SOMEONE forgot to inform the speechifyers at the Democratic National Convention that just because they yell doesn't mean they sound like Jesse Jackson.
A miracle happens when a great orator thunders: Words that might be read and forgotten turn to magic. Emotions start roiling. People start believing. A palpable euphoria builds until the echoes of the last sentence finally fade.
But when an ordinary speaker thunders, he doesn't lift spirits or move mountains. He just makes noise.
Washington D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly is an ordinary speaker. She had some interesting things to say about D.C. statehood during her few minutes before the convention, but she shouted so loudly that she almost drowned out her own message.