Both the GOP and Democratic tickets are strangely balanced. This will be quite the election year, since a victory either way still produces a demographic first (first woman Vice President vs. first African-American President).

Obama’s speech yesterday drew on amazing speeches from the past. You would have thought that he was a rockstar, when the camera panned to reveal the 84,000 at the stadium (which I thought was a major fire hazard when the fireworks started going off).

For eighteen long months, you have stood up, one by one, and said enough to the politics of the past.  You understand that in this election, the greatest risk we can take is to try the same old politics with the same old players and expect a different result.  You have shown what history teaches us – that at defining moments like this one, the change we need doesn’t come from Washington.  Change comes to Washington.  Change happens because the American people demand it – because they rise up and insist on new ideas and new leadership, a new politics for a new time.

Barack Obama @ the DNC 2008
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