Liveblogging the DNC

7:45–Did Al Gore just mention Bin Ladin?  Is he the first one to?

7:47–More nice stuff about McCain.  I think that’s smart.  Makes his attacks look petty and weird.

7:49–Where was this Al Gore earlier?

7:50–Good to hit the borrowing money from China to pay Saudi Arabia.  And more on the strange change of McCain from someone everyone used to respect to Bush, Third Term.

7:53–Gore’s underlying message seems to be that the Republicans are nice folks, but the leadership has gone dreadfully wrong.

7:55–Good stuff about the importance of young people.

8:02–I missed the end of the speech since I was on the phone.  Well, I’m sure it was fine.

8:04–My dad called so I missed more.

8:11–I wonder what’s going on on Rate My Space?

I wonder what my personal style would be… I once thought that my style would best be described as “Haunted Old West Brothel” but I more think that I’m looking for something vaguely creepy, but with elements of Dia de los muertos and primitive decor thrown in.

8:18–I’m craving bananas, frozen bananas covered in chocolate.

8:19– You know who twitters shit like this?  People who are there.  I’m not there.  I’m blogging.  Keeping it real.  I need more than 140 characters.  And I am considering making my own dildos.  The question is–do you go for something that looks like a penis or do you go for something designed for use not for aesthetics?  And, if you did go for a penis, who would you ask to contribute?  Christian?

8:26–Oh, god damn it.  I’m being sucked in by Biden.  Doesn’t he look like he’s having a great time?

8:31–I’m still watching HGTV.  I can’t be bothered to hear Olbermann read Obama’s speech ahead of time.  But tell me what you think of this: I have my great grandma Teckla’s china and it looks like this.  I’m thinking of painting my dining room the magenta in that pattern.  What do you think?

8:45–Why do we have to take Pat Buchanan seriously?  I don’t know.  It’s just that seeing him on my screen is a constant reminder that the news I watch is much more about theater than about actual information.  And I’m just going to admit it.  I don’t get Twitter.  I always feel like I’m missing something.


8:53–Oh my god!  Joe Biden just kissed a woman on the forehead!  Where’s her husband to… Um, what’s the proper dudely response to a forehead kiss?  A wet willy?

8:54–It’s packed there, huh?  Wow.  And there are a ton of American flags, which we know Democrats hate, so clearly, those must just be lost Republicans, or something.

8:57–A lot of folks wearing dark blue suits and light blue ties.  I like it.  And more Lincoln references.

8:58–The thing I like about this speech is that dude is doing such a good job of selling this with his eyes, like “Holy shit, we’re doing something wonderful here, aren’t we?”

9:00–I know most of this is just the shit politicians say, but dang, I don’t mind being caught up in it a little.

9:02–Oh, baby Barack!

9:06–Okay, I’m tearing up.

9:07–Knowing my people, I can say that part of Obama’s appeal is that he looks like a basketball coach and if there’s one thing we love, it’s high school coaches.

9:11–Here he is.  Whew.  I’m nervous for him.

9:14–That place is packed.  And my dog is a stinky farter.  Blegh.  Be glad this blog doesn’t have smell-o-vision.

9:15–Props to Clinton!  Though I would say that she’s not just an inspiration to women.  At least I hope not.

9:17–I want Michelle Obama to be my wife!

9:19–I’m glad he actually points instead of doing that weird thumb pointy gesturing thing.

9:22–Oh god.  The ‘Eight is Enough’ thing was cute before they started chanting it.  And here’s more with the John McCain is a good guy meme.  “What does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush has been right 90% of the time?”  That’s a good line.

9:24–This stuff about the auto workers and the soldiers and their families not being whiners is really really good stuff.  It’s not that McCain doesn’t care, he just doesn’t know.  That’s good, too.

9:26–“You’re on your own.”  I find that a very compelling critique, for reasons that are obvious to anyone who reads me.

9:29–Some nice gender stuff in here but I’m waiting to hear about health and GLBT stuff.

9:32–Spelling out change: Tax code reform, job creation, elimination of capitol gains taxes for small businesses, cut taxes for 95% of all working families, set a clear goal of 10 years to eliminate our need for oil from the middle east, tap natural gas, clean coal (urg), nuclear power, bail out the auto industry, 150 billion dollars into renewable energy, every child a world-class education, invest in early childhood education, new teachers with higher salaries and more support, if you commit to serving your community or country, we’ll get you into college; affordable, accessible health care for everyone; insurance companies cannot discriminate against the sick; paid sick days and better family leave; change bankruptcy laws to protect pentions, equal pay for equal work; (I missed something here); closing corporate havens and loopholes; eliminating some gov. programs; renewed sense of responsibility and we each must do our part; dads need to get involved; folks need to turn off the tv; individual and mutual responsibility; keep America’s promise abroad.

9:42–Let’s go after Bin Ladin.  Lots of good sound-bytes here.  And how even the Bush administration has adopted Obama’s timetable.

9:43–Dog is barking in her sleep and kicking me.  Mrumph, Mrumph.

