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7:05pm MST – As we begin, Chelsea is giving a speech introducing her mother. She still looks quite a bit younger than I think she should.
7:07 – Hillary used to leave notes for young Chelsea detailing her plans for improving childcare in Arkansas. Cute, but…I mean, c’mon.
7:10 – We’re getting a good framing of “Hillary as caring mom”, which is nice. She’s always handled mothering well.
7:12 – The image of “Hillary as a fighter for you”, is also a good one.
7:16 – The speech is over, and now we go to the obligatory candidate video, narrated by Morgan Freeman, because of course it is.
7:19 – We’re getting repeats of a lot of the bits we heard the other night when Bill spoke. It’s a bit eh. The watermelon bit was amusing, though.
7:22 – Glad to see that the Democrats aren’t above exploiting 9/11. I really look forward to when this is no longer something viable for candidates to talk about.
7:24 – Ah, “the bin Laden situation”. Another thing I am kind of tired hearing about, and btw, we didn’t “bring him to justice”, as people like to say. That would have involved a trial, which we didn’t bother with.
7:25 – “There is more than enough of the American dream to go around…” Excellent.
7:27 – Finally done. It wasn’t terrible, but…eh. Now on to the main event!
7:28 – Whatever problems the Clintons might have had during their marriage, I still get the impression of two people who care deeply about each other. It’s nice to see.
7:29 – Ok, the video has been done for two minutes now. Can we stop with the song and get to the speech?
7:31 – She certainly seems quite choked-up, which is understandable!
7:33 – A few moments of self-deprecating humor. Always welcome!
7:35 – A thank-you out to Sanders. A smart idea, given the Sandernistas who continue to agitate.
7:38 – An emphasis on compromise by invoking the Founding Fathers. Quite wise, especially given the way the Republicans (and the extreme left), have viewed compromise as vice rather than virtue.
7:39 – “Rise together”. There’s a campaign motto for you.
7:42 – She’s taking Trump head-on. This is good.
7:43 – Now they’re chanting her name. Seems spontaneous, but my guess is that it’s an effort to drown-out some Bern Victims.
7:47 – “Love trumps hate” is also a great motto.
7:49 – She’s directly addressing her public perception and personality issues. That’s good.
7:54 – She’s never going to go down as a great public speaker, but she is making some excellent points about what really matters.
7:57 – Sanders looking dour. But to be fair, I suspect he’d look dour even if someone handed him a gold brick on a platinum plate.
7:58 – “When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit!” I do like some of these lines.
8:02 -Appointing the right kind of justices is a good first step. Second? Making the Senate give them hearings.
8:04 – “I believe in science!” It’s quite sad that that’s a campaign point.
8:06 – Interesting to see how many non-white faces are out there. From what I understand, only about 20 of the delegates at the RNC were black. 20. I also like that she’s calling it, “Donald Trump’s convention”.
8:09 – Now talking about student debt. A definite plus for the Sanders crowd. And a sop out to those who want to go to technical schools. An excellent idea.
8:13 – Now calling out Trump on his various shady and hypocritical business practices. A wise move. The idea of “Trump as successful businessman” needs to be stomped down hard.
8:15 – She’s right to tout the Iranian deal, even if it was done after she left office.
8:17 – I’ve seen others talk about it, now I will, too. It’s strange, fascinating, and a little neat to see the Democrats co-opting all the religious and patriotic imagery that the Republicans have relied on for the last 35 years. It wears better on the Democrats than it did on the Republicans.
8:18 – “A man you can bait with a Tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”
8:20 – “I’m not here to repeal the Second Amendment. I’m not here to take away your guns. I just don’t want you to get shot by someone who shouldn’t have a gun in the first place.”
8:26 – A reminder of how important it is to stand up to bullies. I like that.
And that’s that. I enjoyed it for the most part. Good, but not quite great. She said what needed to be said, and said it well enough, though. Even if she didn’t quite hit it out of the park, it was still a solid triple, and that’s fine.