Republican National Convention
Open thread on the Republican National Convention -- tonight being Sarah Palin's night (and I have to say that any move by McCain that sucks all the oxygen out of the room except for "Sarah Palin!?!" has to be smart, right?*)
Gimme a glazed!
Also, I have yet to see any of the staunch defenders of McCain step forward. Yet surely this is the perfect context?
And last night, I mistakenly placed the convention in Minneapolis, not St. Paul. I guess all the commenters were Minnesota nice, because not one called me on it. Oopsie.
NOTE * It's like the old saying about how a project becomes late: One day at a time. Well, 4 days of the 67, is it, have gone to Sarah Palin. Well done, all.
UPDATE 9:15PM EDT Seamus's owner!
But early. This, sadly or not, is the first time I've seen the long-playing version of the Mittster. "America cannot lead the family of nations if we fail the families here at home." As clear a statement of the relation between patriarchy and the empire would be hard to find. And his hair is terrible. He reminds me of a bad motivational speaker. Oh, wait. He's hitting all the buttons, too. Utterly shameles. "We will never allow America to retreat in the face of evil extremism." "Never been a day when I wasn't proud to be an American." The Mittster throwing red meat is such a bizarre spectacle. He's really no good at it, they're just bullet points like any other to him, but the crowd is fired up!
Governor of Hawaii is making a pretty good speech, but the crowd isn't doing its job with the cheering at all: It's thin.
It's very generous of CSPAN to just glance at the empty seats, as opposed to focusing on them.
10:15PM EDT Rudy! I think I'll have a glass of wine to get ready. "I'm sorry Barack Obama doesn't feel her home town is [pause] cosmopolitan enough." Ouch.
11:00 PM EDT Sarah Palin!! Crowd goes nuts. (And the camera keeps focusing on the same cute family. Who the heck are they? The Palins? ) Wow. Barracuda is right. "Bristol, Willow, Piper." Class markers, I'm tellin ya. And now the baby boy. Jeebus. "Our family has the same challenges and the same joys." "You will have an advocate in the White House" -- to families with special needs children. "5 years later, he's still my guy."
She's killing 'em. Watch out, Joe Biden.
Now the Republicans are waving signs to Sly and the Family Stone's Everyday People. Just shoot me. Not that the distinction between C and R matters any more in a post-partisan era.