Thursday, July 29, 2004

A B+

That's my early grade on Kerry's speech. It was an interesting speech, but probably a speech that reads better on paper than as delivered. He is not an inspiring speaker (ala Clinton or Edwards), but I don't think the purpose of the speech was to inspire. The purpose of this speech is to reassure people that this man is strong, that he can relate to their values, and that America will be OK with him in the White House.

And just for the record, the run up to his speech (the 45 minutes or so before) gets an A+: his daughters speeches, the biopic, Max Cleland, and the men who served with him in Vietnam. That was inspiring. The single message that comes out of the convention is this: John Kerry is an authentic American hero. Republicans disparaging his record in Vietnam do so at extreme risk.