Finally, it's over with Barack Obama the nominee. I thought the three speeches last night were a fantastic study in contrast and could actually be taught in classes of political persuasion.
First McCain was just awful. In front of some lime green screen in a high school gymnasium with about 200 obviously bused in supporters. It was old, it was tired, it was zzzzzzzzzz. Sorry, fell asleep just thinking about it. The speech was bad enough on its own but then compared to BHO, it was dreadful. Whoever thought it was a good idea to have McCain give a speech right before Obama should be fired.
Hilary, oh Hilary. Why does it always have to be about you? Her speech was petulant, it was small. It was all me, me, me. It was even condescending. She's directing people to her web site so that they will send her more money. She doesn't congratulate Obama, she still claims she is the popular vote winner (which is false btw). Fine don't concede just yet but at least have a little bit of grace and humility, class even. If you didn't think this race was about Hilary only and not what is best for the Democratic Party or the country, I don't see how you could hold that same view after watching that classless speech.
Having the bar lowered practically to the ground, it didn't take much for OHB to shine, and he didn't disappoint. Right from the beginning with Michelle, who gave him a little fist bump and thumbs-up, Barry had the crowd. What was nice was that it wasn't about Obama. It was about us. He took it to McCain also, not just pointing out McCain's flaws and closeness to Bush but also contrasted against 2000 McCain. Reminding us that not only will McCain be tied to W, but also to a former, more pure version of himself. The speech ended on a rousing note with the crowd:
...if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. This was the moment–this was the time–when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves, and our highest ideals.
UPDATE: Here's a pretty good recap by someone who was there.
Wow. Now that is a speech. Any way the prelims are over. Let's get to the main event!