The Democratic Convention, So Far

It's been brilliantly managed, in my view. I've watched every convention since 1972, attended most of the conventions (Democrat and Republican) between 1976 and 1984, and this has been simply one for the record books.

It started so strong, with Ted Kennedy and the Michelle and Hillary on Tuesday.

Bill Clinton last night was, as so many have already said, the "master." He reminded all of us Democrats why we loved him as a President. I hope we see a lot of this Bill Clinton out on the campaign trail, for both Barack Obama and key Senate and House races, making the case why this year we can't afford four more years of disastrous leadership from a small, minority of out-of-the-mainstream extremists.

John Kerry last night was superb. He really rivaled Clinton in so many ways. Here's his speech.

And I don't think I've seen that many tears on a convention floor as when Joe Biden took the stage. What a genuine, beautiful moment.

Tonight should be interesting. Barack has gotten no shortage of advice, most of it conflicting and most of it probably wrong. He's been brilliant so far finding a way to ignore the backseat-driving of Democratic Party "pundits" and stay true to his own voice. I expect he'll do the same tonight, with his speech coming on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" address on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

What a day it is, what a moment it should be.