The Most Powerful Words From the Democratic National Convention

ImageIt 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.

Obama: Biden Can be President on Day One

ImageBarack 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.

Is Sarah Palin Ready to be President?

ImageNow 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:

Sarah Palin: A High Risk/Reward Pick for McCain

ImageContrary 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.

Pawlenty Is Frontrunner to be McCain’s VP

ImageThere 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.

Reports Say McCain Has His VP

ImageThere 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.”

Big Skies in Schweitzer’s Future

ImagePoor 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.

Hillary Clinton: No way. No how. No McCain.

Hillary Clinton: No way. No how. No McCain.

ImageTonight 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.

America, Meet the Obamas

ImageThe 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.

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