Of course it was timed, but whether intended or not, Obama's speech tonight will mark the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech in the Capitol Mall on August 28, 1968. And his speech will be poked, prodded, built up, torn down and repeated. Everything you can think of with a timely speech. There is one thing, however, that it will not be: ignored.
At least, we all hope it will be different.
Most of the rhetoric of the DNC has been rousing, even inspirational: Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton. Joe Biden. Liberal critics lauded them, and conservative critics, well, criticized them. There are some pundits you don't have to read or listen to because you know - word for word - what they have to say. (I certainly don't want to listen to or read Michelle Malkin. Her rants are way too loud for eardrums - or eyes!). So what will Obama come up with? Will the speech be uniting? Inspirational? Uplifting? Will it condemn the last eight years of the Bush administration? Put it this way: Obama's sheer presence as the Democratic Nominee for President of the United States will condemn it. While McCain will defend (to an extent) the current course, Obama will be shouldering through a crowd of skeptics and, yes, bigots, to lead the people through a different course.
We hope to God it will be different.
Just a thought.