by Stephen Green
8:59PM I stand corrected: It was the speech about Bush McCain. But where was Barack Obama? I donâ€™t know. The suit was empty.
8:58PM Iâ€™m sorry I didnâ€™t practice my George Costanza, because this was the speech about nothing.
8:57PM â€œWe can not turn back, we cannot walk aloneâ€¦â€ and then he fumbled the next line, going into the big finish.
8:56.5PM Not that I will, mind you.
8:56PM The MLK reference is powerful. But at this point, I am so infuriated with this guy, that Iâ€™m tempted â€” for the first time ever, after years of drunkblogging â€” to call it quits before itâ€™s over.
8:52PM â€œI havenâ€™t spent my career in the halls of Washingtonâ€ Now there is one fine reason to vote for Obama. The trouble is, what DID he spend his career doing? <crickets chirping>
8:51PM â€œIf you donâ€™t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters.â€ Scary things likeâ€¦ tax cuts? I hear Count Floyd saying, â€œOoooh, scarrry stuff, kids.â€
8:49PM What does the 2nd Amendment have to do with keeping guns out of the hands of criminals?
8:48PM â€œWe ALL put our country first.â€ Unless thereâ€™s an international institution whose permission we need, or allies we need to consult, or dictators we need to talk to, or domestic terrorists we need to help launch our political careers.
8:48PM If Colorado isnâ€™t in play, I planned on voting for Bob Barr. But Obama is being so dishonest tonight that Iâ€™m tempted to vote for McCain out of spite.
8:47PM Obama just had the gaul to claim that he wonâ€™t challenge McCainâ€™s character. Itâ€™s not HIS fault that McCain is evil.
8:45PM Tough, direct â€¦ diplomacy! I negotiate in your general direction!
8:44PM â€œâ€¦Strained our oldest alliances.â€ Like all those right wingers recently elected in France and Germany and Italy who see our side more and more?
8:42PM Did Obama REALLY just accuse McCain of being unwilling to pursue bin Laden? I donâ€™t like McCain. I donâ€™t (yet) plan to vote for McCain. But I would NOT go around impugning John McCainâ€™s manhood.
8:41PM â€œIf John McCain wants to have a debateâ€¦â€ Uh, dude, McCain wants to have like ten debates, and you winced at holding three of them.
8:40PM Streamline bureaucracy? Heâ€™s not just Clinton â€˜92, heâ€™s also Gore â€˜93!
8:39PM Not that McCain is any better, but HOW is Obama going to protect Social Security? And â€œequal pay for equal workâ€? In 2008? REALLY?
8:38PM More Clintonesque requirements of people who get government help. Thatâ€™s not a bad thing â€” but itâ€™s not how he campaigned in the primaries. Heâ€™s not just running against one lame duck, heâ€™s running as another.
8:37PM The longer this goes on, the more I remember why I suffered such Obama Fatigue during the primaries.
8:37PM Yeah, he just tried to buy Michigan with promises that heâ€™ll retool Detroit. Honda and Toyota build cars here people actually like, so why not give them money, too?
8:35PM The first person who gives me an accurate count of the number of times Obama says â€œMcCain,â€ Iâ€™ll send a crisp twenty dollar bill. Thatâ€™s right, twenty dollars. But Iâ€™m not sure science can count that high.
8:34PM â€œI will cut taxes for 95% of all working families.â€Half of working families pay little or no income tax at all. If he wants to cut payroll taxes, then is he going to cut the programs they fund, too?
8:33PM Change means â€¦ and then â€¦ more anti-McCain stuff.
8:32PM â€œâ€¦rules of the road.â€ Another distinctly Clintonian reference. Are his internal polls showing him that he still doesnâ€™t have the PUMA vote?
8:31PM Well. Lots of reasons to vote against Bush McCain so farâ€¦ but very little in the way of reasons to vote for Obama.
8:30PM Is Obama really spending this much time talking about the grandmother he threw under the bus in his big racism speech last spring?
8:28PM â€œâ€¦when Bill Clinton was President!â€ Suck up. This guy is too good to need to bask in Clintonâ€™s faded glory.
8:27PM The â€œownership societyâ€ means â€œyouâ€™re on your own?â€ Has anyone successfully sold class warfare in this country since LBJ forty-plus years ago?
8:25PM â€œI donâ€™t think John McCain doesnâ€™t care about whatâ€™s going on, I think he just doesnâ€™t know.â€ Painting McCain as an elitist? If it works, itâ€™ll be the neatest trick since two guys in Halloween costumes levitated the Denver Mint.
8:24PM What does a mini-recession, perhaps already over, have to do with the old â€œnation of whinersâ€ line?
8:23PM And Obama is STILL tying McCain to Bush. Lame, I tell you. But the â€œten percent chance on changeâ€ line? Gorgeous.
8:22PM â€œEight is enough.â€ And we all have diffâ€™rent stokes, too!
8:21PM â€œTonight I sayâ€¦ enough! This moment! This moment! This election is our chance to keep in the 21st century the American promise alive.â€ Powerful rhetoric, and used to paint McCainâ€™s first term as Bushâ€™s third. And Iâ€™ll tell you what: When youâ€™re running against an a lame duck â€¦ thatâ€™s pretty lame.
8:21PM He just flubbed a line so badly, I found it hard to follow. Thatâ€™s not good when youâ€™re setting up an anecdote.
8:20PM â€œThese challenges are not all the governmentâ€™s making â€¦â€ Thatâ€™s a positively Clinton â€˜92 line.
8:18PM Still hitting the humble beginnings note, with the â€œbrief unionâ€ line. With divorce so prevalent, that line probably goes a long way to cementing his common man cred.
8:17PM A plug for Amtrack? Really? Then recognition of Michelle and the girlsâ€¦ and itâ€™s hard to pick out which of the three is the prettiest.
8:16PM Big nice note to Hillary, and the camera moved right to â€¦ where she might have been sitting, had she stuck around for the big speech.
8:15PM â€œWith great humility I accept.â€ I donâ€™t buy that for one second but it was perfectly delivered.
8:14PM Michelleâ€™s smile sheâ€™s kept hidden the last two nights? The one I said could light up the entire Pepsi Center? Itâ€™s on full display right now.
8:13PM This is a rock star performance. Or maybe just a rock star crowd. Whatever, itâ€™s electrifying â€” and I say this as someone who would rather step on his own tongue than vote for someone with Obamaâ€™s record and worldview.
8:12PM Is the set over the top? Yes. But Iâ€™m wondering how else you fill all that space in a stadium.
8:11PM And away we go â€¦
8:09PM And of course that was the goal.
8:08PM If the goal of Obamaâ€™s video hagiography is to make him seem like a down home, heartland guy, then: Mission Accomplished.
7:58PM (All times a mile high) What does Obama need to do tonight? Connect. He can seem aloof at times, and the setting at Mile High doesnâ€™t help with that. Does he need to get specific? The talking heads think so, but Iâ€™m not so sure. Tonight is his night â€” his last before the general election â€” and so I think he ought to stick to what he does best. This is an acceptance speech, not a State of the Union address.
Stephen Green blogs at Vodkapundit.