Props to Senator John Kerry for giving the delegates a little red meat.  It amazes me how John McCain has escaped the “flip-flopper” meme thus far.

But Senator Kerry did a good job drawing the distinctions last night.  Take a look:


We need a lot more of this!

Just one small critique moving forward: Please STOP prefacing every attack on John McCain with compliments like, “He is my friend, but” or “He is an honorable man, but . . .” or “He has served his country with pride, but . . . “ etc. The Republicans have not and most likely will not return the favor next week (people like Joe Scarborough and Pat Buchanan have promised as much). As I said before, they will go “there.”

Still, folks like the Clintons, Biden, Kucinich and Schweitzer have done an admirable job of drawing some of those distinctions.  And I think that this convention has done a great job in doing two things that might prove more valuable than attacking McCain. . . 1.) building party unity; and 2.) energizing the base.  Combine that with record voter registration/turnout and you’ve got a solid plan for victory.

My favorite part of Kerry’s speech:

“This election is a chance for America to tell the merchants of fear and division, ‘YOU don’t decide who loves this country! YOU don’t decide who’s a patriot! YOU don’t decide who’s service counts and who’s doesn’t!’

. . . Four years ago I said it and I’ll say it again tonight. That flag that hangs from the rafter and that you have waived this evening; that flag doesn’t belong to any ideology. It doesn’t belong to any political party. It is an enduring symbol of our nation and it belongs to all the American people. After all, patriotism is not love of power or some trick. Patriotism is love of country.”

Please remember this when you watch the Republican Convention next week.

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