CONVENTION OPEN THREAD…. The second night of the Democratic convention is well underway, and while the first night went easy on John McCain and the Republicans, pretty much every speech tonight has offered a balance between building Obama up and tearing McCain down.

Kucinich delivered a real stemwinder (seriously, you’ll have to see it to believe it), Napolitano was great, and Rendell seemed to give up on his script but ended up with a pretty good speech anyway. Rahm Emanuel still knows how to turn a phrase.

And I don’t know if anyone else caught the former textile-plant worker named Gloria Craven from North Carolina, but she was really good.

Coming up, obviously, are Hillary Clinton’s much-anticipated speech, as well as Mark Warner’s keynote address.

I thought I’d open the floor to some convention-related discussion. How’s it going so far? How does tonight compare with last night? Which news outlets are screwing up the coverage of the convention most? Favorite moments?

The floor is yours.

Update: Who knew Bob Casey was actually pretty good? “McCain likes to call himself a ‘maverick,’ but he votes with George W. Bush more than 90% of the time. That’s not a maverick; that’s a sidekick.” You know, that’s not a bad line at all.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.