Republican pitbull Alex Castellanos says that, after that acceptance speech: “whoever didn’t get picked for Republican VP today may be a lucky Republican.”

It was truly an exceptional speech. He didn’t overplay the day’s anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Sure, his nomination is a huge step towards the realization of that dream, but had he said that, he’d have been attacked as arrogant. His attacks on McCain were razor sharp, but never crossing the line into cruelty (a line I’ll admit to having crossed already, and one I’ll only respect when McCain starts treating it like it means something).

The contrast between Obama and McCain is stunning. Here’s a passage from Obama?s Speech:

These — these are the policies I will pursue. And in the weeks ahead, I look forward to debating them with John McCain. But what I will not do is suggest that the senator takes his positions for political purposes, because one of the things that we have to change in our politics is the idea that people cannot disagree without challenging each other’s character and each other’s patriotism.

In other words, a campaign and a debate that treats people fairly, not impugning their motives but considering the substance of their claims.

Immediately after the speech, the McCain campaign responded by impugning Obama’s motives and engaging in petty attacks on Obama’s character, not on the substance of what he said. The McCain camp called the speech “misleading,” without citing any actual errors of fact. It then states that Obama has no record of bipartisanship, despite his bipartisan work with such die-hard conservatives as Dick Lugar and Sam Brownback. As Chuck Todd and TPM point out, the McCain camp is basically speechless.

I, however, am fired up.


  1. #1 Marge
    August 29, 2008

    It was a great convention and last night was especially inspriring. I appreciate your comment about not overplaying the anniversary of Dr. King’s famous speech. But later, on Tavis Smiley, there were two well-known black leaders who were criticizing him…”he couldn’t bring himself to mention Dr. King by name”…”he was reduced to a ‘preacher from Georgia'”. I thought it was an effective way of recognizing the day and the history. Everybody understood and I think Dr. King would approve.
    I’m still speechless about McCain’ choice. Who? Now, neither side can say much about youth, inexperience, lack of foreign policy experience, so maybe that’s a good thing. Anti-abortion women will be happy, but I don’t see how Hillary supporters can vote for that ticket.

  2. #2 llewelly
    August 29, 2008

    I don’t see how Hillary supporters can vote for that ticket.

    A swath of the press has subscribed to the right-wing think-tank created notion that Hillary supporters are so simplistic and clueless that a woman as McCain’s VP would win the votes of Hillary supporters. The soap-opera like feel attracts the attention of the ill-informed. Thus the press loves the idea. McCain benefits because it gets him press attention – not because it might get him any Hillary supporter votes. The pandering to creationists is surely more important though.

  3. #3 Phaedrus
    August 30, 2008

    It was a stirring moment. Almost makes you forget Obama lied about his support for telecomm immunity, and then voted to violate our fourth amendment right to privacy – or maybe it does make some forget, or maybe most didn’t even know.

    Vote Obama, and we’ll have the best health care a police state can afford.

    Note : for full disclosure, voting McCain would be much, much worse.

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