We’re opening the thread now but things won’t start hopping for another hour. Mark Warner goes on after 9 p.m. ET followed by America’s most fabulously powerful victim of sexism phoning in her good-soldier routine around 10:15. Bob Casey will speak a few minutes before Warner and doubtless will be tasked with pandering to pro-life voters, so tune in for that as an intro to nominating a guy on Thursday who couldn’t bring himself to vote for protecting fetuses born alive during abortions. Warner’s speech could be fun too, as he was enlisted for the keynote for his bipartisan appeal and is now being badgered to attack by dopey Democrats convinced that no matter how hard they are on McCain, it’s not hard enough.
Obama-NBC reported a little while ago that The One has seen Hillary’s speech and is “very pleased” with it, which should come as good news to all those fundraisers of hers who aren’t lifting a finger to help him. Quote:
More broadly, a consensus appears to have emerged among many major Clinton donors that the Obama campaign did not do enough to enlist their support, according to interviews with more than a half-dozen Clinton fundraisers.
“I’ve had more contact from the McCain campaign since the nomination than from the Obama campaign,” said Calvin Fayard, a New Orleans lawyer, major Clinton fund-raiser and longtime Democratic donor who is not in Denver this week.
Mr. Fayard said he is now considering supporting Senator John McCain, the presumed Republican nominee, citing what he perceived as Mr. Obama’s inexperience.
Even sweeter than Hillary Happy Hour! If you missed McCain’s PUMA pander on Leno last night, enjoy that while you wait. Ed and I will be liveblogging, with video to follow of the inevitable “I do not approve that message” joke unless I simply can’t bear to watch it a second time during editing. Exit question: Is this the right’s last dance with our bete noire? I told a friend the other night that conservative America is totally co-dependent with the Clintons at this point: Can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em. Maybe she’ll be back in 2012 or 2016 — or maybe she’ll up and quit the Senate and run for feminist Pope. Tonight could be the end. I miss her already. Already.