Live-Blogging Wednesday Night, Part II

10:15 ELIZABETH WARREN SPEECH

* Clearly rock star here, if not always in Massachusetts. But linking her to Obama, Clinton and national party best way to help her win a crucial Senate race.

* Her own background presented very effectively and efficiently. “Grateful down to my toes” good line.

* “America I grew up in” classic formulation to identify safety net with “good old days” and display conservatives as radicals.

* Warren’s main rhetorical strength has always been ability to display moral indignation towards Wall Street. She’s really displaying it here.

* Warren drawing on very old liberal tradition–as represented by her reference to Theodore Roosevelt–of arguing that capitalism depends on “leveling the playing field” that wealthy rent-seekers are always using public sector to tilt. Fits right into “equal opportunity” theme from last night.

* Best send-up of “corporations are people” line I’ve heard at this Convention, maybe anywhere.

* Obama versus a vast army of lobbyists–just the image Warren is supposed to create.

* “Country where no one can steal your purse on Main Street or your pension on Wall Street.” Good, classic populist stuff.

* Nice allusion to Warren’s authorship of rap that inspired Obama’s famous Roanoke speech that inspired “We Built That!” hysteria.

* Once again, Warren proves God not “purged” from convention.

* Kennedy quotes and “call to service” worth weight in gold in Massachusetts.

* And the crowd goes crazy! Good stage-setter for the Big Dog.

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.