9:44–Squandered legacy and restored legacy.  Whew, this is a long speech, but good.  And giving troops a clear mission, enough equipment, and the care they need when they come home.  It’s nice to hear someone in power say this.

9:48–Restoring a sense of common purpose.  This is the part I want most desperately to believe, but have the hardest time.  And here’s the GL… uh, sorry BT folks… stuff.  Good.  Well, half good.

9:54–Invoking King.  The crowd roars.  I choke up.

9:57–I guess you don’t drop balloons in an outdoor stadium, huh?

But wow.  I thought it was good  I’m sure the pundits will pick it apart soon enough, but my initial reaction is that it was good.  Oh, hey, they got some streamers going, at least.  But yeah, it seems utterly plausible that he could be our next president.

Okay, one last thing.  The weirdest moment of this whole evening has to be having Chris Matthews hitting the high points of the speech like he was giving it himself while whoever is there with him and Olbermann cheered again.  Very, very weird.  But I do like that they’re talking over the benediction.  Classy, gentlemen.

21 thoughts on “Liveblogging the DNC

  1. Liveblog away, gal. I don’t know from Twitter and I missed the speech entirely putting my kid to bed, so I’m turning to my most trusted news source.

  2. 8:19 – more than half of your entries are 140 characters or less.

    I’d guess about 20-30 people you personally know here in Nashville are on Twitter right now sharing the same thing you are watching, only in a live conversation. People would love the stuff you are sharing here.

    I’m not sure the Cystine Chapel can handle commerical products available online, so making your own might be your only hope. Just put a pair of matching handles on both sides like a casket for the monks to hold.

  3. I like bright intense colors, so that sounds good if the room has some windows and you like a little more formality about the room. (Remember, I painted a room in my house a color named “Riding Hood” and I think it looks great.)

    On the other hand, a sage green would be both complementary to the dishes and a little more calming.

  4. This speech is giving me chills. He is going after every republican wedge tactic directly. LGBT issues, abortion, immigration, military service…

  5. You know what this speech was SERIOUSLY missing? The epic punchline: “McCain has SEVEN HOUSES. You are LOSING YOUR ONE HOUSE. So FUCK HIM, Y’ALL.”

    Or, like, a nice little comment along the lines of “good thing there’s tv, cuz McCain sure can’t google this speech, huh, seeing as he CAN’T USE THE INTERNET.”

    After these blasts, I guess he could then renounce partisan politics. But come on. SEVEN HOUSES.

  6. Two awesome lines:

    This election isn’t about me….its about you.

    They (his opponents/critics) want to make a big election about small things.

    This man is gifted. Larry O and Sorkin don’t write this well.

  7. I like him, and liked the speech, but when he claimed he’d stop genocide? That was overreaching a little.

  8. you didn’t mention the Dick Durbin thing, but while watching him I was struck by how much the guy looks like Mayor Quimby from “The Simpsons”

    what struck me about the Obama speech, and all the others for that matter is where are the tax cuts for single people? What is Obama or McCain going to do to help us, who depend on one income? I never hear a word about that, and I’m tired of being ignored b/c I didn’t jump on the marriage train…

  9. That’s one of the things that might be in the platform, even though he didn’t talk about them. Sort of like, I suppose, support for Roe v. Wade or support for science over superstition (both of which are, in fact, in the platform). I gotta say, I was all ready to vote for Al Gore all over again after last night.

  10. The line Mack cites — “this isn’t about me, it’s about you” — is from Dean’s old stump speech, I think.

  11. Not to mention…

    This guy just RADIATES calming confidence. He walked out there, in front of 80 thousand people, well, actually, millions of people throughout the world, and just nailed it.

    There are very few people who can do something like that.

  12. This guy just RADIATES calming confidence. He walked out there, in front of 80 thousand people, well, actually, millions of people throughout the world, and just nailed it.

    heh. my friends with whom I watched the speech said the same thing — to which I replied “he just walked out to a sh*tload of people who LOVE him…. if that doesn’t give someone the confidence to give a calming, self-assured, powerful speech, nothing will.”

    He’d have been hard pressed to NOT be confident considering the circumstances and the amount of support radiating toward him.

  13. Nah, Beth. He was being watched by the entire world. The run up to this, the expectations, were as high as they could be. In order to give that speech, you have to write that speech. I’ve seen plenty of politicians and would-be candidates falter when the bar was much lower.

  14. Walking out into a large, brightly lit open space and standing still for forty-five minutes a couple of days after the arrest of some guys who had hoped to kill me would make me a little skittish. In fact, I’d be shitting my pants.

    Under the circumstances, I think he did pretty well.

  15. Yeah, Bridgett, there was a point towards the end of the speech when I did start to feel like “Holy shit, he’s going to make it all the way to the end of this. Thank the gods.” I hadn’t even been consciously aware of how that was weighing on me until then.

    And my main problem with Twitter is that I like it here. This is where I do my stuff and where you can find me doing my stuff. Where I can look back on my stuff later and we can talk about it. If all liveblogging is is just the stuff that goes on in the entry, then, yeah, Twittering is just the same. But I love this stuff, too, and I’m not understanding how you replicate all this–including the more permanent nature of it, in Twitter.

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