Joe Biden’s speech at the DNC last night (which I saw this morning) was better than I expected, most likely because my expectations of his ability to deliver on the national stage is at an all-time low. The gist of his speech was that (a) he was born in Scranton, PA from a working-class family and (b) he was born in Scranton, PA from a working-class family and (c) he was born in Scranton, PA from a working-class family. He sounds scrappy, and he came from a hard-scrabble background, and he has a raspy voice with tough language to back it up (he didn’t curse). I suppose they picked him because some folks percieve Obama to be out-of-touch with the working-class families of Scranton, PA. That, and his son is a soldier in Iraq. They didn’t forget to leave that out.
So, remember: White working-class families from Scranton, PA; Son is in Iraq; McCain is more of the same; grow up.
Bill Clinton’s speech was great, of course, but he’s the best there is at speeches.