At the top of his game, gaining energy from the crowd, Bill Clinton, the "old country boy from Arkansas," tore it up last night in Charlotte. Political junkies, pundits of all stripes and Democratic activists were agog, watching the maestro at work.
The Palin announcement was intended to steal the spotlight from the Democrats and blunt whatever bounce Obama was hoping to generate in Denver. According to a rash of poll this weekend, however, it was not to be.
I'm told by Clinton associates that the former president does not have any foreign travel planned between now and the election. I think that, if Obama is to win, Clinton needs to play a very crucial role.
National security rated only passing mentions -- broad generalities when specifics were called for. This despite the fact that the Bush years have given us so many tragic specifics to remind the American people of.
There will be a very large contingent from Illinois who don't want to miss a chance to view history in the making. If you're one of them, let me know. I want to hear your take on what's happening in Denver--and why it matters to everyone back in Chicago.