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Did Barack Obama’s “Lipstick on a Pig” Comment Refer to Sarah Palin?

September 10, 2008

OK, so I’m sure that many of you have heard accusations that Barack Obama said the phrase “lipstick on a pig,” referring to Sarah Palin.  Let’s put that phrase into context.  This is from an Obama speech in Virginia on Tuesday:

“John McCain says he’s about change too, and so I guess his whole angle is, ‘Watch out George Bush–except for economic policy, health care policy, tax policy, education policy, foreign policy, and Karl Rove-style politics–we’re really going to shake things up in Washington.’  That’s not change.  That’s just calling something the same thing something different.  You know you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig. You know you can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change, it’s still going to stink after eight years.  We’ve had enough of the same old thing.”

Now, the McCain campaign is claiming that Obama used that line in a response to Palin’s convention speech where she said, “You know the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull?  Lipstick.”

The McCain campaign has claimed (and I can verify this) that the crowd errupted when Obama made the comment.

McCain, while comparing Hillary Clinton’s 1993 health care policy with her current (back during the primaries) policy, said the following: “I think they put some lipstick on the pig, but it’s still a pig,” using the phrase in the traditional sense.

Brian Rogers, a McCain spokesman told reporters that the McCain campaign saw a “big difference” between McCain and Obama’s uses of  the phrase, saying, “McCain was referring to a policy proposal.  Obama was referring to Governor Sarah Palin.  It’s obviously disrespectful and offensive. … Who has been talking about lipstick lately?  It was obvious.  The crowd went crazy because of it.”

Another McCain/Palin spokeswoman, Maria Comella, “Barack Obama’s comments today are offensive and disgraceful.  He owes Governor Palin an apology.”

Obama adviser Anita Dunn told reporters, “The McCain campaign’s attack tonight is a pathetic attempt to play the gender card about the use of a common analogy–the same analogy that Senator McCain himself used about Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s health care plan just last year.  This phony lecture on gender sensitivity is the height of cynicism and lays bare the increasingly dishonorable campaign John McCain has chosen to run.”

The McCain campaign has even put up on their website, a Web ad, “Lipstick,” (viewable below), which says, “Ready to lead?  No.  Ready to smear?  Yes.”

So, what do I think?  I agree with Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR).  Let’s see what he said on Hannity and Colmes: “It’s an old expression, and I’m going to have to cut Obama some slack on that one.  I do not think he was referring to Sarah Palin; he didn’t reference her.  If you take the two sound bites together, it may sound like it.  But I’ve been a guy at the podium many times, and you say something that’s maybe a part of an old joke and then somebody ties it in.  So, I’m going to have to cut him slack.”

And I absolutely agree.  Did Obama mean it against Palin?  No.  Did the crowd think he was referring to Palin?  I think many of them did, but this doesn’t mean that that’s what Obama intended.  I think Palin’s line was stuck in the heads of some in the audience, and when they heard that, they thought it was a joke against Palin, but that’s not Obama’s fault.  Looking back, should Obama have picked a different phrase?  Probably – it wasn’t wise to use that right after Palin’s speech, just for the mere fact that some WOULD connect the two, but I don’t think it was intentional or malicious.

The McCain campaign needs to get back to the issues, not this sound bite crap.

Done Ranting,

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Live Analysis of John McCain’s Acceptance Speech at the RNC

September 4, 2008

Alright, we’re now waiting for McCain to come out and speak – he’s had his family come out and Cindy spoke, theyr’e playing a video of him now.  And his mom just called him a “mamma’s boy” – that was funny.

Talking about his service in the military, and talking about being held as a Prisoner of War – I gotta say, no matter who you are, you have to respect John and any of our troops.

Talking about his time in the Senate, “committed to protect the American people,” opposed to pork barrel spending and tax increases.

Talking about his family, his children.  “What a life, what a faith, what a family.”  Nice quote.

The video is now over, and we are waiting for McCain to come out.

And Fred Thompson is now narrating, John McCain has now come out.  There’s a huge roar from the crowd.

