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Month: August 2008 (page 1 of 3)

Where’s My LiberalOasis Radio Show?

Note to readers and listeners: The LiberalOasis Radio Show did air Saturday on WHMP as usual, but as I was in Denver at the DNC, I am not yet able to post the podcast here. I will be back at home on Tuesday and should be able to do so then. Apologies for the inconvenience.

The Week In Blog: DNC Edition

Heritage Foundation’s Conn Carroll and I did our regular The Week in Blog segment for from the Democratic National Convention in Denver, where we discussed the immense blogging activism and activity outside the convention hall, and I repeatedly banged my head against a desk when futilely trying to explain clean energy policy to a conservative.
Watch it below.

Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention

The expectations. Managing the expectations. This was almost an impossible task. Some of the political pundits had set the bar so high Barack Obama needed to build a rocket ship, fly to the moon, land safely, and fly back again all while singing God bless America out of his belly button.
I’m sure that the Barack Obama camp, like myself, were somewhat confused at what he really needed to accomplish with his speech. I knew exactly what Sen. Hillary Clinton need to accomplish with her speech. I also knew exactly what former president Bill Clinton needed to achieve with his speech. Obama speech was altogether different. He needs to rally the troops so that they would be inspired to stuff envelopes and knock on doors and made hundreds of calls to get him elected. He needed to inspire.
Well, Barack Obama did more than inspire. He decided that he would also discuss policy. He would lay out a plan, a vision for America. He also was able to contrast his vision with that John McCain’s and the Republican party. And finally on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s famous I Have a Dream Speech, Barack Obama was able to tie his vision of looking forward – towards the future to that of Martin Luther King’s so many years ago where King also look towards the horizon of hope and compassion.Obama gave a remarkable speech. Pat Buchanan said it was the best acceptance speech he had ever seen. (I really hate quoting Pat Buchanan.)

The speech that started it all – Obama 2004

This is the speech started Barack Obama on his remarkable journey. The Democratic National Convention in Boston in 2004.

Convention Blogging, Streaming, Twittering

(UPDATE 8/28 8 AM MT: I expect to have the stream up today by 10 AM MT.)
Dem Convention Live Stream: The feed will be on whenever and wherever possible. IM me at “billscher” if you have any questions for any interviewees (or myself) throughout the convention. Video by Ustream.TV

    More convention blogging from me at and (including coverage of Take Back America)

    After Biden, The Economic Debate Takes Shape

    The least wealthy member of the Senate took the stage of the Democratic convention hall Wednesday night to accept the vice-presidential nomination, and sharpened the contrast between the progressive and conservative economic visions. The pressure will now be on Sen. John McCain next week to either defend the conservative vision or acknowledge its failures and respond with new ideas.
    In introducing himself to the broader electorate, Sen. Joe Biden sought to show that he got what’s going on in America, not with stats, but with clear sense of what goes on around middle-class kitchen tables. From the prepared remarks:

    Almost every night, I take the train home to Wilmington, sometimes very late. As I look out the window at the homes we pass, I can almost hear what they’re talking about at the kitchen table after they put the kids to bed.
    Like millions of Americans, they’re asking questions as profound as they are ordinary. Questions they never thought they would have to ask:
    * Should mom move in with us now that dad is gone?
    * Fifty, sixty, seventy dollars to fill up the car?
    * Winter’s coming. How we gonna pay the heating bills?
    * Another year and no raise?
    * Did you hear the company may be cutting our health care?
    * Now, we owe more on the house than it’s worth. How are we going to send the kids to college?
    * How are we gonna be able to retire?

    Biden then juxtaposed McCain’s support for corporate tax cuts and opposition to raising the minimum wage:

    When John McCain proposes $200 billion in new tax breaks for corporate America, $1 billion alone for just eight of the largest companies, but no relief for 100 million American families, that’s not change; that’s more of the same.
    Even today, as oil companies post the biggest profits in history—a half trillion dollars in the last five years—he wants to give them another $4 billion in tax breaks. But he voted time and again against incentives for renewable energy: solar, wind, biofuels. That’s not change; that’s more of the same.
    Millions of jobs have left our shores, yet John continues to support tax breaks for corporations that send them there. That’s not change; that’s more of the same.
    He voted 19 times against raising the minimum wage. For people who are struggling just to get to the next day, that’s not change; that’s more of the same.

    And then he argued that Obama would invest in jobs and education, while cutting middle-class taxes and making health care affordable for everyone.

