Grading the Democratic convention
Gold Star: Hillary
I think she knew this would be the speech of her career and, in my opinion, she hit it out of the park. Tough, resolved and rallying, Hillary was able to remain gracious to her supporters while pulling the political equivalent of Shatner telling the Trekkies to get a life. Phenomenal job,
Demerit: The Strange Chemistry between Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann
Someone find Dan Patrick, please. As the overall political commentary on MSNBC grows more and more impossible to watch, no two pundits make stranger bedfellows than Matthews and Olbermann. Perhaps the powers that be at MSNBC thought that Olbermanns dry bemusement would be a sobering match for Matthews unbridled hysteria, but I beg to differ. It may have been the Colorado wind but every time I tuned in Matthews hair had gotten more out of control and Olbermanns left eyebrow had risen higher. I miss Tim Russert.
Gold Star: MSNBCs Election Theme Music
It makes me feel like chanting USA! USA! even more than the theme music to HBOs John Adams miniseries did.
Gold Star: Michelle Obama
Can we elect her? (Seriously, can we?)
Demerit: CNNs Interview of Ann Price Mills
After Hillarys speech on Day 2 of the Convention, CNN interviewed delegate and Hillary supporter Ann Price Mills for her reaction, an interview that evolved quickly from interesting to unintentionally hilarious to oh-no-I-think-shes-off-her-meds.
A good reporter would have ended the interview as soon as Mills made it clear that she was leaving the land of lucidity but, God bless CNN, they kept the camera on her for almost four minutes. Journalism at its best.
Gold Star: The Look on Anderson Coopers Face after CNNs Interview of Ann Price Mills.
Gold Star: Obamas Acceptance Speech
Finally, we see some fight from the guy. I knew it had to be in there. Hes from Chicago, for goodness sake. Heres hoping he continues to act like it.
Demerit: The Music Following Obamas Acceptance Speech
We get it: Hes one of Us. But country music? Really? Bring back Bruce Springsteen. Stat. Bruuuuce!