‘Go balloons. Go balloons. ... We need more balloons!’:
So I wasn’t dreaming as I wearily brushed my teeth last night, faintly hearing someone in the living room blaring about balloons. Someone else heard it too.
Ah, the speech. So how did you like John Kerry? No need to overanalyze: He was John Kerry. That was him. That’s been him all these past 20 years, with not a single stirring speech or phrase standing out in my mind. Those familiar with him didn’t have high expectations going into last night. He didn’t exceed expectations last night. It’s been the same dull baloney all these years -- and he keeps winning despite this for reasons mere mortals can’t explain. ...
, who really wants to like Kerry, wasn’t thrilled. Andrew Sullivan
, who’s been very open-minded toward Dems this week, was underwhelmed but not surprised: "I think this convention has been a huge success, tempered by a bad candidate." .... From Reader No. 1: “Kerry’s speech summed up the whole convention. Theatrically, it was a fine show: a good deal of passion delivered with precision. But if you listened to the words, it was like watching a drunk weaving back and forth across the highway.” ... Strangely, Mickey Kaus
liked the speech. Mickey? ....
... Speaking of Mickey, his accounts of the FleetCenter lockout are quite funny. ... Poor Alan Colmes.
He doesn’t even get respect ‘in this most liberal city.’ ... Normally anti-fox hunters were Fox hunting
in Boston this week. ... The Whole World was NOT
Watching. ... ‘That’s not a rip.’
General DNC impressions:
-- The economic bust was an incredible disappointment but ...
-- Thank God nothing terrible happened during the week: terrorism, riots, Massachusetts lawmakers voting themselves 200 percent pay hikes.
-- Boston should hold its head high. The event worked quite well within the strict new post-9/11 confines. Visitors liked the city. They understood the security constraints.
-- No more events that require this type of security. Hub Blog hopes the civic boosters have finally got the ‘world-class city’ obsession out of their system. We done well. We’re world-class -- whatever that is. Now shut up.
-- Obama was the huge winner of Boston DNC 2004.