Monday, August 25, 2008

Being C-Span

Watching the Democratic Convention on C-Span, it's just so wonderful not to hear all the commentary. I clicked to other channels and just listening to the pundits pontificate about what they believe is just really off-putting. Do we really need these guys telling us which speaker did well and which bombed? Which speech had relevance and which didn't? We should all watch C-Span during both conventions, pundit-free, and come away with our own ideas and not those of others.

10 comments:

John O'Leary said...

Actually, Judith, I LIKE the punditry and passion - but of course I mainline this stuff by the dime bag. I enjoyed Rachel Maddow screaming at Pat Buchanan a couple of hours ago on MSNBC. But I wonder if Chris Matthews is losing his grip. He scolded co-host Keith Olberman for trying to calm him down then made a reference to the "clown in the White House." There may be apologies in the making from MSNBC about this. But that's what I like about cable news - it's pretty raw and spontaneous at times.

judith ellis said...

Yes, I see what you mean. These shows can be entertaining. I just happened to turn to CNN and heard a pundit that just turned me off.

The pundit was not speaking against my candidate, but just spoke with an heir of haughtiness, as if he could do better. The comment quickly got me back to C-Span with a touch of the "last" button on my remote.

Chris Matthews has been known to be a little excessive, especially in his speech. Once when describing his enthusiasm for Obama he spoke about a feeling that went up his pant leg that had me laughing for days. But I like him well enough.

I'm watching C-Span right now. All of the drama I will need are the many ordinary people who call in voicing their opinions, often many that are in direct opposition to mine. This I don't mind at all.

Chelsa Clinton is introducing her mom now. Gotta go!

John O'Leary said...

Judith, I used to watch CSPAN religiously - especially the lectures by authors on weekends. They seemed to run less of that after awhile so I moved on, but I'll check them out again - after the convention. I still need my Extreme Politics fix.

judith ellis said...

Hey, John, I'm not hating on you man! A man's gotta get what a man's gotta get!

This stuff is all rather exciting and the possibility of change even more so. My young nieces and nephews are even really into this election, as they are with most. So were we as children.

Yesterday my brother told a story about my 10 year old niece, who usually has a difficult time awakening, sprightly popped up after he announced that Obama had chosen his running mate. (She had been waiting for the text!) "Who is it," she demanded to know? She was up, believe me!

God bless the candidates, their families, and the pundits too! :-) And may God forever bless the great people of the UNITED States of America!

John O'Leary said...

Your 10 year old niece has got the jones. She'll be hooked for life.

BTW, I thought it was a decent speech by Hillary. Maybe a tad too self-referential tho.

judith ellis said...

Yes, I thought the speech was very good and I also thought that she spoke a bit too much about her journey. Now, of course, it is about the Obama/Biden ticket. Perhaps this is what's needed to woo her voters over.

I must admit that I thought the
Clinton supporters were a bit too whiney. Get over it! We win some and we lose some. I appreciated Clinton's comment that reminded us that this race is ultimately about the American people and not one indivdiual. I liked the travelling pantsuit line as well as the Twin City reference.

Overall, I thought the speech was very good and well delivered. Hands down...Michelle Obama delivered the best speech so far to me. What a bright and giving public servant. What a couple!

John O'Leary said...

Judith, I thought Bill's speech just now was one of his best. I loved the line about the importance of America leading by the power of example rather than by the example of power. (A terrific use of chiasmus, by the way - my favorite rhetorical device.)

judith ellis said...

FANTASTIC SPEECH INDEED! AND WHAT DELIVERY! HE IS AWESOME! KERRY ALSO DID A FINE JOB. THERE WAS A BITE IN THIS SPEECH THAT WAS LACKING WHEN HE RAN. BUT, BOY, DID HE REDEEM HIMSELF AND HE TOO DELIVERED. THERE WERE MANY POINTS TO PRAISE THERE TOO. IF OBAMA MAKES IT I HOPE HE GETS A CABINET POSITION.

THIS IS THE BEST NIGHT OF THE CONVENTION THUS FAR. BY THE WAY, I THOUGHT KUCINICH DID A FINE JOB YESTERDAY, THOUGH I HAVE HEARD LITTLE ABOUT HIS SPEECH. IT WAS A CROWD PLEASER AND I TOO WAS PLEASED! BUT CLINTON WAS SIMPLY GREAT! WHAT AN ORATOR!

John O'Leary said...

What a cool surprise to hear Stevie singing at the DNC! He's still got it. Makes me wish Marvin were alive today - he could be singing "Mercy Mercy Me (the Ecology Song)" as a warm-up to Al Gore's speech.

judith ellis said...

That would have rocked, John! I LOVE Stevie and Marvin! Al Gore is pretty awesome too!