Thought we had some great speeches tonight. But I did not hear much about President Bush or John McCain. Maybe this wasn’t the night for it. Maybe this was Kennedy and Michelle Obama. But they need to go there. See what Begala said in the interview David did with him earlier this evening.
Late Update: A number of readers have written in to say, No, Michelle’s speech was what the night was about. It wasn’t the night for attack, attack, attack. Andrew Sullivan expands on the point — reacting to James Carville, not me. His argument is that the country is convinced Bush was a disaster. They’re pretty convinced that McCain would be more of the same. The real weapon the Republicans have on the table right now is simply burying Obama in so much sleaze, xenophobia and slurs that he becomes unelectable. In that sense, humanizing Obama, discrediting the attacks through an affirmative message, is the key to sealing the deal for Obama. I see that argument. To a significant degree I agree with it. And if this just wasn’t the night for attack, attack, attack, that’d be fine. I just need to know it’s coming and that — even if mainly in the hands of surrogates — it won’t stop until election day. Listen to Begala. It’s not about responding quickly to the attacks. It’s about making McCain respond to Democrats’ attacks.