And now to our Johns…

…my running commentary from the Kerry speech following the chimp-in-chief’s speech.

Edwards’s thrusting thumbs up kind of bothers me.

The crowd is a lot more enthusiastic. There’ve been a few articles that I’ve read talking about the crowds who show up for Bush’s campaign speeches: they all have to sign loyalty oaths to prove that they’re going to vote for Bush, and they often have to pay for tickets. Kerry’s been big on open, public spaces, as far as I can tell. Actually, you know, meeting the people

I think Kerry-Edwards need to be elected, just for Edwards’s sex appeal. Come on, people. Cheney versus Edwards. No comparison.

Edwards’s daddy was a mill worker…Edwards’s daddy was a mill worker…Edwards’s daddy was a mill worker. Got it. I guess it’s important to get these things across.

Kerry hasn’t said anything new yet.

‘We need a president who fights as hard for your jobs as he fights for his own job.’ Pretty good.

All this talk about energy independence–even Bush mentioned it–but why don’t I believe them?

Kerry, I just realised, because I’m not watching the video fully, but mostly only listening to the audio, has left the podium and has just been walking around on the platform with the microphone in hand, talking from memory or just from an outline. Probably from memory. In any event, he hasn’t made any major flubs. I’d love to see Bushie try.

He just called this the most important election of our lifetime.

He also just quoted a sign he saw on one of his trips, when passing through a small town on a train, ‘Give us eight minutes and we’ll give you eight years.’: ‘I never knew I could stop a train so fast.’

I always find it interesting the insistence on playing to the middle class. It makes sense, right, as the largest economic bloc? And yet, it’s almost as if it’s taboo to talk about the lower classes, to acknowledge that anyone might not be middle class. Perhaps it’s too socialist in a way?

Well, in the end, Kerry didn’t really say anything new. He stuck to his guns and played to his strengths. When I said yesterday that I found Bush’s speech to be politically astute, I probably should have pointed out that by saying that I meant that he completely ignored anything that he has failed on, which is pretty much everything. He suggested that he had a plan for education and for the economy, but his success stories were few and far between.

The most remarkable thing about this speech, I think, is the fact that the Johns descended from the platform to just let themselves be swallowed up by the crowd. Accompanied by the secret service, of course, but I just can’t see Bush or Cheney pressing the flesh with the same comfort and ease.

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