Fred Thompson is a great orator. Not as great as Obama, maybe, but still pretty good. And his speech at the convention on Wednesday night was very clever. He freely mixed facts, twisted truths, and outright lies. The facts drew you in so you wouldn’t realize he was fibbing at other times. He’s using his power for evil. Obama is certainly not the most liberal candidate ever to run for office. I don’t have a lot of history on the subject, but it seems that Dukakis would easily be more liberal.
I’ve been dreading Romney’s speech for weeks now – back to when I thought he was a VP contender. And of course, my dread was well founded. He said that the best way to get rid of the big government types in Washington is to elect McCain. But in reality, the current resident of the white house is the one that has increased the size of government, far more than any fiscally responsible Democrat would do. Romney needs reminding that Bush inherited office with a budge surplus and has, in 8 short years, created the biggest deficit in history. Frankly, Mitt, the Republicans may still claim to be the party of fiscal responsibility, but the Democrats beat the ‘publicans on this point now. We need more than words, Mitt, more than words.
I still like Huckabee. How can you not like the guy. Sure, his views are pretty conservative, but unlike Romney, I could listen to him talk about stuff I disagree with all day long.
Giuliani’s speech merely pandered to the crowd. There wasn’t much in it that seemed like genuine Giuliani. He smeared Obama for being part of “Chicago machine politics” – McCain’s whole campaign is built on RNC machine politics. He commented that since Palin was a mayor, she had exec credentials just like he did – apparently small-town Alaska and NYC are equally challenging to run. And cracks like saying that it must be al-Qaeda that won if the US had lost in Iraq show that Mr. 9/11 himself has lost sight of where the real bad guys are.
I do see now what McCain’s camp sees in Palin. For anyone who said that women can’t be successful politicians because of the double-edged sword (bitch vs. marshmallow) need look no further than Palin. She is both likable and somebody who commands respect. And while she may not have the experience, she does seem to have what it takes to be a leader. Despite not agreeing with her viewpoints, I was impressed. She is going to be a formidable foe to Obama/Biden.
McCain delivered one of the best speeches of his campaign. He was smoother than usual, confident, and even somewhat relaxed and smiley. He handled hecklers well. Of course I had some items to disagree with like when he complained about judges “legislating from the bench” – Republican speak for results that didn’t go their way (if the outcome had been what they wanted, it would have been considered prudent interpretation of the law). And then there’s his whole tax cut scenario which, when asked where he would get the money to pay for it a couple months ago on Face the Nation, he retorted “I’ll find you a billion dollars tomorrow” – from the budget that his own party had created and that he had voted for.
But McCain did some stuff right, too. Like pointing out that Republicans were responsible for a huge increase in government (even though he put equal blame on the Dems). And he had a nice classy shout out to Obama – right before he said that he was going to beat Obama. And he had a nice rousing conclusion, even if it was empty rhetoric.
One final comment about the convention – did you notice the big screen behind the podium was frequently showing images that didn’t seem to fit with who was speaking or what was being said? And lots of the time, the color directly behind the speaker was an odd hue of blue that made everyone standing in front of it look a little sickly.
Throughout the whole RNC, I noticed a number of words being used in odd ways:
liberal – somebody who cares about others rather than just about themselves
elitist – anything or anyone learned and educated
foreign – not explicitly of our country and therefore worthless or even despised (as in “we don’t need foreigners telling us how to run our country!”)
media – mouthpiece for liberals (see above); Limbaugh, The Wall Street Journal, and Fox News apparently aren’t “media” but merely truthtellers with radio, print, and television tools
I’m off to the showers to get the Thompson/Giuliani/Romney/Ridge/Fiorina slime off me. For some reason, I find that the petroleum-based ‘publican slime takes a little more scrubbing to come off than Democratic slime which is water-soluble and environmentally friendly.