watching the convention
I’m watching the convention with half an ear. For some reason, I can’t get my local PBS station at the moment, and the CNN coverage is driving me nuts — I’d rather listen to the speakers than to James Carville. They’re saying that there’s not much happening that’s of interest to the television audience, but there’s no way to tell from their coverage, since they’re not actually letting anyone hear the speakers.
I’m enjoying reading the twitters from Bitch PhD, but am not sure they’re really adding to my understanding of the convention.
Ted Kennedy looks damn good under the circumstances. He’s far less jowly than my image of him — don’t know if he’s lost weight or what.
I read the draft Democratic Party platform earlier today. In some ways platforms are always fairly meaningless documents — they’re written by committee, and include something for everyone, so they don’t tell you anything about what the real priorities will be when the rubber hits the road. But, as laundry lists go, it’s a fine one.
I don’t have much to say about the choice of Biden as VP. I don’t think he changes the dynamics of the race much. He’s got good foreign policy credentials. NPR this evening had a long piece about whether his support for the awful bankruptcy bill was because the credit card companies are major constituents or because they’re major donors. I’m not sure the distinction is meaningful. It’s the same problem as Schumer’s support of tax loopholes for hedge funds. Fred at Stone Court says that Biden was particularly disrespectful to Elizabeth Warren during the debate.
The Republican candidate for Congress in this district just ran an ad that says he’s the one to support for "real change" in Washington. Choke.
Michelle did a good job. T. walked in during the "ice cream" part of the speech and we both went "awww…" If you’ve already read Dreams from my Father, there’s not that much new in her description of Barack, though.
Gaak. CNN has been going on about Carville’s complaints that there wasn’t enough "red meat" in the evening, but they just admitted that they didn’t cover Pelosi’s speech which did get people in the convention hall rared up. Why? Because they were talking with Carville!!