July 30, 2004

Did you hear that sound?

Wait. Wait… yes, I think that was it. The shot heard ‘round the country.

Kerry gave an energetic, rousing speech and administered to his supporters a real shot in the arm. The surprise that he spoke of must be that he’s been holding back. He hit the two targets I thought were most important tonight. First, he told people who he is. After tonight, I think there can be no complaints about him defining himself.

As the end of the speech approached, he also got more specific about defining messages and what he wants to do for the country. Stronger at home, more respected abroad. Trust and credibility. Value families instead of “family values.” Pray we are on God’s side instead of insist God is on our side. No war without a plan for peace. No sending kids to die unless we have an imminent threat. Stronger military. Invest in education. Invest in alternative energy sources. No middle-class tax increase, and no corporate welfare.

I think this speech will resonate with many of the undecided voters. And, as Maggie jokingly said: “He’s so lifelike.”

Here is the full text of the speech.

And as the convention fades into the sunset, we can look back and laugh at all the silly Bush-supporter predictions of doom (Clinton will overshadow! Edwards will overshadow!) and tinfoil hat theories (Hillary will dispose of Kerry and take his place!)

OK, the tinfoil hat theories weren’t that bad, but they were close.

Posted by James at July 30, 2004 1:08 AM
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