I won’t elaborate a whole lot.
The convention love fest finally began with the conclusion of the delegate roll call vote, with Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York playing the pivotal role.
The theme of the evening was supposed to be national security, but the early speakers seemed to be stuck on last night’s theme until U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland delivered his speech. Having said that, Cummings’ speech was lackluster.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton delivered the home run speech. Really. His speech included everything Obama could have hoped for, and the delegates, universally, ate it up. Naturally, I disagree with some of Clinton’s assertions, but the speech, as a device to unify the convention, structure the dialog for the upcoming general election campaign, and bolster morale, Bill Clinton brought the goods, and the resulting elation brought down the house. For those who deny Bill Clinton has a knack for politics, they just need to see and hear the speech, and they’ll develop an appreciation for just how expert he is.
I’ve never been a fan of the Clintons. I’m still not. Even as Bill Clinton was talking about Barack Obama rebuilding our military, a voice in the back of my head was saying “And isn’t Bill Clinton partly responsible for why our military needs to be rebuilt?”
Nevertheless, as I said, Bill Clinton hit it out of the park. For those who were wondering how Barack Obama could possibly get a double-digit bounce in the polls from his convention, Bill Clinton might have single-handedly garnered that bounce. Polls in the next few days will reveal how effective Clinton was, but I suspect it was very effective.
The remainder of the speeches of the evening paled by comparison. That crescendo of emotion that was experienced during the Clinton speech never reached those heights for the remainder of the evening, not even when VP nominee Joe Biden spoke.
There were some tender moments, though, when some former military personnel spoke, and a video montage paid tribute to our veterans. The thought that passed through my mind is that I hope Code Pink of Berkeley, California, is watching, and that I hope Code Pink will rethink Marine Corps recruitment. Our nation would not be the greatest nation on earth without our men and women in uniform.