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Well, I had my DNC gathering tonight -- all three of us! But it was fun... I got to play a lot of the best parts of the speeches from the week to a couple of friends, we scanned through today's footage looking for funny delegates, and we suffered through Kerry's very long speech. It was good oration, but about as passionate as a high school drama teacher. It did talk about a few specifics of their plans, and that was good to hear.

From the last couple of days, I can say I was impressed by the passion behind Reverend Al Sharpton's address. The media made the story into how he went "off-message" and went long, but the real story was how he presented a case for why the black community is loyal to the Democratic party. I really liked his "ride the donkey" line. I caught John Glenn's five minutes, a short talk in defense of space exploration that was well argued. Dennis Kucinich gave the most bizarre performance with a speech that was more poetry slam than persuasive oration. He needed a few more words to make sense, and it sounded like he was trying ton convince himself to support Kerry, rather than excite the crowd. The Kerry daughters had some good moments; I liked Alexandra's hamster story, but we all found it weird when Vanessa started her talk by professing knowledge of her father's six feet four inch frame.

So, now I have to wait a month, and then I'll be watching the Republican version, although not as enthusiastically.

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I loved the hamster story. :) And I think the height thing was to create a sort of "soft" entry. Not sure about that, though.

I liked Kerry's speech a lot--thought he took the high road while making pointed comments that needed to be made. He put Bush on the defensive (the part about "let's be opponents, but let's take the high road" may cause the neocons to rethink their strategy). It was the most animated and passionate I've seen him. Which, granted, is not a lot, but it worked. As I just said in my blog, I think we'll start seeing more pro-Kerry stuff now, not just anti-Bush.

I'm actually looking forward to the Republican convention, though I think alcohol may have to be involved. Perhaps I should host a con-watch?

(the part about "let's be opponents, but let's take the high road" may cause the neocons to rethink their strategy)

I really hope you're right, but since he really dosen't have much of a chance in a fair fight, there's really not much incentive for him to fight fair, is there? (Pardon the Pirate ref...)

I'd be up for a Republi-con watch, especially with appropriate heckling.

As for John Kerry's speech, I guess it was pretty good, but it's impact was lessened for me by hearing similar themes over and over for the previous three days. If there was more drama, it would have been more compelling.

As for the high road: I do hope they can keep this going, but I'm afraid the Republican attack machine is already going into high gear; however, I think a lot of the public is tired of the adminstration attacking all of its critics so hard, something they've been doing for months now, so maybe it won't be effective.

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