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2008 Presidential Race

>Open Discussion: RNC Convention – Palin, Huckabee, Giuliani, & Romney

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16 thoughts on “>Open Discussion: RNC Convention – Palin, Huckabee, Giuliani, & Romney

  1. >My sense is that Palin is pretty well grounded in heartland American thought and beliefs and that makes me feel comfortable with her decision-making processes. And I’m very happy to see that the media’s attempt to abort Sarah Palin backfired. She now has a higher approval rating than either McCain OR Obama (and WAY higher than Biden)!In your face Olbermann!

    Posted by Jeff Bailey | September 5, 2008, 3:47 pm
  2. >Palin played the role of VP at the convention, and played it well.I feel manipulated by McCain's choice, because it's politically shrewd, but the VP "rounding out" a ticket is really just for image. Palin is TRULY pro-gun & pro-life, but McCain has been iffy on these areas (at least until he needed to adjust his position to keep from losing the conservative base of the GOP).My second reservation lies in Palin herself. I have no way to judge how she would respond to an international crisis like a Chinese attack on Taiwan or a Russian land grab. I was not encouraged by her wording which proclaimed the war in Iraq as a mission from God (at least that's how she came across). She's an unknown and still needs to prove herself outside the convention hall cheerleader/attack dog role where she was great.

    Posted by Jacob (aka. James) | September 5, 2008, 2:54 pm
  3. >Last night one of the Dem talking heads on Larry King quipped something about “No Republican could get 40 million people to watch him.” Good thing he qualified that statement with a masculine pronoun: More than 40 Million People See Palin SpeakI’m thinking the Obama camp is getting REALLY nervous, especially after McCain’s strong appeal the undecided voters tonight.

    Posted by Dwight Watson | September 5, 2008, 4:23 am
  4. >Did you see the mainstream media afterward? They looked like their best friend had just died.Funny! True . . . but funny.

    Posted by M. Jay Bennett | September 4, 2008, 10:52 pm
  5. >It worked for me but I just hope it worked for that undecided middle. I can’t imagine it not.Did you see the mainstream media afterward? They looked like their best friend had just died.

    Posted by Jeff Bailey | September 4, 2008, 10:41 pm
  6. >The teleprompter thing appears to be a myth. However, she did have Code Pinkos trying to rush the stage. They nearly got there before the Secret Service tackled them.I thought it was an awesome night. I finally feel like we actually have a choice. Of course, McCain is the top name on the ticket, and I hope he speaks substantively to his platform tonight. What I want to hear is more classic conservatism. It’s time for the neocon “compassionate conservatism” experiment to go away. Palin’s background of fiscal responsibility and official accountability is a glimmer of hope in that regard.

    Posted by Gina | September 4, 2008, 9:43 pm
  7. >Broken teleprompter? No problem.”Unfazed, Governor Palin continued, from memory, to deliver her speech without the teleprompter cued to the appropriate point in her speech.Contrast this to Barack Obama who, when last his teleprompter malfunctioned, was left stuttering before a crowd unable to advance his speech until the problem was resolved.”link

    Posted by Jeff Wright | September 4, 2008, 12:09 pm
  8. >TiVo? What kind of money do you think an English teacher makes? 😀

    Posted by Nathan P. Gilmour | September 4, 2008, 9:38 am
  9. >P.S. Nathan, TiVo, brother!

    Posted by GUNNY | September 4, 2008, 8:06 am
  10. >I commented on the speeches by Rudy & Sarah Palin individually, but I will add this to the expectation on McCain for tomorrow night.I think the one thing he needs to explicitly or subtly do is destroy the “more of the same” argument the Dems have been trying to employ.Weaken that and they have a big bag of nuthin’ going into November.

    Posted by GUNNY | September 4, 2008, 8:05 am
  11. >I agree that Palin delivered a strong and effective speech. She definitely communicated that she’s tough and not afraid to grab even the most formidable bull by the horns, or some other part of his anatomy. She didn’t share much when it comes to particular policy initiatives, but that’s not really her job to do.That said, McCain really has to deliver Thursday night. Romney, Huck, Guiliani, and Palin all set him up very nicely to play to his strengths. He doesn’t have to be the bad guy and attack Obama. Instead, he can be the classy statesman and distance himself from his opponent by sharing a compelling vision for the next four years and some specifics on how to get there. I’m expecting a much more “centrist” speech from McCain than we’ve heard the past year or so, because the main audience he’s trying to speak to tonight won’t be the ones cheering him in the Xcel Center.

    Posted by Dwight Watson | September 4, 2008, 7:52 am
  12. >Its been brought! The A-Team brought their A-Game. Huckabee was classic, very effective speech. Giuliani kicked ass and took names time and again, I laughed through the whole speech. Palin hit a home run, great stuff. Obama was shredded all night for all the right reasons. The Obamessiah has no clothes and the GOP shined a huge spotlight on that tonight.

    Posted by Jeff Wright | September 4, 2008, 5:44 am
  13. >Simply…tonight was off the hook!!! Romney and Huckabee were both really good and Giuliani and Palin tore it up!

    Posted by J.Wizzle | September 4, 2008, 4:15 am
  14. >Solid red meat speech from Romney highlighting differences between Republican and Democrat approaches to governance. I noticed he referenced the “evil” question from Saddleback.Many of you are fairly familar with where I stand politically so you know I support a good bit of the principles discussed during this convention, but……Romney’s final comment about America as the best hope of the world chilled me. I know what he means when he says and there is a sense in which that statement is somewhat true. But for those of those who have a higher more profound hope, statements like that make me wince. I’d be interested in reading Bill Bennett’s book America: The Last Best Hope in order to see this discussed at more length.Ol Huck is up next. I hear he has a new show on Fox. I guess he’s conceded the next race to Palin already. 😉

    Posted by Jeff Wright | September 4, 2008, 1:56 am
  15. >Some of us need it more than others I suppose 🙂

    Posted by Jeff Wright | September 4, 2008, 1:22 am
  16. >I just got back from Wednesday night church, ye lot of heathens! 😉

    Posted by Nathan P. Gilmour | September 4, 2008, 1:16 am

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