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Wednesday Night Convention Open Thread 2

I'll have some thoughts on Biden when he speaks at 10:30. Share you thoughts here.

This is a Convention Open Thread.

Beau Biden doing a very nice job in the intro for Biden.

This is a subjective thing, but personally, I do not care for Biden's delivery. To me, it is over the top. Maybe it works like gangbusters in Scranton. Does not work for me.

I dunno, I wanted an attack dog, but Biden makes it look like blowhard. Again, this is a subjective thing, but his style ain't working for me. I thought they would smooth him out a bit more than this. The alternating shouting and then into the quiet, emotional voice, too jarring.

Barack Obama arrives. He's definitely a rock star, and I mean that in a good way.

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Bill Clinton Rocks

watching now. On all but Biden, he rocked.

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Wednesday Night Convention Open Thread

Share your impressions. I'll blog President Clinton's speech below the fold at 9.

Big Dog coming up.

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Nominations And Roll Call

If you are in to that sort of thing, it is on C-Span now. You can comment about it here.

Sooo, was it cathartic for you? Me, I hate the delegate system period. Never cared for the roll call. I want a popular vote contest.

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Obama's Worst Enemies: Clyburn Still Stirring The Pot

The disgraceful Jim Clyburn, can't keep his mouth shut:

Q: During the primary, you suggested that Bill and Hillary's relationship with the black Democratic base had been irreparably damaged. Do you still believe that?

CLYBURN: I simply said that I thought that things were being said and done that could very well make the nomination of our party not worth having. I was around when the Willy Horton ads literally annihilated our candidate for president. That [sort of attack] didn't start out with Republicans; that started out in the Democratic primaries. Right now, we see the McCain campaign doing things that seem to be taken out of the Democratic primary. We see a tightening in this race. And we have nobody and nothing to blame except things that happened in the primary.

Clyburn is simply a liar. By the way, he now falsely smears Al Gore with the Willie Horton lie invented by Republicans in 2000. Do us all a favor Clyburn, STFU.

By Big Tent Democrat, speaking for me only

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DNC Protest Coverage

Here's a blog devoted to DNC protest activity. It has videos and photos and links to the other protest blogs.

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ABC News Reporter Arrested in Denver

ABC news producer Asa Enlocker was arrested at the Brown Palace today.

Police in Denver arrested an ABC News producer today as he and a camera crew were attempting to take pictures on a public sidewalk of Democratic Senators and VIP donors leaving a private meeting at the Brown's Palace Hotel.

...Eslocker and his ABC News colleagues are spending the week investigating the role of corporate lobbyists and wealthy donors at the convention for a series of Money Trail reports on ABC World News with Charles Gibson.

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Hillary's Speech: The Video

TPM posted the speech on You Tube:

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"No Way, No How, No McCain"

From last night's speech:

No way, no how, no McCain. . . . Now, John McCain is my colleague and my friend. He has served our country with honor and courage. But we don't need four more years of the last eight years...


Senator Clinton: ... more economic stagnation and less affordable health care...


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Clinton On Why Obama Should Be President

From last night's speech:

We need to elect Barack Obama, because we need a president who understands that America can't compete in the global economy by padding the pockets of energy speculators while ignoring the workers whose jobs have been shipped overseas.

We need a president who understands we can't solve the problems of global warming by giving windfall profits to the oil companies while ignoring opportunities to invest in the new technologies that will build a green economy.

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Overnight Open Thread

If you missed Hillary Clinton's speech tonight, you can watch it at this C-Span link .

If you are in Denver with tickets to the Daily Show taping Wednesday, be forewarned.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome, please be civil and no personal attacks.

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Why Isn't Sen. Barack Obama in Denver?

[Updated to show entire video]. I saw this CNN interview after Hillary's speech.

It's clear that Sen. Barack Obama has a big sales job to do on many, many Hillary supporters.

Why is he in Montana, watching the convention at a house party? Shouldn't he have come to Denver for the entire convention? It's more than half over and he's still not here. He's missed a great opportunity.

Update: Commenters point out it's tradition for the nominee not to appear at the convention until the final day. I didn't know that. Now that I do, I think this would have been a good year to break that tradition. He's got a lot of work to do and his physical presence at various events this week, and the media portrayal of it, might have helped.

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The Effect of Hillary's Speech

The media is using superlatives to describe Hillary Clinton's speech tonight.

The Republicans are saying she didn't do anything to dispel the idea that Obama lacks the experience to lead the country.

I think it's a great night for Democrats, but what will the final effect be?

Did Obama made the biggest mistake of his campaign by not choosing Hillary for his VP candidate? How many Democrats will sit the election out?

And yes, watching Joe Biden made me cringe.

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Hillary's Speech

The most electric moment of the convention so far: Hillary Clinton.

Michelle Obama, who has been shown all night long laughing and animated, is clapping but with the tightest mouth I've seen on her, as if she's totally nervous. She's constantly pursing her lips. Relax, Michelle, Hillary's on your side now.

(We keep crashing, back up site here.)

Update: She hit it out of the park. Great speech. She also outlined all the Democratic values. Not a hint of bitterness. She projects the voice of experience and leadership with supreme confidence and credibility. The consummate Democrat.

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What Is The Message?

Earlier today I attended the media round table and report on Katrina Recovery: Failed Promises...Future Prospects moderated by Ted Koppel with Mary L. Landrieu, Doug Brinkley and others. The talk was based on the major challenge facing the new administration which will need to convert this national tragedy into a triumph for the nation. "This fragmented recovery is a mirror on America," was one of the themes, which I will post in depth here and at Huffpo after I turn in a manuscript that was due yesterday.

Quoting Arianna yesterday produced so much venom in the comments that I probably won't do it again here! But, Fearless is a good book nonetheless.

How about a quote from Fear And Loathing on The Campaign Trail '72? [more...}

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