I know it was a great gesture of unity and all, but I was so disappointed when they stopped the Roll Call at the great state of New York, the Empire State!
It would have been especially entertaining if they’d departed from the usual script and used instead the state nicknames and mottoes set out by John Hodgman in his book The Areas of My Expertise. Using Hodgman’s almanac as a reference, New York’s nickname, for example, would have been: “The Affiliated Businesses of 9/11-Related Tourism State” and its motto: “9/11 Changed Everything, Even Our Motto, Which Had Been EXCELSIOR!”
Update: Poor Jonathan Strong simply couldn’t figure out why the California delegation passed during the roll call. “I don’t know of any precedent for such a move by a state delegation, but something seems fishy,” he said, donning his little foil hat. Evidently, it never occurred to him that the move was simply orchestrated so that Obama wouldn’t reach the magic number too soon, preventing another state — like say, New York — from having its say.
No sir, not in the crackpot world of the “Strong Conservative” where it’s assumed that “…the good people of California might have a problem being disenfranchised from their party’s nomination process for the Democratic presidential candidate.” Urgh. Idiots.
Say what you will about Clinton and his politics, the guy can be relied on to deliver a heckuva speech.
It was, as David Brooks said, like a powerful legal argument that wove together all the threads of the case against McCain and for Obama.
More on this later, I’m sure.
Updated: Video replaced with complete speech via C-SPAN. Also, MSNBC post-speech coverage.
On whether “we’re at an all time low, politically” as Keith Olbermann put it: “In my lifetime, things do seem to be getting worse…because, sorry to say it, people get stupider and stupider every election cycle.”
Gee, I wonder why? Maybe the fatuous banter between Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann offers part of the answer to that question.
Could it be perhaps because, as Bob Somerby says, “a lazy, indolent mainstream press corps is willing to peddle your twaddle for you, no matter how foolish your twaddle may be”?
Desperate to “cause trouble” and create the impression of wild chaos at the DNC, Fox News nerd Griff Jenkins decided to throw himself into a swarm of marching anti-war protesters yesterday afternoon, only to be greeted with hostile shouts of “Fuck FOX News!” and a torrent of abuse from the “out of control” group of “leftist” demonstrators.
According to the Denver Post the “Recreate 68” group, that organizers had projected would rally tens of thousands of people, turned out to be less than 1,200 and were described by the paper as being “so well-behaved much of the time that they waited to cross streets with the green lights.”
Elizabeth Edwards has posted a diary at Daily Kos. As Jesus General rightly says, this is “the only commentary that matters”:
Our family has been through a lot. Some caused by nature, some caused by human weakness, and some – most recently – caused by the desire for sensationalism and profit without any regard for the human consequences. None of these has been easy. But we have stood with one another through them all. Although John believes he should stand alone and take the consequences of his action now, when the door closes behind him, he has his family waiting for him.
John made a terrible mistake in 2006. The fact that it is a mistake that many others have made before him did not make it any easier for me to hear when he told me what he had done. But he did tell me. And we began a long and painful process in 2006, a process oddly made somewhat easier with my diagnosis in March of 2007. This was our private matter, and I frankly wanted it to be private because as painful as it was I did not want to have to play it out on a public stage as well. Because of a recent string of hurtful and absurd lies in a tabloid publication, because of a picture falsely suggesting that John was spending time with a child it wrongly alleged he had fathered outside our marriage, our private matter could no longer be wholly private.
The pain of the long journey since 2006 was about to be renewed.
John has spoken in a long on-camera interview I hope you watch. Admitting one’s mistakes is a hard thing for anyone to do, and I am proud of the courage John showed by his honesty in the face of shame. The toll on our family of news helicopters over our house and reporters in our driveway is yet unknown. But now the truth is out, and the repair work that began in 2006 will continue. I ask that the public, who expressed concern about the harm John’s conduct has done to us, think also about the real harm that the present voyeurism does and give me and my family the privacy we need at this time.
It would be nice if that was the last word on the matter, although I rather doubt that’s going to be the case.