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There were a lot of great speeches last night – from First Lady (Mom-In-Chief) Michelle Obama, to Tammy Duckworth, to Lilly Ledbetter … but the one that made me sit up and listen was from the current governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick.  Part of the money quote is in the picture above, but the whole thing is worth repeating:

“We believe that freedom means keeping government out of our most private affairs – including out of a woman’s decision whether to keep an unwanted pregnancy, and everybody’s decision about whom to marry.  We believe that we owe the next generation a better country than we found, and that every American has a stake in that.  We believe that, in times like these, we should turn to each other, not on each other.  And we believe that government has a role to play – not in solving every problem in everybody’s life, but in helping people help themselves to the American dream.   That’s what Democrats believe.  That’s what Americans believe!   If we want to win elections in November and keep our country moving forward, if we want to earn the privilege to lead, my message is this:  It’s time for Democrats to grow a backbone and stand up for what we believe!”


This morning on the show, I played some of my favorite clips from last night, shared some of the video tribute to Ted Kennedy 


And I also shared this video, courtesy of Lee Camp and some other very funny people.



Plus, I chatted with Carlos Maza of Equality Matters who went undercover at a National Organization for Marriage convention and wrote all about it here.

And singer/songwriter/political junkie Jill Sobule joined in and issued a challenge for my listeners to write some lyrics for a song about Ayn Rand…  Tweet Jill, or email her… And remember this bit of brilliance from Netroots Nation 2011….