"Never Been a Bad Girl" - Sabrina Chap
A totally fun song and video. I had the pleasure of meeting Sabrina Chap at Roy and Kia's wedding. I am looking forward to seeing her perform next time she comes to D.C.
So I thought the DNC got off to a terrific start last night. Some very good speeches, including a barn burner by Deval Patrick, a pretty credible effort by Julian Castro, and a superb performance by Michelle Obama. I am looking forward to hearing both Elizabeth Warren (Sully's absurd and nasty sniping notwithstanding) and Bill Clinton.
(They just had a female autoworker who works in the plant that builds the Chevy Cruze -- earlier Rich Trumka spoke and now Bob King, President of the UAW is on the stage. Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, also spoke earlier as did one of the Dream Act beneficiaries. The Democrats are making an all points pitch to everyone who has a stake in Obama's victory. It is a dramatically different party than the GOP -- that much is clear.)
I enjoyed watching the Bain victims, especially the last one, the former steelworker. (I am sure Sully will not approve -- everytime I start to like him, he reminds me of his essential doucheiness when it comes to matters economic.)
Is Al Franken drunk? Or is it just that nasally Minnesota accent?
Sandra Fluke is up there now. She's a very telegenic presence. I think she's got a bright future.
A very nice speech by Fluke, one that I would think would resonate particularly with young women.
And now Elizabeth Warren, who is doing a really fine job. She even cites a little scripture and doesn't seem like it's the first time that she's read those words. Really nice job by Warren, a very solid speech.
Bill Clinton -- a man who knows about burning on the inside for America. Or at least a certain portion of its citizenry. (He probably wouldn't ask for papers either.)
He is one folksy sonofabitch, isn't he? And smart -- really smart about how to construct a narrative. (This speech, unlike Warren's, seems tailor-made for Sully.)
This guy is a master story teller. As Josh Marshall notes, the way that the Republicans have built him up is a mystery, because he is going to stick the shiv in them like nobody's business.
Clinton is just killing it. He is making the case for Obama in a way that is going to resonate powerfully with all of those people -- and they appear to be legion -- who admire him.
He is just demolishing falsehood after falsehood leveled at Obama. And he's explaining so many things so well, especially the Medicare robbery canard.
God he loves being didactic about policy while also being political. And he is so damn good at it. He just gutted the Republicans on Medicaid. And now he is dealing with the "Welfare Reform" waiver calumny.
He's going on a little too long I think -- it is diluting the punch of an otherwise great speech.
But make no mistake about it, this was a powerful speech, one which will resonate with a whole lot of people (as well as pundits).
Oh, he gets a few more great punches in on voter suppression and the Dream Act. And a powerful close on the promise of America.
And now joined by Obama. Nice.
Quote of the night by Josh Marshall about Clinton:
"Hard for me even to fathom how much Clinton is relishing this. Like a caged animal let back out for a brief run in the wild."
Join with me in watching, won't you.