    Barack Obama will reform our tax code. He’ll cut taxes for 95 percent of the American people who draw a paycheck. That’s the change we need.
    Barack Obama will transform our economy by making alternative energy a genuine national priority, creating 5 million new jobs and finally freeing us from the grip of foreign oil. That’s the change we need.
    Barack Obama knows that any country that out teaches us today will out-compete us tomorrow. He’ll invest in the next generation of teachers. He’ll make college more affordable. That’s the change we need.
    Barack Obama will bring down health care costs by $2,500 for the typical family, and, at long last, deliver affordable, accessible health care for all Americans. That’s the change we need.

    The ball is now in McCain’s court.
    With many conservatives insisting the economy is good, regardless of how most voters feel, McCain has struggled to come up with an economic case that appeals to both conservatives and swing voters.
    He has even told conservative audiences that Americans are better off than seven years ago, then told others the opposite.
    Such contradictory statements won’t fly during his convention, where he has to address both conservative delegates in the hall and swing voters outside the hall at the same time.
    McCain will need to offer a single view of how the economy is faring that voters find credible.
    He will have to decide if he really thinks more tax cuts for corporate executives are what voters think the economy needs, or if he needs to put more on the table to convince voters he will help increase wages, reduce costs and create jobs.
    And he will need to deal with the fact that what resonates with most voters in his television audience isn’t what will resonate among conservatives in his convention audience.
    We’ll see who he ticks off more.
    Originally posted at

    Debunking the Cheetos Myth

    MSNBC’s Morning Joe did an amusing segment yesterday about debunking blogger stereotypes in which I make an uncredited cameo. Check it out below.

    Wednesday’s Video Blogging

    Apologies for failing to have the live stream going on Wednesday. I don’t expect to have the same problems today.
    But if you want to see some of my video highlights from yesterday, including interviews with Gov. Chris Gregoire, Steve Clemons, Joe Trippi and David Roberts, check out:
    Towards a Progressive Foreign Policy
    The Big Idea In Denver: Green-Collar Jobs
    The Biofuels Debate.

    Hillary Clinton’s Grand Slam

    Oh, the talking heads were talking. Oh, my were their lips flapping. Hillary wasn’t capable of fully supporting Obama. The Clintons were going to fracture the party. Why were the Clintons invited to speak in the first place? There was a ton of nauseating commentary with no substance. Just filling air-time.
    From her opening paragraph, Hillary Clinton made it clear that she was supporting Barack Obama and she wanted her supports to get behind Obama also.

    I am honored to be here tonight. A proud mother. A proud Democrat. A proud American. And a proud supporter of Barack Obama.

    She went on to say …

    I want you to ask yourselves: Were you in this campaign just for me? Or were you in it for that young Marine and others like him? Were you in it for that mom struggling with cancer while raising her kids? Were you in it for that boy and his mom surviving on the minimum wage? Were you in it for all the people in this country who feel invisible?
    We need leaders once again who can tap into that special blend of American confidence and optimism that has enabled generations before us to meet our toughest challenges. Leaders who can help us show ourselves and the world that with our ingenuity, creativity, and innovative spirit, there are no limits to what is possible in America.
    This won’t be easy. Progress never is. But it will be impossible if we don’t fight to put a Democrat in the White House.
    We need to elect Barack Obama…

    Hillary Clinton went the extra mile. She made it clear that she was on the team bus and wanted her supporters to join her on the bus. Her speech was perfect. She talked about why she wanted to run and why she now supports Obama. She hit George Bush and John McCain with several excellent lines. (suggesting that she will be an excellent campaigner in the fall for Obama) Any speech that can mention Harriett Tubman, the woman’s suffrage movement and universal health care is a great speech in my book. Hillary Clinton hit this one out of the park. Outstanding!!!

    Michelle Obama at DNC

    Michelle Obama had a mission last night. Her mission was to tell her personal story and combat the Right Wing lies that she was an angry, militant Black Woman. Mission Accomplished. If we were playing baseball, she hit the ball out of the park.
    Obama’s speech was thoughtful, funny and emotional. She spoke of her beginnings on the South Side of Chicago. (Hard to be an elitist coming from the SouthSide) She told us of her father diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in his thirties. Her parents worked hard so that both her and her brother could get a good education. She held herself up as the American dream and she is. As she told her story it was clear that she loves America because no where on Earth could her story be true.
    Her speech was similar to the speech that she gave almost a year ago. She is a remarkable woman and gave a perfect speech.

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