Live Blog Super-Prime Time DNC Tuesday Night, Part II

* Michelle Obama mainly known for childhood obesity initiative, but intro focuses on another: military families. Good choice.

* Gotta say, as a McGovern ’72 volunteer, I still can stand to hear “Four More Years!” chant at Democratic Convention.

* “Greatest nation on earth.” Good preemption of possible renewal of ’08 attacks on Michelle Obama.

* Pretty good implicit contrast w/ Ann Romney’s tale of their lean days.

* In fact, whole speech is tribute to idea that individual initiative supported by collective efforts to improve opportunity is the “American Ideal,” not just “freedom” for people already poised to succeed.

* Interesting defense of ObamaCare as something president pursued because “that’s how he was raised.”

* Defense of women’s rights as “values” issue got biggest applause so far.

* “Do not slam the door behind you.” Good colloquial term for “giving something back” with special resonance to minority voters who still doubt his solidarity.

* This is an impeccably delivered speech. Perfect modulation, appropriate passion, gradually increasing cadence. Occasional stutters just add to authenticity.

* Back to patriotism theme at the end. Important she connected patriotism to voting.

* Links “hope” to “struggle.” Very, very important idea that rebuts idea that hard times have mocked Obama’s promise of “hope and change.”

* Man, this is turning into base-stimulating speech par excellence, maybe best speech we’ve heard at either convention so far.

What do you think?

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.