Feel free to throw in your two cents (we’re sure you will) — this is ours: weren’t impressed with Obama’s speech. The location looked very cool and was impressive on the wide shots. The build-up was magnificent. But the speech itself? No flow. Very choppy. More negative than we’ve ever heard him.
We expected one of his soaring Hope and Change vision things and instead got bogged down in how horrible McCain is and the standard list of Democrat bitches. Oh, and his grandparents are from Kansas. (And wouldn’t you feel slighted if you were from Hawaii? He was born and raised there, but if you asked someone, they’d probably say he was from either Topeka or Chicago.)
A few reasons for our disappointment in the speech probably had to do with the fact that it had to follow the great Hillary and Bill speeches. You can either like or hate their messages, but the delivery and flow of both speeches hit the mark. And another problem had to be the setting. Obama got lost amongst the 80,000 people. When they showed a wide shot, you never knew where it was he was standing.
As far as the stuff he said, none of it was a surprise (of course partly because we heard about half of it from Keith Olbermann before Obama even got out there…). Bush is bad, McCain will be Bush, McCain doesn’t “get it”, I’m young and hip and I do.
A couple of our favorite lines afterwards came from the NRO’s “The Corner“:
Instead of “I Have A Dream”, it was “I have a grievance.”
After Obama’s “This election isn’t about me, it’s about you” line:
Is Obama breaking up with us?
And if you were wondering, don’t expect much out of McCain either. The guy gives a terrible speech and is rotten with a teleprompter. But hopefully you’ll be able to see where he’s standing in the hall.
[Update, Friday afternoon: Hey, former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan agrees with our assessment. See her “flop-a-lini” review here.]
As we mentioned a while back, Leavenworth Street will be represented at the GOP’s gig in the Twin Cities next week. While Street Sweeper will not be attending, L. St. part-time correspondent, and full-time political consultant, Jordan McGrain will be sending us updates on the goings-on.
He will have camera in-tow, so if you’re there and see him, be sure to show your him your mug and maybe get your face on the blog.
As you may have seen, Omaha City Council President Dan Welch announced his retirement (is that the right word?) from the City Council the other day. Millard School Board President Jean Stothert — who lost her campaign for the legislature to Governor wanna-be Steve Lathrop by 12 votes — has already announced she is running.
Attorney Jon Blumenthal also told us he will announce next week whether or not he will run.
But Welch also creaked the door open just a smidge wider on his decision whether or not to run for Mayor. He has said he is 50-50 on whether or not to make the plunge.
Our take on all this: Hal Daub is running hard for his old job and is already raising money. Councilman Jim Suttle has all but announced his decision to run. But many of the monied interests in town don’t think Suttle can beat Daub.
So those many, who still want someone to take Daub out and can supply the cash to help do so, are (we’ll say “probably”) whispering in a number of candidates ears. How much cash will it take?
Dan Welch? Jim Vokal? Scott Hazelrigg? Shane Osborne?? Who could take out Daub?
And with all the above Republicans, you know they have to walk on eggshells around Daub, who is the patriarch of the Nebraska GOP these days. It’s a tricky dance. But with the obligation to raise money very very soon, we should know how this is all going to shake out before the November election. After that could be too late.