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July 30, 2004

Open Thread

Wracked by a spasm of optimism, I created a new category. Marti, you asked for it, so keep the good news coming. Of course if Kerry loses the very thought of this moment will require an entire bottle of whisky to drown my sorrow... but seriously, I haven't felt this optimistic since my sophomore year in college, walking across the damp flagstone paths at Yale, hearing Clinton's acceptance speech echo across the courtyard from every window.

So, here's an open thread. Everyone please chime in with thoughts about Kerry's speech (or the convention as a whole).

Posted by jay at July 30, 2004 11:26 AM | TrackBack
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To my stunned suprise, I found myself gobstruck the other day when, while I was making dinner, Al Sharpton started preaching the gospel of democracy from the pulpit at Fleet Cathedral. I heard later that Sharpton was scheduled for six minutes. He spoke for 20 and the crowd was wild for him. WILD.

Hell, check it out.

"And let me quickly say, this is not just about winning an election. It's about preserving the principles on which this very nation was founded."

"The issue of government is not to determine who may sleep together in the bedroom, it's to help those that might not be eating in the kitchen."

The whole thing is here on the Guardian here. Read it. You won't get the fire of hearing the Rev deliver it, but there's some passion in there.

And yeah, it made me feel passionate and optimistic about recovering our democracy.

Posted by: pam on July 30, 2004 11:51 AM

I just hope the balloon guy doesn't get fired. It was hilarious! Actually, I'm surprised it didn't make a bigger story today.

Posted by: david on July 30, 2004 01:22 PM
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