July 29, 2004


I admit, I don’t know much about Edwards. And after last night’s speech, I don’t feel I know all that much more. His speech made little or no impression on me. If the conventional wisdom on the right is followed, this is a good thing for Kerry, because he won’t upstage the presidential candidate.

Ah, but the right way to look at it is good speech = bad because it upstages Kerry. Bad speech = bad because… take your pick. Wet behind the ears, no gravitas, not presidential, etc.

The rightish Steve weighs in, and it turned him off. (And I believe him when he says he gave it a fair chance.)

What does this mean for Kerry and the convention? Probably nothing, as people are really waiting for tonight’s show, and the convention will then be judged for its effectiveness as an infomercial.

Posted by James at July 29, 2004 12:54 PM
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Edwards was probably the least exciting of all the major-speakers this week so far.

At least, that was what I gathered during the first few minutes. Then I switched to Reno 911. I switched back to Edwards during the commercials, but it wasn't getting any better.

Posted by: Julie at July 29, 2004 1:01 PM

I've been thinking about this a lot.

I think what disappointed me is that we all assumed that Edwards was going to give a brilliant, barn burner of a speech and make the emotional case that Kerry -- through training or nature -- could not.

That didn't happen. It was dull and, from my perspective, just a little high on the phoney scale.

Is it too late for you people to ditch Kerry-Edwards and put Obama at the top of the ticket with that 12 year old girl as his running mate?

Posted by: Steve at July 29, 2004 1:28 PM

Now THERE is a ticket I'd vote for.

Posted by: briwei at July 29, 2004 1:42 PM

New primetime show: "Everybody Loves Obama"

That kid, by the way, is angling for a job. Homeland Security Blankets.

OK. That was lame. But I'm trying to work, here. I respect her for getting up in front of that crowd. Think of the horror most feel about public speaking. That's courage.

Certainly, she and Obama both did better than Edwards. I actually started to doze off on Edwards's speech. I was watching it on the C-SPAN rebroadcast.

Robert Reich is on Air America with Al Franken right now. Why is he not our Governor? Do we get him back as labor secretary if Kerry is elected?

Posted by: James at July 29, 2004 2:45 PM

This campaign has been rather dry. Perhaps that's what this country needs right now, four years of boring intelligent predictability. Note the word "intelligent", which rules out you know who.

The most memorable quote from any politician so far this year? For me, sadly, it's John Kerry's caricature singing, "You can't say nuclear... that really scares me..." in Jib Jab's This Land.

Posted by: Mike at July 29, 2004 3:10 PM

I stayed up to watch Edwards speak and I'm glad I did. I think he's a good speaker and the speech he gave last night buoyed me (that's a tricky word to spell).

Of course, I'm tired to the point of death because I got up at 4:45 this morning to go to work, but I'm glad I watched his speech.

No question, Barack Obama was electrifying! I see myself voting for him in the future, and I can't wait.

Posted by: Patti M. at July 29, 2004 3:25 PM

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