Substance Over Style
This past evening, Senator McCain walked down the stage and accepted the Republican nomination for President. Then he spoke. It was not a great speech. John McCain is no Sarah Palin. He is, however, a hard worker. The speech was the speech of a worker — of a fighter. Having watched it in the arena and just now on television, I must say it played | Read More »
Sully doesn’t stop, he just keeps on digging
I wrote about Andrew Sullivan’s descent into madness here. But Sullivan shows no signs of stopping even as his colleagues at The Atlantic recoil in horror. In fact, he keeps digging a deeper hole, now claiming that what happened to John Edwards was a different issue entirely because he wasn’t running for president any more, but Sullivan’s own baseless and profoundly insulting attacks on Sarah | Read More »
The Final Day’s Open Thread
As John McCain takes to the stage tonight, let’s have an open thread. The line up tonight, btw, isn’t that impressive until you get to the 10pm EDT hour.
Andrew Sullivan’s Descent into Madness
Yesterday Moe and I with his colleagues in respected corners of the news media who had disparaged Sarah Palin, relying on the rantings from the foulest corners of the blogosphere as the basis for their articles. Douthat’s disappointment – along with that of his colleagues McArdle and Goldberg – turned slowly into outrage over the course of the day, as it became clear that much | Read More »
The Word Clouds
It is not too terribly difficult to find out what the message is of this convention. In two words, it is “John McCain”. Here is Sarah Palin’s word cloud from last night. Fred’s, Joe’s, Huck’s, Mitt’s, and Rudy’s are all below the fold. Note that the word “Obama” appeared only once in Sarah Palin’s speech.
Nielsen: Palin Rocked
The Nielsen numbers are out, and wow, they are good. Sarah Palin’s speech, despite being carried on only six channels compared to Obama’s ten, despite the lack of a huge venue or months of hype, was viewed by only a million fewer people than Barack Obama’s Speech o’ the Century. Via Clayton, a few notable facts: Palin beat Obama in Persons 55+ (reliable voters!) and | Read More »
Sarah Palin’s Speech Leaves Dems Without Talking Points
So the best attacks the Democrats can muster against Sarah Palin’s epic speech is a twin version of the same spiel: 1) Sarah Palin did not write her speech.2) Sarah Palin did not talk about education or health care in her speech. Ha-ha. /Nelson The first attack is just silly on its face. Every politician with national stature has speechwriters – every single one. They | Read More »
Sarah Palin’s Bio Vid and McCain’s Voiceover Choices
Here’s tonight’s biopic video of Sarah Palin. It’s all right, I guess – but the voice seems off. I think it’s John Voight, who’s been around here a bit as a supporter of McCain. It’s funny: in the McCain set up, Robert Duvall is the patriotic video voice, Voight the inspirational video voice, and Powers Boothe is the “Be afraid. Be very afraid. Vote McCain. | Read More »
Joe Gibbs Comes to GOP Convention – Cowboys Fans Handle Scheduling
Hall of Fame Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs is addressing the GOP convention tonight. Apparently at 8:50 EDT. Now if only they’d been smart enough to save him for AFTER the Redskins game.
Day 4: Sen. McCain’s Time To Shine
Due to the appropriate amount of attention given to Gov. Palin’s speech last night (just scroll down), there has not been as much focus on Sen. McCain as one might expect. Since the speaker line-up tonight is full of less well known characters (Sen. Martinez (FL), Gov. Crist (FL), Gov. Pawlenty (MN)) than yesterday (Romney, Huckabee, Giuliani), the spot light will entirely be on Sen. | Read More »
I Immediately Regret My Decision
Jen Rubin nails it: It’s the media’s own dang fault that last night was such a huge success. Oh, and yes – even they have to admit it now.
That line also emphasized her youth. You don’t see Biden/McCain aged guys putting things on Ebay. She’s not going to win over the whole under 30 crowd, but that line shows how she can sound like she’s from the current generation rather than a past one. As Ben points out in a diary, Palin (like Obama) is too young to have internalized the 1960s culture | Read More »
Ross Douthat is Far Too Kind
Moe has already pointed out Ross Douthat’s creeping suspicion that these people who surround him are not particularly balanced or friendly to ideologies other than their own. But we shouldn’t leave it there – it’s actually gotten more pronounced in the hours since the initial revelations. Read Ross’s followups here, here,, and here. Ross, we love you as a wise brother. But it’s high time | Read More »
Community Organizers Deserve Respect
I was appalled by all of the jabs at community organizers during both Sarah Palin’s and Rudy Giuliani’s speeches at the RNC. In the small government that we are dreaming of, non-profits and non-governmental organizations (a.k.a. community organizations) bear the burden of social service for the country. The government’s role may not be to feed the hungry, care for the sick, advocate for the underserved, | Read More »
BREAKING: Sarah Palin “Winged” Her Speech Because of “Broken” Teleprompter
Halfway through Sarah Palin’s speech tonight at the RNC, people following the speech noticed she was deviating from the prepared text. According to sources close to the McCain campaign, the teleprompter continued scrolling during applause breaks. As a result, half way through the speech, the speech had scrolled significantly from where Governor Palin was in the speech. The malfunction also occurred during Rudy Giuliani’s speech, | Read More »