11:59. Good night!
11:45. As tactics, a masterful speech, moving into the center that the GOP thinks it has occupied. As rhetoric, it meshed his gift for the demotic with the phrasemaking, the latter not often among his strongest suits. I suspect “homegrown demagogues” and “We don’t look to be ruled” will be alluded to for many years.
11:38. “You are the best organizers on the planet, and I appreciate the change you made possible.”
11:26. Magnaminous salute to #feeltheBern.
11 p.m. “Our promise doesn’t come from a self-proclaimed savior; we don’t look to be ruled….America has never been what one person can do for us. It’s what we can achieve together.”
10:55. I will never escape — we will never escape — “City of Blinding Lights.”
10:46. The pundits aren’t wrong: Barack Obama’s hair has greyed damn fast.
10:40. Conor Friedersdorf
I just figured out the Tim Kaine pick: he is too bland and indistinct for any conceivable Donald Trump insult nickname to stick.
10:35. Presidents Jefferson and Wilson will not comment on the use of their Christian names.
10:31. Guys, he’s cutting of his g’s, it’s serious.
10:26. The crowd loves Kaine’s awful Trump impersonation. He looks like he tries to cop a a feel after a sip of Icehouse. But I think of Gandalf: “A fool. But an honest fool.”
10:19: “Can I tell ya a funny thing about the Senate?” Tell us one funny thing, please.
10:18. Ohhhhh…I’m sure he regretted that well-intentioned Bernie remark.
10:16. “Tough times don’t last; tough people do” — I’m bored of this muscle flexing.
10:15. I can’t imagine Tim Kaine getting mad at a shoe that won’t fit.
10:11. man do I pick on my straight Jesuit-trained friends for “Men for others.” Campaign slogan?
10:07. SEMPER FI! Trump’s remarks earlier today called for the flag-waving.
10:06. I dunno about that tie and shirt combination on Kaine: red, black, and grey-striped tie against slate grey shirt.
10:01. Senator Tim Kaine looks like a nice, innocuous man, i.e. a traditional vice president.
9:58: Tonight’s Jay Nordlinger Watch: @jaynordlinger
It’s Lisa Bonet’s husband! Ah, Lisa … #memories
9:58: Chris Matthews on Bloomberg: the speech was a defense of “pure capitalism at its finest.”
9:54. Bryan Williams: “This could be a law firm: Kravitz, Scott, and Kaine.”
9:48. Meanwhile on Earth-3, Tucker Carlson chooses to address Nancy Pelosi’s remarks, which are “under fire” for attacking Trump supporters. Not a word about Panetta, Biden, and Bloomberg. This tells me they’re worried.
9:42. Stone cold silence when he said Democrats got in the way of education reform.
9:41. Bloomberg letting his New Yawk accent out: “I don’t understaynd!”
9:39. “I’ve often encouraged business leaders to run for office…but not all.”
9:36. Understanding the strategic imperative for having Michael Bloomberg as the spokesman for independent voters doesn’t mean I have to like his prissy-smug Joe Lieberman act.
9:26. “We lead by our power rand the power of our example” is too jingoistic a line for me to endorse, but Joe Biden is the only one whose rhetorical force can give it poignancy.
9:19. “Listen to me without booing or cheering.”
9:10. I still brace when an official calls the president by name. Impossible, for example, to imagine Spiro Agnew calling Richard Nixon “Dick.” Actually, I can.
9:04. Glossy promo film prefacing Vice President Joe Biden’s address. Cool clip of the young Biden, with hair and a firm voice, berating Secretary of State George Schultz for the Reagan administration’s coddling of South Africa’s govenmen.
8:59. Hi! We’re back. Long day. The former defense secretary and CIA director Leon Panetta was shouted down by, reportedly, Bernie Sanders’ California delegation. Of course this offends Very Serious People. I don’t care. It’s creepy as hell to have a former defense secretary and CIA director Leon Panetta endorse a candidate and watch a crowd shout “USA!!!” even if I’m offended by Donald Trump’s remarks.