“It was a genuinely outstanding speech. It was magnificent. It is the finest – and I saw Cuomo’s speech, I saw Kennedy in ’80, I even saw Douglas MacArthur, I saw Martin Luther King – this is the greatest convention speech, and probably the most important because unlike Cuomo and the others this is an acceptance speech. This came out of the heart of America and he went right at the heart of America…” – Pat Buchanan
“Barack Obama faced very high expectations tonight and, honestly, I think he met them and I honestly think he exceeded them. It was a very well-crafted speech.” – Bill Kristol on FOX News
“Whoever didn’t get picked for Republican VP today may be a lucky Republican.” – GOP Strategist Alex Castellanos (in charge of media for Romney campaign)
“Makes him the most lethal and remarkable Democratic figure since John F Kennedy. … If the Rove Republicans thought they were playing with a patsy, they just got a reality check. He took every assault on him and turned them around. He showed not just that he understood the experience of many middle class Americans, but that he understood how the Republicans have succeeded in smearing him. And he didn’t shrink from the personal charges; he rebutted them.” – Andrew Sullivan
“John McCain has his work cut out for him.” – email to Politico site from a “diehard Republican”
“Senator Obama, this is truly a good day for America. Too often the achievements of our opponents go unnoticed. So I wanted to stop and say, congratulations. How perfect that your nomination would come on this historic day. Tomorrow, we’ll be back at it. But tonight, senator, job well done.” – John McCain
(Meanwhile, Mother Nature’s reaction seems to be to send a tropical storm that might postpone the GOP convention).