I am reeeeally impressed with John Kerry's strategy at this stage of the campaign. The GOP has always been able to count on the majority of votes from men and women enlisted in the armed forces. Hence, although votes from predominately African American districts, but insisted on counting absentee ballots, largely coming from voters in the service overseas. It's a reliable voting block, and shows up in several swing states. If Kerry can wrest that from Bush, he's got a quite a head start.
And I liked the speech, too. Really good job. No muffs as far as I could tell.