Kos’ speech is emotional, positive and triumphalist, which is a nice change of pace, actually, after three days of listening to Kossacks bitch and moan in their workshops. Not all of his speech is accurate–“The reporters in the back of the room were laughing at me. They were laughing at us,” for example, is a ridiculous statement–but it’s the right speech for this crowd and this moment. The tears he keeps choking back imbue it with a depth it might otherwise not have and his self-effacing bits on how he only created a forum not a movement–while clearly, in light of his more bragging interviews, is a bit of a put on–are appealing.
It’s a good exclamation point to an uneven convention, I think.
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