8:16 ~ I'll be interested to see how this goes. Its clear that all the media cannibalism centering around Sarah Palin has drawn Republicans closer and closer too her and her family and makes many of us want to fight even harder for the McCain-Palin ticket. Its ironic that Sarah Palin herself and the media attacks subsequent could be the moment that finally unites McCaina and the entire Republican Party.
8:17 ~ Norm Coleman is a great senator, but kind of boring isn't he?
8:20 ~ Did the Dems have a pledge at the their convention? Just asking . . . :-D
8:22 ~ Okay, something has to be done about Mark Shield's turkey neck.
8:29 ~ David Brooks is right. We have had kids of presidents and vice-presidents who have been in trouble all the time (Jenna Bush, Albert Gore III), and for the most part the media has laid off. I'm not saying its not a story, but I'm saying the intensity and giddiness the media has gone after Sarah Palin and her daughter is flabbergasting. In the end, for me, this is about destroying a modern, self-assured women who has made her own way as a conservative. She's not a liberal, a political feminist, and she has not ridden her husband's coattails to get ahead. Like the old feminist mantra, she's done it all on her own, but she's done it as a conservative. The left can neither stand or understand that.
8:33 ~ Michelle Bachmann is up. This should be good.
8:35 ~ Or not.
8:39 ~ You know, I would think that the Minnesota pols, Coleman and Bachmann, would do more to fire the local crowd up. But I like the message about service is most effective when government stays out of it. Churches, charities, et al do muuuuuch better than the government. Katrina proved that. I heard about government officials running to Catholic charities to show them what to do.
8:41 ~ This convention is kinda dead. Can someone get Zell Miller on a plane, stat! I'm going back to O'Reilly
8: 44 ~ Good point by Megyn Kelly on O'Reilly, who has asked if Barack Obama is he can both be president and a good father? Its a plain double-standard. And its unbelievable that liberals - who have trumpeted "you go girl" for years - is the mouths that this is coming out of.
8:50 ~ I'm getting more and more amped for Couture/Lesnar.
8:52~ These historians on the News Hour are great scholars, but a bit misguided. It seems to me that a lot more than Thomas Eagleton had to do with George McGovern losing 49 states. Perhaps it was he was so liberal that even in the 1970s people where like, "wait a minute . . ."
9:00~ The News Hour coverage is really outstanding.
9:03~ So is Jon Kyl. He seems like a real outstanding guy, hardworking, and very smart. Everything you want in a senator.
9:11~ I hope I look half as good as George Bush does at his age
9:15~ Rudy is slaying it on H&C. I can't wait for his speech tomorrow.
9:16~ Rudy: "On foreign policy, tell me the last time Joe Biden was right." BURN.
9:31~ Mike Pence is putting the smackdown on Alan Combs.
9:40~ This Palin thing might be one of the all-time backfires.
9:45~ What time is it? Bush time.
9:50~ Screw everyone. I'm an unrepentant Bush voter. I would vote for him again today just as I did eight and four years ago. There, I said it. All those conservative who have run away from Bush, for real reasons no doubt, thats just not me. I voted for Bush twice and I'm happy with what I got.
9:50~ Take that Kanye. Bush does not hate black people. He wants them to learn.
9:51~ Bush's record on AIDS relief is a real, REAL accomplishment he can be proud of and history that won't be forgotten.
9:57~ Hell YEAH Bush, the angry left = the hanoi hilton. Makes sense too me.
9:58~ Bush should have been here. I'm sorry, screw what the media says. Bush should be there.
9:59~ I'm getting verklempt for Bush.
10:01~ When Kay Bailey runs for governor and wins, how about making Senator Laura Bush? Hey, if it works for Hilary . . .
10:08~ The difference between Clinton and Bush? Whenever Clinton talks, its all about himself. When Bush talks at these events, its for others. We won't see a post-presidential rush by George W. Bush to frame every moment of the rest of his life to try and justify his presidency.
10:09~ Looks like Fred'll wake them up.
10:11~ Well. Fred's giving them hell. Good for him, sticking up for Sarah Palin. He's is ON FIRE. And he's right, too. Thats why I supported him for president oh so long ago.
10:15~ Meghan McCain has supplanted Jenna Bush on my list.
10:26~ Thompson: McCain, "Character you can believe in." That should be the new motto.
10:30~ Republicans, as Thompson shows, need to take on Congress more and more.
10:33~ "A newly born baby is above his pay-grade." Brilliant.
10:37~ Fred Thompson's performance was brilliant tonight. He has woken up the convention and really framed McCain's life, his choices, and his sacrifices. Screw Bill Frist, Fred needs to run for governor of Tennessee. Tremendous work by Thompson. Republicans need more fighters like Fred in this campaign.
10:40~ The Democrat Vice-Presidential candidate of 2000 is speaking at the Republican Convention. What a strange year.
10:55~ This speech is quiet brilliance. He's clearly a Democrat, clearly on the other side of nearly every issue. Its kind of weird to talk about bipartisanship at a partisan convention, but there you go. But what Lieberman is doing is personal, and his position reflects a weakness in Obama. Obama talks about reaching across the aisle, but never has and probably never will. John McCain has the Democrat VP nominee of eight years ago speaking for him at his convention. Thats real reaching across the aisle. This has the feel of a real speech, a real heart-felt speech designed to promote McCain the person.
10:57~ The difference between McCain and Obama? At Obama's convnetion, there was nothing but hero-worship and "O" signs everywhere. At McCains'? Signs that say "Country First" and "Service." That should tell you all you need to know.
10:59~ Somewhere in Grenwhich, Ned Lemont is throwing his remote through his television.
Thats it for me. I'm gonna get going on season 4 of The Wire now. It was a good night, Thompson and Lieberman did a great job in getting over John McCain's character, experience, judgement, and biography. Cleary, the delegates are going to leave the arena more fired up than when they walked in. I expect fire from Rudy and Palin tomorrow night.