It's 6:45 PM right now and they are currently playing the weekly radio address from President Bush and the Democratic response. Representative John Dingell (D-MI) spoke about Rosa Parks and the energy crisis problem. After Rep. Dingell's speech ended at 6:53 PM, they went to New Hampshire.
Currently, Democratic Chairwoman Kathy Sullivan introduced Governor Lynch. Lynch is up for re-election in 2006. It's a shame that New Hampshire State Representative Peter Sullivan, a candidate for Congress, is not there but he is at his sister's wedding. Susan Bayh is at her husband's site. From the shots of the crowd, it looks like there are about 600 Democrats there. I'm guessing Governor Lynch will speak for about 10 minutes. Standing ovation for Lynch. Will he introduce Senator Bayh? Nope, looks like Kathy Sullivan will.
Evan Bayh's introduction gets a standing ovation. Kathy stuck to the script just like the script in Colorado. I think that line will be in every speech. Tennessee's Governor at the time (1994 or so) didn't realize Evan Bayh was governor and thought he was the coat-taker. New Hampshire was the only state that turned blue last time.
Evan Bayh paid tribute to Gov. Lynch. Since Bayh was a governor, he knows from experience how to govern. Bayh applauded him on handling the floods. "John Lynch could teach George Bush and FEMA a thing or two about responding to emergencies." That's a very great line.
He introduced Susan Bayh. Now, he goes on to remark about the end of the Bush era in three years. Evan Bayh is having a conversation with regards to what America should be. We need to embrace the four values he spoke of. Unfortunately, I didn't catch all that. But we can get the job done like Evan Bayh said.
Bush has divided this nation, and the Senator will unite us. Evan Bayh will provide the leadership that this nation needs. "America has a common heritage...and it's about time we start behaving that way."
We can do better than the Fortune 500 companies that have created a net gross of 0 new jobs (something like that). Education is a responsibility and every one deserves it.
His education plan in the state of Indiana moved them from 40th to 9th--and it got heavy applause. "He called me governor, John, I still like that." A young African-American thanked him last year and that person was a 21st century scholar (applause). All our problems were on Bush's watch. "The intelligence was wrong...it''s clear there was never a plan for the aftermath." "That's not strength, it's irresponsibility, and those in charge should be held accountable." (heavy applause)
Bayh speaks about energy independence. "We, as Democrats, will provide the leadership to do better."
Now speaking on his governorship. They created more job in his 8 years than any other. "We insist upon real fiscal responsibility...Occasionally Congress needs adult supervision but under this administration, the children have been home alone."
We need to do better than the Bridges to Nowhere. "George Bush carried Indiana by 21% but the same day, with the same group of voters, I was honored to be re-elected by 24%." We'll suceeed in all 50 states.
Bayh finishes by quoting President John Kennedy and gets a standing ovation.
Kathy Sullivan recognizes all Congressional candidates including Peter Sullivan. She thought Peter was there but he's in Virginia this weekend.
I like how C-SPAN has kept the coverage on. It's so nice watching the individual conversations. I hate to steal a line from Senator John Kerry, but Evan Bayh is the REAL DEAL.
Evan is on his way to the presidency. Even Mark Nickolas thought Bayh can play in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Tonight, I walked away believing his message, experience and not-too-slick demeanor might actually translate well in places like Iowa and New Hampshire. Only time will tell.Other blogs commenting on it: Right Left Story, San Antonio Politics, Bluegrass Report, GoBlue, Left of Centrist, BayhSupporter, Little Green Blog, Political Views
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