I watched Kerry’s speech live last night from Springfield, Ohio. He kicked ass, and you could hear a collective sigh (a nod to andante) of relief from Democrats across the nation.
The most notable thing about the speech was that it wasn’t just a knee-jerk reaction to the bitter and harshly personal attacks coming out the the RNC. Kerry was pissed, yes, but he did something he might have learned as both a soldier and an attorney – he turned the weight of those attacks right back on the attacker and didn’t allow them to stick. That reminded me of the way Bill Clinton used to campaign, and it drove his opponents nuts because no matter what they said, he could turn it back on them, leaving them spluttering and fuming. Well, John Kerry is no Bill Clinton when it comes to deftness, but at least he’s now listening to people like Joe Lockhart who went through the worst of the Dark Times with Clinton and survived. Let’s hope this is a sign of things to come.