I wrote about Barack Obama's speech over at PP. Enough about that. And I'm exhausted from two weeks of convention-watching, so instead of a proper post it's notes-style time. My apologies to twitter followers who may have heard some of these earlier. Let's say I'm inspired by the laundry list first half of Obama's speech...
1. I saw a few people who were surprised that the Democrats did an excellent job at the stagecraft of conventions. I think that's faulty memory. I'd say the Democrats have pretty much run good-to-excellent conventions every year from 1984 on. Before that, not so much. And of course there are some missteps in there, but mostly they do a very professional job. Plus, over that era, the Democrats have for whatever reasons had the edge in orators -- Jackson, Cuomo, Kennedy, Clinton, and Obama are or were top-tier convention speakers, and Republicans haven't had much since Reagan (although, yes, they debuted a few promising contenders this year).
2. Similarly, it's nothing new for Democrats to wear their patriotism and gung-ho "for the troops" sentiment on their sleeves. That's been going on since at least 1988.
3. Anyone who really believes that the reason Democrats don't have a thriving lowest-common-denominator talk show culture mainly because liberals are too sophisticated and so there's just no demand for it really should watch Jennifer Granholm's speech this afternoon. No, it wasn't Rush, but it was at least halfway to the spirit of that sort of thing, and the delegates loved it.
4. Six days of conventions, no more than 15 great TV minutes: Eastwood, and Gabby Giffords. I'm sorry, one more: Ted Kennedy, from the grave, debating Mitt Romney. Probably the next-best TV moment from the two weeks were the people Mitt Romney helped personally, but there's no way that was a great TV moment. Other than than the Kennedy tribute, all the videos were average at best.
5. Sarah Palin showed up, in a clip from her convention speech, in a "look back to 2008" video at one point this afternoon. And we had one mocking reference to her later...was it in John Kerry's speech? I certainly didn't hear every speech over the six days, but those are the only two times I remember.
6. Speaking of which: who would have guessed in 1984 that Gerry Ferraro would get a such a brief, uninspiring memorial video (unless my attention slipped, without any introduction or attention drawn to it)?
And that's all for now. I can't imagine what it's like for those at the venues; I'm exhausted from just watching it on TV. Remember: based on previous schedules, we're well under three years to the first nomination debate, and if Romney looses were just under three years away from Ames. So I need a little rest.