The best way to describe last night’s nine o’clock hour of the Democratic Party National Convention is to put it in baseball-speak. It was like watching one of those baseball games where your team had a couple of innings where everyone batted around. In the case of The First Lady everyone batted around twice.
There is no doubt that SA Mayor Julian Castro smacked a grand salami. Here is what Burkablog said:
I thought Julian Castro exceeded expectations in his keynote address. The speech itself was nothing special, but Castro rode its momentum all the way. He hit the right notes–middle class, family, opportunity, Mom, America, working together. All the cliches, in other words, but what is a keynote for if not to sound the right notes? There was none of the meanness of the Republican speeches. Castro has a very live face and he can turn expressions on and off, and the smile is huge. When he did attack, he did so in a way that let the audience have fun.
Mayor Castro delivered some good ones that fired up folks including:
Mitt Romney, quite simply, doesn’t get it. A few months ago he visited a university in Ohio and gave the students there a little entrepreneurial advice. "Start a business," he said. But how? "Borrow money if you have to from your parents," he told them. Gee, why didn’t I think of that? Some people are lucky enough to borrow money from their parents, but that shouldn’t determine whether you can pursue your dreams. I don’t think Governor Romney meant any harm. I think he’s a good guy. He just has no idea how good he’s had it.
We know that you can’t be pro-business unless you’re pro-education.
My grandmother never owned a house. She cleaned other people’s houses so she could afford to rent her own. But she saw her daughter become the first in her family to graduate from college. And my mother fought hard for civil rights so that instead of a mop, I could hold this microphone.
Mayor Castro certainly did his job. He knocked it out of the park. When he had to, he did an excellent job of filleting Romney. He also made it very difficult for the GOP to make inroads into the Latino vote talking about The Dreamers and referencing his mom. There was a lot of pride in the Latino community last night and Latinos across the country will have an extra bounce in their step today. His job wasn’t to fire up the base. His job was to help nail down the Latino vote. Great job, Mayor!
After The First Lady spoke, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer said she hit a “grand slam.” I say she hit two grand salamis in the same inning. It was kind of like watching player after player cross home plate in a single inning. We scored a lot of runs last night. The First Lady poured it on. She is getting rave reviews including kudos from GOPers. I don’t even recall if she took a shot at Romney. She moved the needle without mentioning the opposition.
What is the MLB modern day record for most runs ever scored in an inning?
Commentary just got back from the Greater Houston Partnership “Meet the Candidates: State Board of Education” Forum. NEWSFLASH: Traci Jensen’s opponent is now blaming Obamacare for future funding cuts in public education in the Lone Star State. It looks like that is what they (the GOP) are going to be saying next legislative session.
Donna Bahorich (Traci’s opponent) steered clear of her party’s position on critical thinking when the issue came up this morning. In her opening, she also didn’t mention her home schooling business or her home schooling her kids. Traci was by far the most articulate, knowledgeable, and concise.
On June 18, 1953, the Red Sox put 17 runs up on the scoreboard in the bottom of the 7th inning against the Tigers of course at Fenway.
Wandy beat us last night and now we are six games away from the dreaded 100 – oh no!!!!