Posted by Mike on September 2, 2008
Fred Thompson and Joe Lieberman seemed subdued to me as they delivered the major speeches at tonight’s session of the Republican National Convention. Normally, that isn’t the demeanor one projects when delivering a political speech, especially at a political convention; but somehow, it worked. What other demeanor would be appropriate when explaining the details of John McCain’s ordeal in a North Vietnamese prison? From Fred’s speech:
We hear a lot of talk about hope. John McCain knows about hope. That’s all he had to survive on. For propaganda purposes, his captors offered to let him go home. John McCain refused. He refused to leave ahead of men who’d been there longer. He refused to abandon his conscience and his honor, even for his freedom. He refused, even though his captors warned him, “It will be very bad for you.” They were right. It was. The guards cracked ribs, broke teeth off at the gums. They cinched a rope around his arms and painfully drew his shoulders back. Over four days, every two to three hours, the beatings resumed. During one especially fierce beating, he fell, again breaking his arm. John was beaten for communicating with other prisoners. He was beaten for NOT communicating with so-called “peace delegations.” He was beaten for not giving information during interrogations. When his captors wanted the names of other pilots in his squadron, John gave them the names of the offensive line of the Green Bay Packers. Whenever John was returned to his cell — walking if he could, dragged if he couldn’t — as he passed his fellow POWs, he would call out to them. He’d smile … and give them a thumbs-up. For five-and-a-half years this went on. John McCain’s bones may have been broken but his spirit never was.
Subdued, but effective.
Also effective was the “red meat,” at least from Fred.
To deal with these challenges the Democrats present a history making nominee for president. History making in that he is the most liberal, most inexperienced nominee to ever run for President. Apparently they believe that he would match up well with the history making, Democrat controlled Congress. History making because it’s the least accomplished and most unpopular Congress in our nation’s history.
That got the crowd excited.
Overall Fred and JoeMentum seemed subdued, but that was appropriate on this first night of major speeches because they used it to lay a foundation Obama and Biden cannot match. Fred was especially good at it and the MSM knows this. That’s why the three blind mice didn’t cover it. They are terrified.
As effective as tonight was, subdued won’t cut tomorrow. Palin needs to rip The One a new one.
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Posted by Ryan on August 14, 2008
Well, John McCain said he was open to the prospect today, as rumors still fly that he is closer to picking Joe Lieberman as his Veep in the coming weeks.
Veeps don’t really make all the difference in the voting booth. My choice is fundamentally between voting against McCain or Obama — I didn’t vote for Bush because of Cheney, nor did I vote for Dole because of Kemp. But, the Veep says a lot about the candidate himself, his relationship with the party, and his deeper views. In essence it is the first true consequential decision a President will make — it says a lot about him.
McCain has staked his chances on getting moderates and some disaffected Dems to vote for him, but a pro-choice or even an Independent-Democrat Veep is going a bit too far: he’ll lure the Center, but sacrifice the Right. A lot of Republicans stayed home in 2006.
I can’t vote for Bob Barr (his checkered ethics in the past, plus the Libertarian Party plank is very liberal on social issues) nor can I stay home. I have to vote against Obama… and I have to repeat that to myself everytime I watch the six o’clock news.
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Posted by Ryan on August 13, 2008
Some inside info from Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard indicates that not only will Colin Powell eventually endorse Obama, but may even speak at the Convention! Powell denies all of this to ABC and “Roll Call”, but in today’s crazy political environment where you have Republicans for Obama (maybe they’re still awash in his saintly glow, though it’s more likely they are a well-funded front group) and McCain entertaining Lieberman on his ticket, I don’t know what to believe!
Posted in Election 2008, Politics | Tagged: ABC News, Barack Obama, Bill Kristol, Colin Powell, DNC, Joe Lieberman, John McCain, Roll Call, Weekly Standard | 4 Comments »
Posted by Ryan on July 23, 2008
Word leaked out the other day from Robert Novak, that McCain may make public his selection for his Vice Presidential candidate this week.
I believe this would be a bad idea if McCain goes through with it: he wants to make a choice which counters Obama’s pick to ensure the strongest Republican ticket; with Obama overseas and the Olympics in less than two weeks, the story would get completely buried when it is designed to boost McCain; and waiting to select McCain’s Veep a day after Obama makes his choice would strategically stymie the “bounce” Obama would historically get from choosing his own Veep — we all know that Obama cannot sustain a bounce and is a very bad closer.
Some names that have been thrown around range from Mitt Romney, Tom Ridge, Jim Pawlenty, Bobby Jindal (no dice on that one), to Joe Lieberman. There are others, but I think once we know the Democrat ticket, then a better choice can be made by McCain to counter that ticket. In my opinion, it’s simply too early for McCain to announce his selection!
Posted in Election 2008, Media Bias, Politics | Tagged: Barack Obama, Bobby Jindal, Democrat, Jim Pawlenty, Joe Lieberman, John McCain, Olympics, republican, Robert Novak, Tom Ridge, Veepstakes | 1 Comment »