DNC: Who cares? I do!

I’ve had a lot fun this week watching the DNC on C-Span (which is great — no blowhard commentary). I am unashamed to say that I am a big ol’ lefty and I wear the liberal badge with pride.
Anyway, I kind of fell asleep last night during Kerry’s speech — not because it was boring, but because I was absolutely exhausted. I worked early hours this week in an effort to get out early and avoid the (supposed) traffic. As it turns out, this was probably unnecessary, but I had committed myself to it, and thus had to stick to it.
My favorite speeches of the convention were Barack Obama, Howard Dean and Al Sharpton. I think Obama was the best, and while he’s not in my top three, I also liked John Edwards’ speech. To be honest, many of the other speeches were a little boring. Gephardt’s was a snoozer. But overall, I liked the excitement of the crowds, and I believed, just a little bit, that Kerry is going to win this thing, and he is going to start making efforts toward everything he was promising, like more jobs, better healthcare, less taxes for the middle and working classes, etc. It’s easy to be a cynic and say that it’s just campaign promises, and if you talk to me in two years I may be thoroughly disappointed. But I have to have a little faith — otherwise I might drive myself crazy and end up not voting.
And, regardless of what way y’all are voting, I hope you guys are all registered!

4 Comments so far

  1. Em (unregistered) on July 30th, 2004 @ 4:13 am

    I totally agree with you, Megan. I liked watching the DNC, it gave me excitment and hope about the Dems, etc. It may be misguided and I am sure my cynical self will be back shortly but I wanna rally and I want Kerry to win! I have never felt so much like my life will be effected by an election, and that is moving to me.
    I am sad to say I missed Al Gore speaking (I *heart* Al) but I agree about Al Sharpton. He was great. John Kerry moved me too, the whole “Help is on the way!” thing (balanced with Edwards theme of “hope is on the way!”) was a good one, I thought.
    Now I am dreading the RNC. I think I will avoid coverage of it as much as possible. I can’t stand the sight or sound of our President, and that is truly sad.

  2. Em (unregistered) on July 30th, 2004 @ 4:47 am

    Oh, I also meant to add: does anyone else cringe every time Edwards does the Double Thumbs Up? It’s so dorky! But also kind of endearing, because he really has no idea.

  3. mk (unregistered) on July 30th, 2004 @ 4:49 am

    Well, cuteness excuses a lot of things. And he is very cute.

  4. Em (unregistered) on July 30th, 2004 @ 4:50 am

    Really? I like him. But I think he’s kind of plastic like, Ken Dollesque, etc.

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