Melber: His speech was both soaring and chilling, imbued with
heartening idealism and wonkish detail; it deftly called for a new, civil politics while also issuing a call to arms against the lethal failures of the
“>Richard Kim: Some of the necessary, crucial themes seemed buried
too deep within. The economic crisis that most Americans struggle with was movingly highlighted, but the solutions–or even the chief culprits–remained
vague. The foreign policy dilemmas remained too wrapped in the language
of American exceptionalism. The culture war was assuaged, but only with
significant cheats–the idea, for example, that gun control is about
“keeping AK-47s out of the hands of criminals” or that same-sex marriage
was about visiting one’s loved one in the hospital.
Hayes: The moment he walked out to accept the nomination, when the
crowd swelled and the people next to me began to cheer and some teared, this
thing called History felt real and living and somehow inhabiting the
stadium and the podium and Obama himself.
Obama’s rhetorical genius is his ability to sink a well into the
troubled history of this strange flawed beautiful republic, and call
forth a geyser of optimism in the American Project. It’s something that
no one else can do, and once again, at a moment of maximum pressure, he
Bob Moser: When Biden means it, you know it–and the things he meant last night, he said with a kind of conviction and sincerity that the ’90s version of a Democratic populist, ol’ Bill, can only match in his rarest performances. Biden looks a lot like Barack Obama’s Bill Clinton–a guy who speaks the kind of American that Democrats in the South and the Midwest can hear. While the general consensus about “using Bill” has been “send him to Appalachia,” Biden just might be able to relieve Bubba of that duty and make a fresher case for Obama and the Democrats.
John Nichols: If Democrats are looking for a template to apply in the fall campaign, they could do no better than the one Kerry offered them Wednesday night. Indeed, had Kerry been as aggressive as this in 2004, this week’s convention might well be nominating him for a second term.