Before I go on with notes and such from the Pepsi Center, let me start with this admission. Watching Clinton’s speech from the nosebleed seats might not have been quite so good as the true believers below, but, being one of the guys who thought that Bill Clinton might intentionally tank the speech, I have to give credit where it is due: it was about as good as it could be.

Not only did the entire audience eat it up, it was like the entire place breathed a sigh of relief. Of course, given the painless nature of the roll call (well, painless for Obama supporters: I personally get tired of the endless self-love involved in finding ways to hear “my state is better than yours”), it was obvious that the convention was going to progress in a positive way; but a lackluster Clinton would have dinged the already-fading Obama.

And now, watching Kerry on TV outside the convention center by the CNN-defiled bar, I can’t help but think he looks much more relaxed than he did last time we saw him.

Campaigning for president didn’t really sit well with the sleepy-eyed guy, did it?Back to Clinton: no doubt that he gave a better speech than Hillary and it will go a long way in pulling in people sitting on the fence. He gave the whole convention the focus and bite that it’s been missing all the way throughout. He is still the consummate politician, isn’t he? All around, an impressive job.

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