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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

LIVE from Denver: Funny quips from warmup speakers, Warner keynote

This evening's festivities are well underway here in Denver tonight, with Mark Warner taking the stage minutes ago to begin his keynote address.

Introducing himself to the national audience watching live, Warner talked about his own background and initial failures in business. He quickly moved on to explain what Democrats would do if we held the White House. Economic security, environmental protection, clean energy, healthcare, and technology would all be priorities under President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, Warner said.

"In just four months, we will have an administration that actually believes in science," Warner declared, to cheers and applause.

Later, describing the Democratic Party's belief in raising everyone up together, he said, "We see our common ground as sacred ground."

He added, "This about the future versus the past."

Warner was proceeded by Janet Napalitano, Kathleen Sebelius and Bob Casey, who each delivered funny but stinging jabs at John McCain's campaign.

Janet Napolitano, who is Arizona's governor, was first.
Barry Goldwater ran for president, and he lost. Mo Udall ran for president, and he lost. Bruce Babbit ran for president, and he lost. For this next election, that's one Arizona political tradition I'd like to see continue.
Sebelius was second. Reminding delegates of Dorothy's famous line in the Wizard of Oz - when Dorothy is trying to get home - she quipped:
John McCain's version: There's no place like home...or a home...or a home...or a home...or a home...
And then, Senator Bob Casey:
John McCain calls himself a maverick, but he votes with George Bush more than 90% of the time...that's not a maverick, that's a sidekick.
Darn right.

UPDATE: Ohio Governor Ted Strickland is speaking now, really sticking it to McCain. It's oh so satisfying to watch Democrats fight back and hammer the Republicans and their failed right wing agenda.

Another instant classic:
You know, it was once said of the first George Bush that he was born on third base and thought he’d hit a triple. Well, with the twenty two million new jobs and the budget surplus Bill Clinton left behind, George W. Bush came into office on third base. And then he stole second.

And John McCain cheered him every step of the way.
Well said, sir! Well said, indeed!


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