Tuesday, June 3, 2008

And Then There Were Two

  • What I'm Watching/Listening To/Reading:
    • Were there 10 people at the McCain speech? Good thing he went way before Obama. But hey, at least he's a great speaker who doesn't stare straight ahead, and what a totally non-awkward smile!
    • What an absolute bitch-slap for MSNBC to cut away from McCain's gripping and memorable speech to show that Obama won the nomination. Laugh-out-loud funny.
    • The "30 Days" season premiere was tonight, but I'll watch it tomorrow. If you've never seen it, it's truly one of the great shows on TV.
  • Random Thoughts/Links:
    • The key thought of the night comes from my wife. She made the analogy that John McCain is David Archuleta and Barack Obama is David Cook. You know that McCain seems like a president on paper, but he just doesn't have that wow factor and it's hard to watch him when he speaks. She's so right and I'll expand. McCain can hit the right notes, but he doesn't always come off as genuine and has absolutely zero charisma. Meanwhile, Obama is a lot cooler and smoother. McCain has to put on a fake-looking smile to look happy while Obama just seems to get it with ease. I mean, he and his wife pounded fists before he took the stage as nominee for the first time. We think of older white people as the classic voting populace the way that we think of teenage girls as the classic voters for "Idol", but this year is different. We thought Archuleta would win when they got down to the Top 24, but David Cook came out of nowhere to energize people with his different take on classic songs. In the end, we rooted for the person who seemed more natural and more likeable.
    • Hehe, abstinence pants from Kmart.
    • I really don't get why NBA teams hire retread coaches and then are shocked when it doesn't work out. Flip Saunders, Doug Collins, and so on have never been championship coaches and they're not about to start being one now.
  • Daily Rant:
    • You step back and realize that no matter your party affiliation, tonight is an historic night. Even two years ago, we would never have predicted that an African-American would be the nominee of one of the two major parties. Just step back and think about what this means for our society. It's, as Chris Matthews (I think) put it, something where "the reality is greater than the anticipation." It's a banner night in American history. Personally, I hope that tonight isn't the night on which I always remember where I was.

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