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Friday, September 24, 2004

Kerry's wonderful speech this morning....

"George Bush, just because you can't do something, doesn't mean it can't be done!"

Line of the month.

I saw the speech on MSNBC. In addition to its general excellence, and his smooth ad-libbing in response to the audience member's interruption, what struck me the most was how low MSNBC had the microphones turned down on the audience.

I've heard about this issue before, but I never noticed it myself so strikingly first hand. Such a set up is a part of what lets idiot talking heads talk about how Kerry has no passion, and no ability to inspire an audience. In this case Kerry was both passionate and inspirational.

Indeed, it was precisely because of Kerry's passion and inspiration that I was so easily able to tell that MSNBC had the mikes turned down. It could be hard to tell from simple hand-clapping, but it's easy when you repeatedly hear muted cheering - literally muted. It also cinches things when Joe Biden walks up a bit behind Kerry, clapping, and his solitary clapping is far louder than the entire audience's.

I can't wait to listen to the talking head-bots talk about Kerry's "failed attempt" to inspire others.

Update: After the speech, Biden accidentally-on-purpose congratulated Kerry with "You hit it. You hit it.". He's right.


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