RNC speech round-up Nights 1 and 2
- John McCain: good speech, especially when it comes to Michael "Disingenuous Filmmaker" Moore. Sen. McCain put him squarely in his place not once, not twice, but three times. Sadly, Mr. Moore is to oblivious to realize what McCain was saying and actually took the ribbing as a compliment, complete with a hat tip! I guess ignorance truly is bliss! A great segue and a slam dunk lead in for Rudy.
- Rudy Giuliani: definitely the highlight of the evening. As Hugh Hewitt quoted, he hit a grant slam with his speech last night and it was right on. He energized the room with his presence and captivated it with his recounting of his 9/11 experiences and the President's visit in the days following the attack. He also helped to widen the "big tent" of the party by being a key moderate who's reaching out to the broad base of the party. Look for both he and McCain to become more prominent in the second Bush term White House.
- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger: definitely the big ticket draw of the night (GW's intro of Laura excepted), and what a speech it was. If anyone out there is the epitome of success and fulfillment of the American dream, its him. His message was sound and singular: even though we all have differences and might not agree with every tenet of the GOP platform, we are all Republicans and fighting for a just cause who need to unite behind Pres. Bush. He made a genuine gesture to the centrist-right members of the party (of which he is one) to include themselves in the debate to help further the GOP agenda and defeat the JohnJohn ticket this year. His comparison of them to socialists to the 1968 Nixon/Humphrey campaign was dead-on accurate and should not be forgotten quickly. He is definitely an energizing and appealing force within today's GOP and will definitely be a prominent figure in the next Bush White House.
- F.L. Laura Bush (& G.W. intro): A great way to end the evening on a positive note. Gave great homage to our deployed soldiers and their families (got some noise from the CO delegation on that). A good message of support with some folksy family anecdotes woven in for good measure. A great speech from an awesome First Lady.
G.W.'s live video intro was a big plus to the crowd tonight, helping to top a night of rousing speeches with some great messages. On a down note, I don't think that the Bush daughters are quite ready for prime time yet; the discourse about their grandmother and father would have been more appropriate for a family gathering at home, not on national prime time television, and the audience let them know it wasn't as humorous as the twins thought it was. I think their strategy of staying out of the limelight is a good one and they should continue to practice it, especially since they are "adults" now. Look for some soundbites from them coming from the Kerry camp tomorrow.
That's it for tonight, looking forward to V.P. Cheney's speech tomorrow. BTW, be sure to read Hugh's post that I linked to earlier, it has an interesting theory about the V.P.'s possible actions in the second term. Click here to read it again.