CONVENTION OPEN THREAD…. It’s a packed house, of course, at Invesco Field in Denver, and the fourth and final night of the Democratic Convention has been going off without a hitch. Tim Kaine (“Move, mountain!”) was better than I expected, and Bill Richardson was probably the best I’ve ever seen him (“He may pay hundreds of dollars for his shoes, but we’re the ones who’ll pay for his flip-flops”).

Al Gore, of course, continues to be one of the towering voices in the party, and the text of his speech has been posted on his blog. Take a look.

Coming up is a speech from someone named Barack Obama, who should take this stage within an hour or so. Also, hilzoy’s iphone is working, so she may check in, and as I mentioned earlier, the Washington Monthly’s Paul Glastris will be on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” immediately after Obama’s address.

With that in mind, I thought I’d open the floor to some discussion. What do you think of the closing night of the convention? How cool was it to see Stevie Wonder perform, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”?

The floor is yours.

Update: At first blush, the idea of putting regular ol’ folks on stage to tell their personal stories may sound a little cheesy. It wasn’t — those folks were fantastic. A president who puts “Barney Smith over Smith Barney”? Awesome. The nurse from North Carolina who’s been voting Republican since Nixon, but who said she can’t afford it anymore? Awesome. The woman who became an Obama supporter after fact-checking a smear email? Awesome.

Note to convention organizers: Smart move.

Steve Benen

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