Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Live Commentary In Real Time - John Edwards

John Edwards is walking out to "Liftin' Me Higher," playing up the "John Edwards is the most optimistic man EVER" thing. I heard the second choice was "Shiny Happy People." Not really, but Jesus, have you ever seen a shinier dude?

Ah yes, going after the values theme. "You don't judge someone's values based on how they use that word in apolitical ad." I like it, Johnny.

"More negative attacks. Aren't you sick of it?" Damn, sounds like he's talking right to you.

Optimism, optimism, optimism. Ah yes, and the good ole "Two Americas." Sort of feels recycled but I guess the point is that this is the first time a lot of people are hearing it. Maybe he'll kick it up a notch as it goes on.

Whoah, he's getting pissed. Nice, John. "I have heard some discussions and debates about where, and in front of what audiences we should talk about race, equality, and civil rights. Well I have an answer to that question. Everywhere. Everywhere. Everywhere." Feels like his Clinton moment right there. And by the way, the officially released text of the speech had only 1 "everywhere."

Edwards to terrorists: "We Will Destroy You." Never heard him talk so tough before. Think it will get my dad to stop calling Democrats "appeasers?" Right.

Wow, he's promoting a real expansion of the military. Talk about trying to neutralize a traditionally Republican issue. Too bad it will further alienate Nader voters. This campaign is clearly not engaging them, instead going after the swing voters in the middle, the Clinton model. While I understand the strategy, a big part of me does wish they would push left. We spoke with a representative of the middle-of-the-road DLC. Dave will expound tomorrow. It was a really interesting conversation.

Wow this guy is great on TV.

Another Clinton moment - "Hope Is On The Way," except he's not hitting it out of the park like the Big Dog.

Maureen Dowd nicknamed Laura Bush "the best decision George Bush ever made." I suspect the same will be said of John Kerry's choice of running mate.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too hawkish by half for my tastes.
The first chink in the armor for the beloved Edwards...

- Koelsch

11:05 AM  
Blogger Teterla said...

From the little that I was able to catch, he knows how to work it: himself, the crowd, his own rhetoric.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Teterla said...

Oooh, this is cool. Koelsch and I are debating as I write this about Edwards and his work last night. How was he appealing to certain factors ... and really, what do you think that his advisors defined as his audience? Because he wasn't speaking to me, and he wasn't speaking to Christopher. It was effective, no doubt, and I heard what he was saying, but I was not his direct target. Who was?

12:02 PM  
Blogger Barbie from Berwick, PA said...

I sent this e-mail message to MSNBC bloggers, the Kerry-Edwards team and all of the networks and got no response.

I guess no one cares what an undecided 18-4o yr old female thinks!

Tim thanks for at least giving a voice to music at the DNC.

But why didn't all of the TV networks cut away from the BEP performance?????

Hey Guys!

I watched your program Tuesday night and I thought it was very interesting because Joe Scarborough and Ron Reagan spoke from their hearts about an important issue - - - stem cell research and bloggers. Likewise, you talked about "Barack around the clock" he was a sensational speaker. Tonight you guys really let me down - - - C'mon give us a break - - - who was that reporter talking about some Creative Coalition Party and the Red Hot Chili Peppers - - - RHCP and some other movie stars. Guys! Wake Up! Why does MSNBC have a reporter who knows nothing about the RHCP or movie stars covering a story he knows absolutely nothing about?????? I mean isn't that Journalism 101: shouldn't the reporter have known what the heck he was talking about? That cat "had know idea what he was talking about and he doesn't watch half of the movies." He spoke about Tony leaving a glass of wine. I mean while the RHCP have a huge fan base they are soooooooooooo yesterday. Moreover, during that cat's little report and your "After Hours" chat I checked out NBC- Leno had Robbie Williams (a raucous Brit); CBS - Dave Letterman had "213" Snoop; Jimmy Kimmel had "New Edition" and MTV had "Truespin" with Wendy Williams.

Sorry guys but tonight you were super boring!!!!!! The snooze factor was very high! Get some young, hip, real people on the panel. The best part of your entire discussion was the end when Joe Trippi spoke about I mean get serious - - - Joe Trippi spoke about the 18-24 demographic and the undecided voter. Well, I am a registered Republican from PA and I am still not sure who I am going to vote for in November and I'm bored really, really bored with your chat. MTV did a Chose or lose interview with Kerry and that was great! Why can't you guys get real??????

Q: Why oh why did you cut away from the Black Eyed Peas when they were performing after Edward's spoke. I switched over to FOX news just to see the performance. "Let's Get It Started" now the BEP is interesting a diverse group who speak their mind. If you don't know who they are you are missing the boat - - - their song "Where Is the Love" is an antiwar song. Why did MSNBC cut away from them? Who cares what reporters think about a speech. I really don't care what MSNBC reporters think about Edward's I would have liked to hear some young reporter talk about BEP and why performed at the DNC. Why isn't anyone talking about the music the DNC is choosing to use when the speakers come up to the podium? Now that would be interesting to the 18-24 yr old demographic and the 30-45 demographic. Everyone missed the reference to John Lennon - - - that song was played last night when Dean took the podium and everyone in the mainstream media missed it. Kerry went to Vietnam, marched for Peace and played in a band. Why isn't anyone talking about that????????? The only blog I saw on this was Tom Beeton at and a reference to the

The Lyrics of the John Lennon song are as follows (18-45 demographic):


You say you want a revolution
Well you know we all wanna change the world
You tell me that it's evolution
Well you know we all wanna change the world
But when you talk about destruction
Don't you know that you can count me out

Don't you know it's gonna be alright
Don't you know it's gonna be alright
Don't you know it's gonna be alright

You say you got a real solution
Well you know we'd all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution
Well you know we're all doing what we can
But if you want money for people with minds that hate
All I can tell you is brother you have to wait

Don't you know it's gonna be alright
Don't you know it's gonna be alright
Don't you know it's gonna be alright

You say you'll change the constitution
Well you know we'd all love to change your head
You tell me it's the institution
Well you know you better free you mind instead
But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao
You ain't gonna make it with anyone anyhow

Don't you know it's gonna be alright
Don't you know it's gonna be alright
Don't you know it's gonna be alright

Alright, alright, alright...

I mean young people are up after hours so why can't you guys talk to us about this stuff? This stuff is interesting to me! The cat from Clearview was OK but still not the BEP and definitely not
John Lennon.

I did watch Edwards speech and I like his family values but I taped MTV (Jessica Simpson & Ashlee Simpson). Nobody seems to be talking about Edward's daughter - - - I liked her quote "Ships in a habor are safe but that's not what ships were built for." Great intro speech! She was credible, interesting and brief.

I'm sailing away from anymore "After Hours" chats though during Edwards speech MTV was airing Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey and Ashlee Simpson and FX aired "Rescue Me."

I will be watching Kerry speak tonight and my question is "You say you got a real solution Well you know we'd all love to see the plan."

I'm from a Berwick, PA a very conservative rural town. Show me don't tell me and you media people really need to get a clu, read the blog's and hire some young reporters.

See ya!

"In the end only kindness matters." Jewel

4:12 PM  

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