A Sullivan reader on Hillary's speech:
When she gave us the stories like all candidates do, it was something I expected. But when she turned it around and asked her supporters if they were in it for her or for the people in those stories, that's what sold me, an Obama guy. My wife cried. I actually got goose bumps when she said that. And some may quibble over how much more she should have spoken about Obama, I think she did quite a good job. She put the onus on us, the voters. Trust Obama. She says she does. Now, it's our turn to answer the question.And Cesca's reader Elvis Dingledein, posting in the comments section of Cesca's live-blogging post:
Wow, "Petro-Dictators." Put that on a T-shirt, bitches!I kept waiting for more attacks on McCain. I kept waiting for Hillary to pull an Ann Richards "born with a silver foot in his mouth" kinda line, and then...
Speaking of T-Shirts, let's make this viral, shall we: John McCain - POW, or PO-Dubya?
Well, John McCain says the economy is fundamentally sound. John McCain doesn't think that 47 million people without health insurance is a crisis. John McCain wants to privatize Social Security. And in 2008, he still thinks it's OK when women don't earn equal pay for equal work.BAM!
Now, with an agenda like that, it makes perfect sense that George Bush and John McCain will be together next week in the Twin Cities. Because these days they're awfully hard to tell apart.
I watched MSNBC, and they aired exactly one second of Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer's speech, so I didn't get to hear where he broke out with the "Petro-Dictator" label to refer to Middle East heads of state who were hostile to American values yet were receiving billions of American dollars (borrowed, by the way, from China). Reminiscent of "Islamofascist." Or "Narco-terrorist." I loved it! Here is something else he said:
Even the oil and gas industry knows that Senator McCain has it wrong: we can't simply drill our way to energy independence. If you drilled everywhere... if you drilled in all of John McCain's backyards -- even the ones he doesn't know he has -- that single answer proposition is a dry well.... Barack Obama understands that the most important barrel of oil is the one you don't use.When he pointed to the delegates from Colorado, and Michigan, and Florida, and Ohio and Pennsylvania, and to all those in the "cheap seats," to "get up off your hind ends and stand up," and asked them if the country could afford four more years of the same, if they were ready for a change, and if they knew who was going to bring that change to America, that for me was the moment when I first saw a unified convention.
Bob Casey, the "pro-life" Democrat who took the stage to redeem his dad's getting snubbed in 1992 because he was anti-abortion, also had a good line:
John McCain calls himself a maverick. But he votes with George Bush over 90% of the time. That's not a "maverick," that's a sidekick.Take that, McBush!
You're going to see all over the newspapers, and on all the TV stations, in the corporate media, that there isn't enough attacking going on. Of course you will: that's the script that they've been rehearsing. That's the way they want this to go so that they can then show how the Republicans play that game and play it so well. Oh, be prepared, people, for the most hate-filled four days you'll ever see in Minneapolis. Four days of how Obama isn't this, or is too much of that. Not one concrete idea will come out of that convention that hasn't drooled out of some Republican's mouth since 1999. And the media will treat it like a love-fest.
More of the same, indeed.