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Denver Delegates, listen here, these ladies speak for me!

Posted on: August 27, 2008

After Hillary gave the most critical speech of her life, and indeed it is most thankless speech if ever, I am moved, ready to take on Chris Matthews Leg, (CML is now the virtual benchmark reference) but, strangely unmoved.  Even as I was listening to Hillary, a part of me was thinking of Ted Kennedy (whom I had passionately supported) and his speech which back then tingled me way off the CML chart.

Listen below to the speech Ted gave in 1980, known as The Dream Shall Never Die speech in subsequent years, it has the cadence, verbiage and rhetorical echoes of Shakespeare (Mark Antony funeral oration) and Alfred Tennyson’s Ulysses’s forward looking pragmatism. – as bookends.

 If you remember, Keenedy spoke essentially a concession speech, for three days in a row prior to that speech, and infact for weeks and months preceding, there had gone on intense fight over every step leading to the convention. Platform ideas, specific palnks, credentials, rules and rulings, and a last minute fight to let delegates change their mind or not. Kennedy fought every step of the way, publicly. Not one leader in the party had told him to not stand up for himself. Not one media pundit told him to shut up, let alone stand down.

After Ted spoke delegates would not sit down for nearly a half-hour, so stirred were they by that ‘barn burner’ as one southerner had described it. Yet, In that speech, Ted Kennedy referred to a sitting president once.

How many times did Hillary refer to her primary opponent? You count….

Some have actually moved on. There are of course, all kinds of arguments. One can’t argue one’s way to a vote. A vote has to be earned with a lifetime of serivice or brilliant ideas, or excellent service.

One can bait and switch, run in cricles all day long as this fellow does to these women in the video below. It is easy to trap people into a sense of guilt, irrationality or school yard diminution. Even when people can’t be eleoquent, logical or clever in argument, even if people are not good with repartee, votes are votes.

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