Ugh… The idea that Obama ought to reward the Clintons for the campaign that they’ve run by giving their daughter the most visible speech at the convention is just revolting. Overall, I thought Kerry ran a pretty good convention schedule. Not a good convention mind you, given that he muzzled any and all attacks on George Bush and focused the whole event on his military service, as opposed to a platform or an affirmative reason to elect him. But his speaking schedule was right on, with Bill Clinton the first night, providing a big name, Obama’s electrifying speech the second and then the VP and Presidential nominees.
Obama should more or less follow that schedule. Maybe don’t give Bill a keynote, but replace him with a prominent Republican like Chuck Hagel or Colin Powell instead. But Obama should go out of his way to give a young, rising star a prime time speaking slot, like he and Harold Ford got the last two times around. He could do a lot worse than some of the future female presidential prospects I mentioned last night. Chelsea certainly can address the convention if she wants. But to give her a keynote slot would be ludicrous.