Thursday, July 29, 2004

DNC Notes -- Day 3

I didn't get a chance to watch any of Wednesday night's festivities at the Fleet Center. However, I did have the opportunity to listen to some of the highlights today and have read the text of some of the speeches.

With the exception of vice presidential nominee, John Edwards, Wendesday night could best be described as NCAAP night. Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rep. Charlie Rangle and Rev. Al Sharpton all took to the podium. And unlike Barack Obama on Tuesday night, all three presented speeches that were either racially charged or pointedly anti-Bush or both. Sharpton's speech contained perhaps the most outrageous, race-baiting comment of the election season. Sharpton said, "I suggest to you tonight that if George Bush had selected the court in '54, Clarence Thomas would have never got to law school." I wonder if Justice Thomas would agree with that sentiment.

Sen. John Edwards gave the main address of the evening. If you missed it, just dig up a tape of any speech he gave during the primaries and you'll know what Edwards said. It was the same old two America's thing -- again, in stark contrast to the upbeat rising star, Barack Obama. My favorite part of the speech was when Edwards discussed "values" -- whatever that means. Edwards said, "Where I come from, you don't judge someone's values based on how they use that word in a political ad. You judge their values based upon what they've spent their life doing." An interesting sentiment from a man who has spent his life chasing ambulances.

One more night to go ....