A couple of arch-conservatives (Pat Buchanan on MSNBC and Sam Spagnola, a Greensboro blogger I read) gave Obama's acceptance speech an A+. I didn't think it was THAT good. Some good lines, some good specifics, but I felt I had heard the close before. Too general. I'd give it a B+ or A-.
I was watching the speech with an 85-year-old relative who tends to vote Democrat -- loves the Clintons -- but threatened a few months ago to vote against Obama because "he's not white." (She may have been pulling my chain when she said that.) She said "this is not a good speech...it's disjointed." But she acknowledged she could feel that way because five of us were talking during it. I tried to shush the group up, saying "LISTEN. THIS IS HISTORIC." My 11-year-old stayed up late to watch the first part of it.
She thought the speeches of Bill and Hillary were better. She asked me in a disapproving tone, "What do you think of Michelle?"
My response: "She's AWFULLY DARK SKINNED, isn't she?" She did laugh at my dig at her prejudice. I think Michelle is great, I said -- beautiful.
I think she will grudgingly vote for Obama.
My bro-in-law is a Republican, and it was interesting to hear his critiques. I said if I were advising McCain, I'd proclaim the war in Iraq a great success, I'd say the economy is good, and the Democrats are a bunch of whiners, belly-achers, nervous nellies, pessimists, and negative thinkers. He agreed that's the strategy they should take.
I don't think it will work, though -- Obama is an OPTIMIST. His message is so positive. I predict Obama will win with at least 52% of the vote, maybe more.
I hear that McCain is struggling to get 10,000 people for a rally in Ohio, while Obama had to turn people away after the stadium in Denver filled at approximately 80,000....Democrats need to be wary of over-confidence. I will be surprised if Obama wins in a rout.