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"The open air Obama acceptance speech is…one of the biggest and possibly craziest gambles of this or..."

“The open air Obama acceptance speech is…one of the biggest and possibly craziest gambles of this or any other presidential campaign of the modern era. Everyone can define what can go wrong, and no one can quite define what “great move” would look like. It has every possibility of looking like a Nuremberg rally; it has too many variables to guarantee a good tv picture; the set, the Athenian columns, looks hokey; big crowds can get in the way of subtle oratory. My own added thought is that speeches are delicate; they’re words in the air, and when you’ve got a ceiling the words can sort of go up to that ceiling and come back down again. But words said into an open air stadium…can just get lost in echoes, and misheard phrases. People working the technical end of the event are talking about poor coordination, unclear planning, and a Democratic National Committee that just doesn’t seem capable of decisive and sophisticated thinking. So: this all does seem very much a gamble.”

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Peggy Noonan on tonight’s acceptance speech by Obama at the DNC convention. (via cajunboy)

Fair, but you know what? Every single aspect of this convention has been a ‘gamble’. What was Hillary going to say? Is Bill on board? Are they highjacking the convention? Did they waste their first night? Can Michelle connect? Will they hammer McCain? The entire thing has not only run perfectly, but it has built and built like an epic film or powerful sermon. Everyone is going to talk about how tonight is some big gamble… and obviously, it won’t be.

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