Red Meat

29Aug08

He starts off thanking Hillary. Wow. Bill next. Then Teddy. Joe Biden. Then the love of his life, Michelle. And his daughters. But Hillary came first.


The Theme of his introductory video was that we make a promise to our kids that they can do anything if they put their mind to it. It is that promise that has always set this country apart, he says. And somehow, that America is in jeopardy because we’re going through a bad economic cycle, and because of broken Washington and evil G.W. Bush.

It is that promise that has always set this country apart – that through hard work and sacrifice, each of us can pursue our individual dreams but still come together as one American family, to ensure that the next generation can pursue their dreams as well.

America, we are better than these last 8 years.

Then he introduces the new kinda politics and goes straight on the attack.

Now let there be no doubt. The Republican nominee, John McCain, has worn the uniform of our country with bravery and distinction, and for that we owe him our gratitude and respect. And next week, we’ll also hear about those occasions when he’s broken with his party as evidence that he can deliver the change that we need.

But the record’s clear: John McCain has voted with George Bush ninety percent of the time.

Red Meat. He came with the red meat that was missing from the convention up to this point. And he provided some details of his vision for what change means to him, the best chance people have had yet to see just how fundamentally liberal he is.

America, now is not the time for small plans.

Now is the time to finally meet our moral obligation to provide every child a world-class education, because it will take nothing less to compete in the global economy. Michelle and I are only here tonight because we were given a chance at an education. And I will not settle for an America where some kids don’t have that chance. I’ll invest in early childhood education. I’ll recruit an army of new teachers, and pay them higher salaries and give them more support. And in exchange, I’ll ask for higher standards and more accountability. And we will keep our promise to every young American – if you commit to serving your community or your country, we will make sure you can afford a college education.

(You can’t fix education with Democrats in power because of their partnership with the teacher’s unions.)

Now is the time to finally keep the promise of affordable, accessible health care for every single American. If you have health care, my plan will lower your premiums. If you don’t, you’ll be able to get the same kind of coverage that members of Congress give themselves. And as someone who watched my mother argue with insurance companies while she lay in bed dying of cancer, I will make certain those companies stop discriminating against those who are sick and need care the most.

(Universal health care is coming with Barack – medical care provided with the same inspiration that education has.)

Now is the time to help families with paid sick days and better family leave, because nobody in America should have to choose between keeping their jobs and caring for a sick child or ailing parent.

(Who’s going to pay for that? Who should?)

Now is the time to change our bankruptcy laws, so that your pensions are protected ahead of CEO bonuses; and the time to protect Social Security for future generations.

(ah, social security. One of the three federal programs driving us toward bankruptcy. As all social programs do)

And now is the time to keep the promise of equal pay for an equal day’s work, because I want my daughters to have exactly the same opportunities as your sons.

He’s a big government, anti-capitalism kind of guy.

And just as we keep our keep our promise to the next generation here at home, so must we keep America’s promise abroad. If John McCain wants to have a debate about who has the temperament, and judgment, to serve as the next Commander-in-Chief, that’s a debate I’m ready to have.

No, he wants to have a debate about who has the qualifications, experience, and a track record to justify even being considered for the White House.

Barack sought to take the debate away from experience and pull it back into the realm of judgment, where he does better, he thinks. We’ll see if America buys it.

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