Check this out: a photo of the Idaho delegation as it appeared on the MSNBC home page as Obama was officially nominated. (Thanks, Brett and Ira.)
7:04 p.m. Bill Clinton is in the house. If there's any suspense left in this convention, it's over how much support he'll give to Barack Obama. Speaking of the long, hard-fought primary, "That campaign generated so much heat, it increased global warming." Says his candidate didn't win, but he's proud of the race she ran. ... "I want all of you who supported her to vote for Barack Obama in November." ... Our nation is in trouble on two fronts: the American dream is under siege at home ... and our position in the world has been weakened by too much unilateralism and too little cooperation, by a perilous dependence on foreign oil" ... tell it, Bill ...
" the job of the next president is to rebuild the American dream and restore U.S. leadership in the world." ... says he is convinced that "Barack Obama is the man for this job." Says that in Obama's first major decision, his VP pick, "he hit it out of the park." (Do you think this will quiet the Mitt Romneys and Carly Fiorinas?) ... says unequivocally that Obama is ready to be president.
7:27 p.m.: Clinton is done. I think he was supposed to speak eight minutes. Shades of his address at the 1988 DNC ... Jill has a firsthand account at New West.
I've found a YouTube of Keith Roark's Idaho roll call speech ... most of it, anyway. It runs out before he gives shout-outs to Debbie Holmes, Walt Minnick, and Larry LaRocco, and before he mentions that Idaho gave Obama his largest margin in the primaries. That raised the roof. Very cool. Update: Here's a better one.
7:37 p.m.: John Kerry is talking about John McCain, whom he says has been a friend for 25 years. Dismissing the "myth of the maverick," he cites a string of flip-flops McCain has made as his party's nominee, adding "Before he ever debates Barack Obama, John McCain should finish the debate with himself." Blasts McCain for using Karl Rove staff and tactics, but that "America will reject them in 2008." ... hey, Kerry just introduced Barack's Uncle Charlie, who is sitting with Michelle. Kerry says that Obama will end the politics of swift-boating and tell the merchants of fear, "You don't decide who loves this country. You don't decide who is a patriot."
7:53 p.m.: "The Grand Old Party is no longer grand. It's just old." - Rear Adm. John Huston, a lifelong Republican who just switched his party registration to Democrat.
7:57 p.m.: It's George W. Bush's Congressman, Chet Edwards, a.k.a. the man who may have been VP, if not for his unfortunate last name. He has a great resume, but I think Obama picked the right guy with Biden.
8:01 p.m.: This video on the military is pretty good, huh? It should be; Steven Spielberg made it. Hey, and nice narration by part-time Idahoan Tom Hanks.
8:20 p.m.: The Biden video intro is playing. The guy has had a remarkable life. ... Beau Biden, Joe's son and the Delaware AG, is introducing his dad as the kind of guy who'll turn down D.C. cocktail party invites in order to attend his granddaughter's birthday party ... C-SPAN just panned to Michelle Obama wiping away tears as Beau told of the car accident that killed Biden's first wife and daughter ...
8:29 p.m.: Tell 'em what for, Joe! Here we go ... "I accept your nomination to run and serve with Barack Obama, the next President of the United States of America." ... His stories of the kitchen-table conversations he imagines while riding Amtrak home from D.C. show that Biden has a rock-solid sense of what it's like to live in the middle class, to have homes falling in value, food and gas costs on the rise, and crushing health care decisions ... Says John McCain is a friend, but that he "profoundly disagrees" with the direction he wants to take this country.
8:55 p.m.: Biden finishes, and his wife Jill says they have a special surprise guest. Barack has arrived to thank the Bidens, the Clintons, the delegates ... there's a real sense now that the torch has been passed and Generation Obama is ready to roll.