonged attack On John McCain. Read it here. He REALLY tore McCain a new Asshole near the end of the speech. Just read the transcript or catch the Viddy. It’s good stuff.
Today was a good day to be a Democrat.
That’s about it except for the Videos. First up, Joe Biden:
Next Up, John Kerry Whipping John McCain’s Ass, around 13:00 total run time:
I could not find the Tammy Duckworth speech on youtube, I might post it tomorrow. we’ll see.
That’s It for me. Later.
Today’s Nuggets, Via Wikiquote: In the case of a word like DEMOCRACY, not only is there no agreed definition, but the attempt to make one is resisted from all sides. It is almost universally felt that when we call a country democratic we are praising it: consequently the defenders of every kind of régime claim that it is a democracy, and fear that they might have to stop using the word if it were tied down to any one meaning. Words of this kind are often used in a consciously dishonest way. That is, the person who uses them has his own private definition, but allows his hearer to think he means something quite different. George Orwell
All deductions having been made, democracy has done less harm, and more good, than any other form of government. It gave to human existence a zest and camaraderie that outweighed its pitfalls and defects. It gave to thought and science and enterprise the freedom essential to their operation and growth. It broke down the walls of privilege and class, and in each generation it raised up ability from every rank and place. Will Durant