Anyone watching the television coverage of last nights session at the Democratic National Convention may have been confused. Despite several high profile speeches, including Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, only one was shown in its entirety. What happened to the rest of the speakers?
Four years ago a young State Senator from Illinois rocked the house with a stirring Keynote Address. But this year’s Keynote Speaker was relegated to an early slot, and was virtually uncovered by television. Mark Warner should be righteously ticked off.
Those who did see Governor Sebelius’ speech on CSPAN or online were massively under impressed. Sebelius may have had some lines, but her delivery was lacking. When you are trying to rile up a crowd that large, with that many distractions, you have to be great, not good. Sebelius is not great.
But this night was only about Hillary. And, unsurprisingly, so was Hillary’s speech. With less than a dozen references to the actual nominee, and none which praised him in any specific way, Clinton gave a potentially great speech that benefited only herself.
When it came to Clinton discussing Barack Obama, the speech was less than lukewarm and unpersuasive. One only had to watch Michelle Obama’s stiff reactions to see the continued bad blood surging. It would be hard to argue with a conspiracy theorist who thought that was a 2012 warm up speech.
The Clinton’s grip on the convention is moving forward. Tonight Bill Clinton speaks. Already the mainstream media is highlighting his speech over even the acceptance speech of Joe Biden. This is Bill’s night, not Joe’s, and the Obamas will have to suffer through it. But there is good news for Barack. The rumor says that Bill is dissing him and will not attend his speech at Invesco Field. Maybe, after tonight, Barack can have a piece of the Party.