This is the first installment of a five part series grading the two major party tickets for president on 5 categories: Education, Experience, Foreign Policy, Domestic Policy and Disposition. I will use an A+ through F grading scale.
It is truly amazing what words can do. They can inspire us to great heights or scare us into strangling our own better angels. I guess that’s why speeches given by politicians are so important. They really only get one or two chances to get their message out.
Which brings me to the Democratic National Convention. Well, all conventions, really. Imagine what they’d be like without the fiery speeches packed with biting one-liners and inspirational messages.
Barack Obama and Joe Biden gave their first joint interview which will air on 60 Minutes tomorrow night. While Obama went out of his way to say nice things about John McCain’s running mate Sarah Palin, he also contrasted her with Biden’s experience and readiness to be commander in chief.
The Obama campaign wasted little time pouncing on John McCain’s running mate Sarah Palin as inexperienced, in bed with Big Oil, and committed to overturning Roe v. Wade. Democrats called the choice political panic.
Now that word is out about Alaska Governor Sarah Palin being selected to be John McCain’s VP, the Obama campaign has gone to work. They released a statement on the selection:
Contrary to cable news network reports, Sarah Palin’s name has been floating around for weeks as a dark horse running mate possibility. The upside is that she brings youth, gender, and conservative credentials to the ticket. The downside is that this pick was based on a political calculation that if it backfires will doom his campaign.
There are new developments in the John McCain “veepstakes” this afternoon. Many sources, including the National Review blog and “The Hotline,” part of the National Journal’s Daily Briefing on Politics, are naming Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty as McCain’s selection.
The National Review made their claim on Monday, saying pretty definitively that Pawlenty had gotten the greenlight, and their report is now being heavily circulated by other media outlets.
There are “conflicting” (wink, wink) stories out that John McCain has made the final decision on his vice presidential running mate. Many sources and new agencies began reporting this a few days ago. According to Mike Allen and Jonathan Martin of Politico, “John McCain has chosen his running mate and the person will be notified on Thursday, a senior campaign official said.”
With his acceptance speech Joe Biden demonstrated exactly why he was chosen to be on the ticket with Barack Obama. Biden’s speech was a combination of blue collar empathy, and strong attacks against John McCain.
As former President Bill Clinton took the stage, the moment of Democratic unity that so many have been waiting to see occurred, the long standing ovation Clinton got sent the message that the primary battle is forgotten, and all Democrats are behind Barack Obama.
Former Hillary Clinton advisor and current Fox News analyst Howard Wolfson continued his war of words with MSNBC, Chris Mathews, and Keith Olbermann by accusing them of being bad Democrats for being critical of the Clintons over the past two years.
Poor Brian Schweitzer. Or maybe not.
After a phenomenal, grounded, very human speech in Denver last night, all attention is on Hillary Clinton this morning. Her one-line zinger, “No way, no how, no McCain” is being run as the headline in many newspaper stories covering her speech from last night.
Tonight Hillary Clinton shifted the conversation from I support Barack Obama to telling her supporters why they need to support Obama. Mrs. Clinton gave a stirring speech which served as both a great end to her presidential campaign, and a new beginning to her supporters’ relationship with the Democratic nominee.
In what was the best speech given by any of the early speakers so far, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) energized and enthralled the Democratic Convention with his call to action in support of the Democratic ticket.
The latest Quinnipiac University swing state poll of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania was released today. It revealed little surprise as McCain leads in Florida, 47%-43%. Obama leads in Pennsylvania, 49%-42%, and the race is a virtual tie in Ohio with Obama leading 44%-43%.
The task that Michelle Obama faced tonight as she gave the headline speech of the first night of the Democratic convention was to reintroduce and humanize the Obama family, and she more than delivered.