First off, for those of you that asked: unlike Cassie Bernall, she did say yes.
After the proposal, Ruben Gallego had to leave the floor. He assigned his duties to John Adams, a retired general. Gallego, a Marine Corps grunt, noted the irony of an enlisted man giving the general an order.
I think I made this point in my “live blogging:” for all of the talk about angry Hillary Clinton delegates being disgruntled and ready to jump ship, the Clinton delegates, at least in our delegation, whooped, hollered and cheered when Barack Obama’s name was mentioned just as loudly as the Obama delegates did.
I spoke to Dennis DeConcini about Ted Kennedy’s speech and we agreed that the man still has “it.” There is something about the way he speaks. Look at a guy like Tom Harkin, or even Jesse Jackson. Those two can be inspiring, but there is a bit of anger in the rhetoric, a bit of us vs. them. I don’t get that vibe from Kennedy at all. I don’t know how he does it.
I found Jim Leach’s speech a bit dry, but he laid down an excellent conservative case against the current Republican party. I think it was the first time the name Everett Dirksen was invoked at a Democratic convention.
A word or two on Tom Harkin. You may have noticed that he signed the first part of his introduction of Leach. His brother is deaf, so he learned to sign. His withdrawl from the 1992 presidential race was done in a speech at Gallaudet University, a school for the deaf.