10:04 p.m. – Again with the “Dallas” music.
10:05 p.m. – Cute opening to the McCain video. I like the “some call him names that can’t be repeated” and that was a nice touch having the mother chime in with “mama’s boy.” An unexpected laugh … it worked in this case.
10:09 p.m. – This is probably the best of the RNC videos … I like it. Also a nice touch with this ending, with the darkened convention floor and the narrator reading McCain’s words about living in a box.
10:22 p.m. – I’m glad to hear McCain express respect and admiration for Obama’s achievement. He needed to do that after last night.
10:25 p.m. – The protesters are making me nervous …
10:31 p.m. – Good speech thus far, but I think that you could put some of McCain’s lines up against Obama’s in his speech, and they’d be identical.
10:34 p.m. – This is the most effective part of the speech: McCain naming the people, by name, who he fights for.
10:46 p.m. – The Dean is asleep. Has been for the last five minutes. This speech should have ended five minutes ago.
10:47 p.m. – Yes, John, this is an ambitious agenda. I guess I wonder why some of these things weren’t done in the last 8 years …? You would think, from listening to this, that Republicans haven’t been in power the last 8 years.
11:02 p.m. – Nothing brings greater happiness in life than to serve a cause greater than yourself … Along with the suggestions of what one can do, that’s sounding a lot like what community organizers do, huh?
A better speech than I expected. Enough to win the election? Stay tuned …
Postscript: I’m watching the commentary and reaction on MSNBC right now, and Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” is playing. Maybe it’s me, but I will always, always, always associate that song with Tony Soprano.