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Digest for August 29th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for August 29th from 15:42 to 15:48:

  • Obama’s Soaring, Savaging Speech – "The idea that we are responsible for ourselves, but that we also rise or fall as one nation," Obama said, is "the fundamental belief that I am my brother's keeper; I am my sister's keeper." That promise, that mutual responsibility, anchored the alternative that Obama detailed on Thursday.
  • Open Left:: Obama Challenges Conservative Economics, Compassion; A Narrative Opening – This is a narrative line I would like to see: John McCain doesn't care.
  • Truthdig – Reports – A Moment in History – When Clinton came to the convention floor during Wednesday’s roll call and asked that Obama be nominated “by acclamation,” I got a lump in my throat. I knew that it wouldn’t be official until Obama had given his acceptance speech, according to party rules, but there was something about the word “acclamation” that hit me. It implied an acceptance of leadership, a recognition of merit. African-Americans have been an integral part of this nation since its birth and certainly don’t need anyone’s validation. Still, it feels as if this obvious historical fact has finally been acknowledged in a way that many of us felt we’d never witness in our lifetimes.
  • Open Left:: Manhunt, LGBT Politics, and John McCain – President McCain isn't going to the House GOP Caucus and talking to them about the need for ending Don't Ask Don't Tell. He's not publicly advocating ENDA, ending abstience until marriage policies, supporting hate crimes laws, marriage equality, or same-sex adoption (which is my favorite of his LGBT positions, for both policy and political pandering reasons). He's not using his influence as President to raise money for LGBT civil rights organizations. I'm not even holding my breath for any calls for tolerance in Minneapolis, the most basic thing he could do.
  • Fighting Jackie Robinson Syndrome | The American Prospect – Michelle Obama's convention speech was inspired, but it was also a testament to the extra burden she's asked to bear as a black woman in America.
  • Marty Kaplan: Peggy Noonan and the Two-Headed Bowling Ball Child – I'm paraphrasing here, writing while she's still on the air, but this is the gist: At least the speech wasn't all about all those miserable unemployed people that Democrats always talk about. It wasn't full of whining about all those unhappy sick people they only seem to see. It wasn't about a woman who had a two-headed child who was used as a bowling ball. More like this, Peggy. Please.

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