By the way, I have one other comment on Barack Obama's speech last night: being a citizen has become a whole lot more enjoyable for me ever since I started turning off the TV immediately following any major speech like this. I read a lot of reactions now, across the blogs and Twitter, but I almost never stick around any more to hear people talk about it on TV. Nor do I tune in early, or if I do it'll be with the sound off. In the old days, one could of course do that, but then there was no way of knowing how it was playing, or to get outside your own head and start the process of hearing the speech through other ears than your own (yeah, even if you watch with others, odds are you're not getting very far outside your own head). So it made sense to stick around. But now? No way.
Anyway, my apologies if I just sound like a clueless or cranky old guy, but my two big reactions last night were: (1) thanks again to Brian Lamb, a true American hero, for C-SPAN; and, (2) life is a lot better since the internet and, for a political junkie, the blogs.