Good post Diest (although God I wish you would lose the TKO affectation)
Let's examine it in more detail though.
Additionally, the republicans did very poorly at stealing any of the thunder.
That simply isn't the truth. The timing of McCain's announcement of the Palin selection was obviously intended to interupt the Dem convention news flow, and it worked
. I was in the Atlanta airport when he made the announcement and CNN (no FOX News they) covered it like a blanket. They tried to throw in commentary about Obama's speech, but it was obviously gratuitous.
"The Story" today was not Obama's speech from yesterday, it was the Palin selection.
You might want to think otherwise, but if you adopt an objective perspective you will have to admit that the Republicans pulled off a media coup.
The problem for them is that Bush is going to speak, and when he does, the republicans will be forced with a dilemma.
Not really. The people at these conventions (Republican and Democratic alike) are true believers they drink the kool-aide and will cheer any speaker (unless it is a windbag named Clinton who in 1988 was booed by the delegates until he spoke these words "And so in conclusion...")
The delegates are going to be way up for Bush, and don't underestimate how such a scene can impact John Q Public's perception of the man. This is Hollywood Conventions and the Republicans have proved they are as good or better than the Democrats at them.
Bush's approval rating is indeed low but the Democratically controlled congress's is even lower (single digit!). Did this stop the Dems from featuring Pelosi and Reid in their convention? Of course not.
Michelle Obama - She did awesome. What was perfect about her speech was that she painted her husband as a man, and crushed the messiah meme so shamelessly put forth by the right. Personal highlight was when she talked about workers that lost their job in Chicago.
A matter of opinion.
Good God, are you yet another Lib who loves to throw around "meme?" Really, your insistance that this theoretical concept only applies to conservatives is laughable. Have you actually read "The Selfish Gene?"
You really need to try and regard this speeches with objectivity and not partisan slavishness.
She is a decent public speaker, but she began almost every sentence with "See..." That could not possibly be the design of a public speaking coach and had to be the result of nerves. OK, not a big deal, but it does question whether or not she gave The Sermon on the Mount.
More importantly, her expression of love for America was a transparent attempt to counter her "For the first time in my adult life..." comment.
Some Dem operative interviewed by the media after the Michelle speech said something to the effect of "Well that certainly puts to bed any notion that Michelle isn't proud of America!"
Really? Do these operatives (Dem or Repub alike) really believe the American people are so stupid? Whether or not her original comments are of significance, her remedial speech didn't put the issue to bed.
If you wanted to like her speech, you probably did.
Hillary Clinton - She moved to accept Obama by acclimation. She delivered a very good speech. the highlight to me was actually the speech she gave the day before to the NY delegation. She was casual, and excited to be at the DNC. She did an excellent job helping win over many of her supporters. It felt like a return to the energy she had when she was still campaigning.
An excellent speech but it was intended (and delivered) to enhance Hillary more than Obama.
Think back to 2004 when Rudy, Arnold, and McCain all got up to speak in support of George Bush. In each instance they were almost sickening in their praise for W --- that's what they were supposed to do!
Did Hillary do the same?
No objective observer can say she did, and the camera panning on Michelle proved as much. One look (and we got many) at Michelle face during the Hillary speech told us that it wasn't what the Obama campaign wanted it to be.
Bill Clinton - Straight and to the point. Bill laid down a very easy to follow formula for the democrats to address the republicans. In short, he talked through the republican economic platform and destroyed it. Moreover, you didn't have to take his word for it, he clearly articulated exactly how each GOP idea had been tested and failed. Superb.
He was great, as usual and yet he really wasn't featured. This is a former two term president of the USA and he didn't get a primo speech spot?
John Kerry - He separated "Senator McCain" from "Candidate McCain." He outlined exactly how McCain was failing to deliver even himself to this election. He addressed the nature of the McCain camps ad campaign, and challenged us to see it what it is was.
A side note on Kerry: I'm a little mad when watching him these days. He has become a significantly better speaker, and extremely better and communicating himself with personality and charisma. WHY WERE THESE SKILLS 4 YEARS LATE!!!!!! Okay I'm done.
Please. This is an entirely partisan evaluation.
Kerry is a terrible speaker now and before. Can you spell P-O-M-P-O-U-S?
Joe Biden - Biden did a great job jumping on board. He did well at integrating himself into the momentum Obama had. His speech was good (not great IMO) but it was perfect for what it needed to be: A voice of experience validating Obama's vision as achievable.
Yes he did a good job " jumping on board. "
Something of a waste of Biden's talents, but that's the role for which he opted.
As some candidate said long ago: The Vice Presidency is like a bucket of warm piss.
Barrack Obama - Honestly, I was worried about his speech beforehand. I worried that he wouldn't adjust his speech clearly, and I was worried that he would not be firm enough. He rested every worry I had. He used numbers. He gave dates/times for his ideas; he made them measurable. He delivered with conviction and confidence his plan very clearly and showed a toughness that critics we're skeptical he could muster. He illustrated with poise that he can be firm in ways McCain can't seem to grasp.
The history rather than his rhetoric, carried the day.
Not, at all, a bad speech (I don't think he's capable of a bad speech), but certainly not a great one. What line from that speech will Americans be repeating 10 years from now? None.
An overwhelming success.
In Minneapolis, it's going to look like amateur open mic night.
You seem like a love struck teenager.
It may, indeed, have overwhelmed you, but you were poised to be overwhelmed.
The most generous polling gave Obama a 8 point bump after the convention.
That really is weak and should be worrying his campaign.
The GOP conventions have surpassed the Dem versions for, at least, the last 8 years. I suspect the organizers haven't lost their touch and they can do well without creating the utterly pretention Barrackacropolis.
But, we'll see. Hopefully you can watch it with some measure of objectivity.