Ted Kennedy was pretty good, but his ol' Boston accent kept slipping out. Teresa Heinz Kerry really surprised me - her speech wasn't delivered like a politician, but that was actually a really nice thing after hours of politicians and their speeches. Her speech was eloquent and well written, and worth listening to. Ron Reagan's speech was theoretically non-partisan and about embryonic stem cell research, but since we all know the GOP is anti-stem cell research and the DNC is for it... It was well delivered, though.
The highlight of the night was, without a doubt, Barack Obama. Everyone's talking about him, so I feel a little bad dwelling on it, but damn, he's a hell of a speaker. His speech was intelligent, positive, and delivered as well as almost any I've heard. There's no doubt why he's a "rising star" in the party - eloquent, thoughtful, dynamic, and with a varied background. People like him give me faith that maybe the Democratic party hasn't lost its way.
Anyways, a good night overall. I know this is going to sound terrible, but I have to wonder if tomorrow's going to be as good as the past two days. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are a hell of a 1-2 punch to start off with. I guess we get to see what Edwards is really made of tomorrow night. I've never heard him give a full speech so I'm very curious to see how he does. I know he's got the charisma, but can he write well, can he really deliver a full keynote speech? I assume so or he'd never have gotten the nod from Kerry, but still.
Ok, maybe not.
Watch the videos (or listen to them on mp3 or read the transcripts) yourself: