Now THAT was a night at the convention! Fleetwood Mac thinking about tomorrow. Bill Clinton talking about yesterday. Joe Biden’s son making us cry. A “surprise” appearance by Barack Obama (and the delightful surprise: a full-mouth kiss he gave Biden’s wife … did you catch that?). Whew! Surely Political Nanny wasn’t the only one thinking we, the U.S., might actually move out of these dark, dark years and into something more fun! More exciting! More 1992!
The first two nights of the convention, well, they were kind of ehn. Michelle was fab but rushed. Hillary Clinton’s speech was fine, great really. But also sounded rushed. Plus, the tension. Did she say enough? Did she mention his name? It was just nice to get it over with.
But then last night, Bill … President Bill Clinton … got pissy. Yes, yes, he praised Obama, said the young senator was ready, called on all Democrats to come together and vote and to ignore anybody who calls him “inexperienced” or “not ready to be commander in chief.” We’ll ignore for a moment that his wife said those things. And riffing on Fleetwood Mac, we’ll think about five tomorrows to the Republican Covention where this will be a mantra. However! Clinton argued the same was said about him, back in the day, back in 1992 (ahhhh, ’92 …).
Since anger at the Bush administration can be so moving, and since no one does anger like Joe Biden, Political Nanny couldn’t help but enjoy the senator/VP nominee from Delaware (or Scranton, Penn., or, as CNBC had him listed, from Maryland!). Of course, his son’s intro to the Senator got everybody juiced up on love and agony (Biden’s first wife and daughter were killed in a car wreck just after he won his first election …).
Finally, Biden was unleashed. He upbraided the Bush administration and its supporters (ahem! McCain). Oh, and praised his super old mom for raising him to punch back. Yow! We’re looking forward to lots of Joe in the near future (clearing the calendar for VP debates for sure).
We all kind of knew Barack Obama would show up at the end. Nice touch and apparently unprecedented. A few too many shots of John Kerry (who had to have been thinking of his own lackluster convention … except for that one super shining moment when that one junior Senator from Illinois brought down the house). But that’s history.
Back to thinking about tomorrow (or the 90s … same difference, perhaps?).