Early this evening I saw the speech by Barack Obama at the DNC. What is there to say but “Wow!” As a current Illinois resident, I followed his ascent from just one member of a crowded Democratic primary field for the Senate race to a dominating candidate. People forget in the pyrotechnics of the Jack Ryan debacle that even before the scandal broke that Obama had a 25-30 point lead over him. I’m a little sad that he is running defacto unopposed because this man would righteously kick the ass of any Republican challenger they could possibly field.
Obama is the real deal. When I hear him speak it makes me feel good, like anything is possible not just for myself but for the nation. After watching that speech, you can’t help but feel that he will very soon become a national name. God love him, I can’t wait to cast my vote for him for President whenever I am allowed to.
Update #2: Via the official Obama weblog (Obama has a weblog? Cool!) comes this link to the CSPAN video archive of the speech. It’s in Real format which ain’t optimal but it is what it is. If you missed this speech, you ought to watch it. It contains the seeds of what should become the liberal and progressive playbook for the future.