I got a chance to watch/listen to some of the speeches for the first night of the Democratic National Convention. Here are some of my reactions:
As expected Bill Clinton gave an amazing speech. Wow! He's great. The juxtaposition of the Democratic policies and the Republican policies was great. So was the "send me!" theme where he said that back in the 1960s a lot of men, "including the current President, the current Vice President and me...could have gone to Vietnam but didn't....John Kerry came from a privileged background he could have avoided it but instead he said, 'Send me!'" Great stuff. But I think the best part of Clinton's speech was when he said that the Republican party's policies are designed to concentrate wealth and power in the hands of the very few. And since most people don't really believe in that, the Republicans need to portray the Democrats as totally unacceptable. "They need a divided America. We don't!"
The best speech of the night was not, surprisingly enough, Bill Clinton's. Instead that honor belongs to a reverend Alston (an African American preacher who served on Kerry's swift boat in Vietnam). Actually, I have to give the edge to Clinton's speech with regard to issues but Alston won heavily on style points. The reverend was fantastic! He really had the crowd rockin'. His ringing endorsement of Kerry, the brave skipper was great.
Speaking of Navy men, Jimmy Carter gave a surprising speech. After being introduced as the house building, Nobel Prize winning saint in waiting, Carter gave a speech in which he alluded prominently to his own military service aboard nuclear submarines during the Truman and Eisenhower years. Carter made a strong point of saying that he and his shipmates had confidence that neither Truman nor Eisenhower (both of whom had served in war time overseas), would mislead them or send them into war needlessly. He made allusions to Kerry's "serving actively with honor" (pronouncing "honor" in a way that sounded more like Robert E. Lee and less like Bush) and "showing up for assigned duty." Carter alluded to human rights and the moral high ground on that issue that has been abandoned (a barely veiled allusion to Gitmo and Abu Gharib). It was clear he could barely contain his disgust for Bush. Which might partly explain why he is getting active in party politics again after so many years of staying away.
Gore's speech was hilarious. That guy is downright funny. "You win some, you lose some...and then there is that little known third category." Yet more evidence that Gore was "overhandled" by his campaign staff. I hope that is not happening with Kerry.
Overall the theme of the night was clear: JFK the heroic skipper of PT 109 - sorry, make that JFK the heroic skipper of PCF-94.
In other news: Theresa Heinz Kerry told a conservative editorialist to "shove it" because she believed he was misquoting her and accusing her of calling Republicans "un-American." We'll see what happens. My guess is she did it on purpose after they found poll numbers showing that Cheney got a little boost among the Republican base for dropping the "F-Bomb."
Did anyone else see/hear the speeches? Reactions? Comments?
Monday, July 26, 2004
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 8:16 PM