cross-posted to JJP

1. McCain's speech.

Wiggity wack!!! From Left to Right, all agree he was horrible. OMG dude is actually UNinspiring. Like, I actually feel dumber and less empowered after his monotonous droning. Thank God the networks cut away. I was about ready to unregister to vote.

And did anyone catch Harold Ford on MSNBC praising this speech? That brother is so off. I feel bad for him. He wishes he were Obama, but he's not. He's trying to take ownership of Obama and his message, but it didn't work for me.

Two signs that Obama is successfully setting the agenda...

a) McCain can't even get his own campaign slogan? McCain has had 72 years to come up with his own campaign slogan, and the best he can do is "A Leader We Can Believe In?" The best he can do is to plagiarize Obama's joint? Weak.

b) He said "change" over 30 times and is desperate to distance himself from Bush, especially on Iraq, but that won't fly homey. McCain was one of the biggest cheerleaders for this illegal war. Check out some background.

Also, I just about died laughing when every single network interrupted his speech to announce that Obama was the nominee. That was a powerful metaphor representing the season in which this country exists right now. John McCain's time is up. Our time is now. Later dude.

2. Clinton's Speech. (part 1, part 2)

Update: bush just congratulated obama on his victory. if bush, who has a serious problem acknowledging reality, can do it, why can't hillary?

My immediate reaction was "Hillary managed to ruin my mood with that speech. What an utter disappointment. I really don't want her as VP. Can't wait for obama to bring me back."

Hillary really disappointed. She continued to fuel the flames of illegitimacy with her repeated claims of "18 million votes," and I got increasingly disturbed as she continued to rally her troops in a non-too-veiled bullying move.

She mentioned party unity a lot, but she set quite a defiant tone. She made lots of references to particular people's stories, and when she gave a shout out to the soldier on his third tour of duty, I had to shout, "because you sent him to war!" Couldn't help it. She has a remarkable ability to bother me, and on a night of celebration, she burst my bubble a bit.

After having more time to think about it, I think this was her last stand. She held her speech in an underground bunker with no cell or tv/radio signals. It was Hillaryland, and it was the last time she'd have for a moment like this with her supporters.

She established a character for herself as a "fighter," so she has to look like she's still "fighting." She also needs to raise a lot of "money" so this was basically a big advertisement for her debt collection agency, aka hillaryclinton.com.

For someone who pretty much assumed she'd be the nominee, this has got to sting. She didn't surprise me, but I was disappointed, as I have repeatedly been by her campaign, in her reckless decision-making.

But it doesn't matter. Because.

3. Obama's Speech

Shout out to the wife and kids and to grandma. Nice

Praises to the entire field of democratic candidates. Classy.

Recognition that running against Hillary was an honor and made him stronger. We can all agree on this last point. She was the fire to his metal, and while her many bad decisions caused a lot of unnecessary pain, Obama undeniably grew from them and has become a much stronger nominee.

Then he just bats down John McCain. It was so damn smooth yall. "We recognize his service to this country and his many accomplishments, even though he refuses to acknowledge mine." Damn Gina!

I loved his comeback on McCain about making trips to Iraq.
John McCain has spent a lot of time talking about trips to Iraq in the last few weeks, but maybe if he spent some time taking trips to the cities and towns that have been hardest hit by this economy – cities in Michigan, and Ohio, and right here in Minnesota – he’d understand the kind of change that people are looking for.

The most important to me were the following statements:
What you won’t hear from this campaign or this party is the kind of politics that uses religion as a wedge, and patriotism as a bludgeon – that sees our opponents not as competitors to challenge, but enemies to demonize. Because we may call ourselves Democrats and Republicans, but we are Americans first. We are always Americans first.

This is what let me see that Obama is running things now. He's taken clear control of this nomination, this campaign and "this party."

He's displayed solid judgment up until now, and I'm confident he won't get bullied into Hillary as VP. He just did what most people thought could not be done. He bested the Clinton family in a political contest. He out-managed, out-fundraised, and out-classed the dream team. A brother named Barack Hussein Obama. Our time is now.