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So Hillary didn't drop out, big whoop. The night was still incredible, and in some ways even better than expected.
For starters, did anyone else catch that train wreck of a speech by John McCain? It was so bad it was good (in a campy Evil Dead II way). There wasn't an ounce of intentional funny in the whole thing.
First there was lime-green McCain 2008 backdrop (oohh...green...pretty subtle huh?). Green is definitely not Johnny's color. Somehow it did something I thought was impossible: It made him appear even more anachronistic (he can barely even pronounce Prius) and even more corpse-like (Casper).
I understand that politics is theater, but for chrissake at least get your colors done before committing to such a catastrophically bold choice (Better choice IMHO-- Peach Sorbet -it would have really made his summer complexion sing). And if you are trying to pull off the hip, I'm with "it" and I get "it" vibe, for the love of god don't truck in the residents of the nearest retirement home to fill your audience.
Then there was the hack material his speech writers came up with, and the cartoonishly stiff delivery (very nice touch). Team McLame stole Obama's "Change we can believe in" meme and Johnny went all grumpy-old man on us with by mixing it in as "that's not change we can believe in" between the anti-Obama talking points.
The really painful (or strangely delightful) thing about it all was the way he paused and painfully managed a grimace-smile at the end of each repetition of his purloined one-liner. Honestly, he looked like a Vegas comedian waiting for a rim-shot, a laugh, or a heckler. But there was none of that, just the half-hearted cheers of his bingo-crowd audience. It was horrible...horrible for John McCain that is (and the rest of his McCainiacs).
For the rest of us, it was an unexpected bonus to kick off what would be a spectacular night for Obama. McSame's unintentional party favor more than compensated for the fact that Hillary didn't concede (she's still trying to run her veep game on Obama).
Team Obama couldn't have choreographed a more perfect "compare-and-contrast" pair of speeches. Obama's speech was a soaring piece of rhetorical majesty befitting the beginning of a fully post Vietnam era in Presidential politics (I honestly got goosebumps) and John McCain's speech was as flatline as the rest of the GOP, befittingly signaling the end of an Epoch in American politics.
This is the beginning of something great people. What we are witnessing here is the birth of a new, dynamic, transformative, and inclusive "Yes we can!" era in American history. Breath deep- savor the moment. This is a tale you'll one day tell your wide-eyed grandkids.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
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