Thursday, August 28, 2008

DNC Night Three: Yesterday's Gone


Bill Clinton shared the spotlight with Vice Presidential nominee Joe Biden on Wednesday night. Overall, Clinton's speech was vintage Clinton and was solid enough that he and Mrs. Clinton will not be blamed should Obama-Biden lose in November.

However, I could not help but notice the irony of the old Fleetwood Mac song that was once the theme of Bill Clinton's rise to the Presidency in 1992. As the lyrics "yesterday's gone, yesterday's gone," blared out as he walked on stage, I wondered if President Clinton got the irony. The Clintons are no longer the driving force of the Democratic Party.

Joe Biden did what was expected. He talked about his personal story, which is a compelling one, and talked about issues that relate to his foreign policy experience. Biden wisely made his remarks relatively brief. Following the only living two term Democratic President of the United States was no favor to him. However, Biden got a nice solid single out of this speech.

The appearance of Barack Obama at the convention was about as much of a surprise as the sun rising in the morning and setting in the evening. Night three ended like the previous two. The message was clearer, but the Democrats did not seem to have the discipline and organization of such an event down.

Thursday night's action the crack staff of Voting under the Influence will watch via recorded video. Sorry, Senator Obama, the Gamecocks are playing. We realize we might be offending Zeus on that one.

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