John Edwards at the DNC

I needed that. I just watched the live-streaming of John Edwards speaking at the DNC. It was awesome. Truly awesome. For so long now, the candidates have been having talks, conversations, and Town Hall meetings - retail politics, and while I was happy to see that type of discussion, this type of competitive, platform speech has been missing.  I never thought I would miss it, but it is a different genre. 

What is not different here, that has been the same throughout all of John Edwards' speeches is the truth and the passion in his words. No more careful measuring of phrases and talking points, just letting go and telling it like it is. If you don't like it, don't vote for him. That seems to be the message. Here I am, here is what I care about, vote for me or don't.

Below the break, I will bring you recaps from several sources that were there live-blogging the event.

Briefly from Jonathan Singer at MyDD:

The next speaker, John Edwards, comes in with a rather racous group of supporters in the back of the hall -- perhaps the first candidate to have a large, noticeable coterie of backers stacked in one section. Edwards is the second candidate to draq a barrage of camera flashes, though slightly less so than for Obama. Early on, Edwards draws loud cheers and a standing ovation talking about economic security, poverty and hunger. The theme of the speech, across the board, is that "it doesn't have to be that way"; and "Will you stand up" for these people in need, for America? Throughout, it is a high-powered speech. It almost evokes a preacher's sermon, drawing hoots, hollers and standing ovations. My only question is if the cheers are spread evenly through the crowd or if they were being led by his core group of supporters.

From Hotline On Call:

DNC Winter Meeting: Ex-Sen. John Edwards On The Stump

Standing ovations: 5

Used notes: Yes.

Introduced by
: Susan Turnbull

Subtle Theme: I make you cry. I make your hearts bleed. So vote for me, because it doesn't have to be that way. I'm the only one of these turkeys who has guts. Hillary and Obama are calculating. I'm real.

Overt Theme: There are major problems. It's our duty to fix them. Bad things don't have to happen. "This is not the time for political calculation. It's the time for political courage." "Silence is betrayal."

Bragging: Nothing, really.

Playing to the crowd: Uses death of Molly Ivins to say how important it is to "address women's health issues in our country.:" "union brothers and sisters" "Silence is a betrayal not to stop this president's plan to escalate the war." "We can not be satisfied with passing non-binding resolutions we know the president will ignore." "men and women who worked with their hands." "The unions, the men and women or organized labor. They will never lack the backbone to stand up to their workers." "It is time to be patriotic about something other from a war."

Cliches: "Will you stand up..." "It's time we stood up for an energy policy that's not dictated by the profits of big oil companies." "It is time for us to stand up for the real promise for America." "Tomorrow begins today."

Discordant note: none

Uses of the word "affordable": 0

Howard Dean suck up: None.

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Staffed by
: Sam Myers, Sam Myers Jr., David Bonior

I will upload the YouTube video as it becomes available, the transcript is available but I don't think it is worth it, wait for the video.

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speech notes

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Petition

"Keep the Faith"

It was a great speech,

I want to hear it again, he made many good points.

He Ain't Running for VP

I was very impressed that his speech pulled few punches. He challenged the DNC... and his competitors... to do the right thing and to do it now without settling for half measures. As I listened to Hillary afterward I was struck by her acceptance that only so much can be done politically until after the Democrats have the White House.
The voters didn't elect a Democratic majority to warm seats for two years. They elected change agents to make America better now, and I don't hear them as willing to settle for excuses. I know I'm not.

the email

From Bonior that I got tonight says they will have video up on the website soon.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Petition

"Keep the Faith"

Johnny Populist

I do indeed like me some fire in my politicians. ;) After this week and feeling very much like it was all just so much banging my head against a brick wall, I needed that.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."