Thursday, August 28, 2008

Ignore The Pundits

I didn't get to see much of the convention last night, but from the clips I was very impressed with both Clinton and Kerry. Biden seemed to ramble a bit and lose traction a couple of times, but everything he said was dead on. Also, his mom was pretty cool.

Overall, I think the convention has been huge for party unity and rallying the troops. It's also done a lot to position Barack as both "one of us" and someone who can lead the party forward. He's not a radical or an elitist. He's not an idol or a celebutard. He's not coming down from his ivory tower to look down on the hoi polloi. He's a product of the American dream, someone who pulled himself up by his bootstraps and made something of himself. And, he's someone we should be proud to have as our future president. Tonight's his night, and I expect that he will deliver.

For those in the press looking for red meat, I think that's coming. Obama hasn't been following the political script, so much as writing a novel. This week was designed to establish his credentials. When he takes on the Republicans and their media trolls, he won't be out there on his own, he'll have back-up. He won't be speaking fancifully like some ill-informed celebrity, he'll come with the collective wisdom of his party and its supporters. And when he does attack, he'll be voicing our anger and our disappointment at the last 8 years of Cheney, Bush and McCain and not because it's politically expedient. And when they come to tear him down, again and again, with their meaningless slurs, and hateful fabrications, it will be up to those of us in the party not to falter, not to fear, but rest transparently in our faith in better worlds. As the wise man says:
The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who in the name of charity and goodwill shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.