The Self Made Pundit

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Friday, July 30, 2004

As a dispassionate and nonpartisan observer of politics, I want to calmly evaluate John Kerry's speech accepting the Democratic nomination for president last night.

So, the question is just how great was Kerry's speech?

Was it (a) the greatest achievement of mankind; (b) the greatest political speech ever given by a presidential candidate; or (c) only great enough to convince undecided voters that Kerry would be vastly superior to the worst president ever?

Being a pundit who strives for balance and objectivity, I think the answer is merely (c).  While the speech is likely to advance the cause of mankind by helping to strip Bush of the power to mislead the nation into unnecessary wars, in terms of  mankind's achievements the speech definitely takes a back seat to the eradication of smallpox.  And while the speech did a superb job of contrasting Kerry's strength and dedication to fighting for average Americans with Bush's dismal record and dedication to fighting for average corporations, Lincoln's speeches have to get the nod.

To be fair to Kerry, however, I have to say it is one of the best political speeches I have heard in my lifetime.  The speech showed that Kerry has the potential not just to defeat the worst president ever but also to lead and to inspire.

Heck, the speech was even great enough to call this wayward blogger back into action to point out the mendacity, hypocrisy, incompetence and sheer stupidity of the Bush administration for the duration of the campaign.

The Self Made Pundit reporting for duty, sir.