Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate from Illinois, Barack Obama delivers the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at the FleetCenter in Boston. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

The blogoshpere is gushing over the performance of Barack Obama, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate from Illinois. A very abbreviated sampling:

Pandagon – This Man Makes Me Want To Freestyle

He entered this a star, he’s leaving a Clinton.

Oliver Willis – Ob-am-a

Nice. Real nice. The future looks good.

David Scott Anderson – Obama…. Need I say More?

We saw the birth of a political superstar tonight. And honestly I am looking to hear what anyone has to say to criticize what he had to say.

Kevin Drum – OBAMA

…[W]hile a single good speech may not automatically make someone a star, this was a pretty damn good speech, tugging all the right heartstrings and getting deep into the core of the values that liberals hold dear. At this point, political superstardom is his to lose.

The real question is will the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday keynote speakers (Clinton, Obama, and Edwards) over shadow the Thursday night star? Given John Kerry’s propensity to occasionally deliver mind numbingly dull speeches the Kerry camp might want to take a page from the IT profession and develop a really good risk mitigation strategy for that possibility.

Transcript of Barack Obama’s keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention.

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