Monday was quite a long day for me. I woke up just after 3am and could not get back to sleep. Work hours came and went, dinner came and went. It must have been about 8pm when I dozed off in front of the TV set.
Last Kennedy Still Standing
I joined the Democratic National Convention just as Ted Kennedy arrived at the podium. The last Kennedy of any political consequence. I was pleased to see the Senator had made what appears to be nothing short of a miraculous recovery for a man of his age. [There were rumours he'd arrive via wheel chair. Although he has remained in office, and retained a degree of popularity, there are many who still call him "the swimmer." I liked him at the DNC, I liked his speech, but for me the bloom is off the Kennedy bush, the Camelot mystique long gone. I wondered if perhaps Ted K himself believed Camelot could be re-channelled through the Obamas].
The phone rang, I got caught up in a short conversation, went to the kitchen for a snack... next thing you know CBS is reporting arrests made in a plot to kill Obama. [It is written "Death comes like a thief in the night." Unexpected. Like 9/11. Authorities are well-prepared to thwart any suspected plots. Or should I say "expected" plots. For example who "expected" 9/11? Nobody. Certainly people knew about it in advance, but the staging of the event coupled with many so-called "coincidences" pulled the rug out from under us all.]
America meets Michelle: Her National Debut
Smooth, silky sultry Michelle Obama! Excellent speech, good impression. She humanized herself and her husband. Vanquished the demons. Maybe... Here's a passage I really liked:
"My Dad was our rock. Although he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in his early thirties, he was our provider, our champion, our hero. As he got sicker, it got harder for him to walk, it took him longer to get dressed in the morning. But if he was in pain, he never let on. He never stopped smiling and laughing – even while struggling to button his shirt, even while using two canes to get himself across the room to give my Mom a kiss. He just woke up a little earlier, and worked a little harder."Wake a little earlier, and work a little harder. If we all did that starting today, our lives would be a little better. [Now, granted, there's all the previous negative stuff that has yet to be erased from the public mind. I'll bet YOU have heard "negative stuff" about Mrs. O but you probably don't even know exactly what you heard. So much "junk" flying thru the internet. Allegations that have gone unanswered. I'll venture to say Mrs. O scored points but we have to see if they stick. Certainly if anybody digs up anything that can knock her out of the box, it will take Mr. O down as well. After all this time, all the speculation, with apologies to Clara whats-her-name, "where's the beef?"]
When Michelle concluded her speech, she stepped off the podium to collect her two daughters. As they came back to center stage, Barack Obama appeared via satellite. [I noticed when one of the girls yelled "Hi Daddy!" Obama did not acknowledge. I asumed he did not hear her. It went over my head, but someone else in the room with me bristled at Obama's failure to put his child first. ]
Fliping around the channels most of the announcers and analyzers praised Ted and Michelle, but something seemd to be missing. I can't put my finger on it. TV had been accused of being too pro-Obama. Were they told to keep the enthusiasm down? Somewhere yesterday I read an article - it was a newspaper article - that named the Zogby poll, which recently gave John McCain a lead over Obama, as one of several pollsters that "shouldn't be trusted." Maybe the TV people are being more objective, trying to get the edge when it comes to a source people will trust. There was just one commentator who appeared late on the 11pm newscast on Albany's WNYT who, in under a few minutes, gave a smart, snappy and succinct synopsis about the DNC.
Can't wrap this post up without a word about Hillary and Bill, mentioned many times by all the networks. Everyone took note of Michelle Obama's reference to Hillary's "glass ceiling" in her speech. It's been widely reported that Mrs. C will be on the ballot. [I can't imagine a floor fight for the nomination at this point, but who knows? The only thing that could de-rail the Obama train before the roll call would be news of the magnitude of "Eliot Spitzer as client 9" - something that would topple Obama's campaign in short order. I don't foresee that happening, but I got that "thief in the night" out of left field buzz the afternoon Spitzer was outed.]
The Obama Campaign
So, if everything chugs along as it should and at the end of the week Obama is the nominee, we can conclude if indeed there is any "dirt" on the Obamas, McCain's camp must have it --- or not. ["or not" meaning there simply isn't any, and perhaps never was any...]
Judging by last night only, the Obamas are ready to rule. It won't be Camelot, but likely will be in the same neighborhood. By November, voters should feel that each candidate is capable and ready to lead the nation. Notice I didn't mention Joe Biden? At this moment, he's the guy in the back seat, along for the ride. And who will McCain select as running mate? It may be wise for the Dems to keep the Vice Presidency issue on the back burner for now.
What's Next at the Convention?
A Clinton aide has told ABC News' chief Washington correspondent George Stephanopoulos that the New York senator intends to "blow the roof" with her speech tonight.
Tags: Michelle Obama, DNC