It’s been about 2 minutes, all he’s been able to get out so far is, “Thank you,” over and over again.

“Tonight, I have a privilege given few Americans, a privilege of accepting our party’s nomination for the President of the United States.”  There you go, he is now OFFICIALLY the Republican nominee.

“In my life, no success has come without a fight,” and this campaign wasn’t any different.  He’s saying that that’s a compliment to his former opponents, and he’s thanking them for now supporting him.  I think that’s one of the last few times he’ll need to try to bring bitter people over, people who had supported other Republican candidates, but not him.  Although he probably won’t sway over any more Ron Paul supporters that he hasn’t already won over.

He’s saying he’s grateful for George W. Bush, Laura Bush, George H. W. Bush, and Barbara Bush.  He said he’s “indebted” to Cindy and his 7 kids.  I “can’t imagine a life without the happiness you’ve given me. … [Cindy] is more my inspiration that I am hers.”  And that’s good – showing he’s a down-to-earth family man.  “And I know she will make a great first lady.”

He’s talking about his mother raising him as a kid, while his father was in the Navy, and he’s thanking her now.  96 years old!  Wow – she doesn’t look that old – Congratulations!

“I intend to earn [your trust].”

He’s saying that him and Obama will go at it, “but you have my respect and admiration.”  He’s saying that they’re both Americans, and that means more to him than anything else.  And that’s showing that McCain is going to keep this a civil election, and that ultimately, both want the best for America.

“My friends, we’re going to win this election!”  And that energized the crowd pretty quickly.  He’s showing a lot of optimism going into this.  After we’ve won we’ll “get this country back on the road to prosperity and peace.”  And there’s now a war protester, and they’re all drowning her out with chants of “USA.”  He can’t get a word out.  “My friends, please don’t be diverted by the ground noise and the static.”  And the crowd has erupted.  “Americans want us to stop yelling at each other, OK.”  Back to what he was saying, these are tough times, and he got interrupted again.  Anyway, talking about him showing that a McCain administration will turn the country around, and get us back on our feet.

He’s just talked about Sarah Palin being his running mate, and that she’ll make a great Vice President.  He thanked everyone for their warm welcome last night.  He’s talking about her executive experience, energy, corruption, balancing budgets, taking on special interests, reaching across the aisle – he’s emphasizing things that Obama, who is a rookie as well, hasn’t accomplished.  And that’s the difference of experience.  Both Palin and Obama are rookies, but Palin has actually DONE things!

“I can’t wait to introduce her to Washington. … Change is coming!”  And Palin and McCain will bring change to Washington (sure, not all of it will be good,  but most of it will).

“I’m not in the habit of breaking my promises to my country, and neither is Governor Palin,” so you can count on us saying that we will turn this country around.  They have the strength, judgment, and experience to carry this out, he said.

“I don’t work for special interests.  I don’t work for myself.  I work for you.”  And that was an awesome quote.  It both brings him down to earth, but also appeals to moderates.  He’s talking about fighting corruption, no matter what party, and fighting big spenders in both parties.  And this is one of the things that I love about McCain – he’s saying he’ll veto any pork bills that come to his desk, and I love that policy.  It’s time that we stop wasting money, and McCain will do that for us.

“I’d rather lose an election than see my country lose a war” – using the quote he used during the primary, but that is such a GREAT quote, and it’s so true of John McCain and his “country first” slogan and policy.  Fortunately, the surge worked, and now McCain can go on to both win an election and help us win this war!

“I don’t mind a good fight [and] I’ve had quite a few tough ones in my life. … What you fight for is the real test.  I fight for Americans.  I fight for you.”  Again, a great quote, and McCain will fight for Americans.  Obama has spent most of his time in the Senate campaigning, and before that, he was in the Illinois legislature, where he voted “Present” most of the time.

He’s talking about making sure that the country where we have lost troops “will remain safe from its enemies.”  And he’s showing that he cares about these soldiers who have died overseas.

“We lost the trust of the American people when some Republicans gave in to the temptations of corruption … when we made government bigger … when we valued our power over our principles.  We’re going to change that.”  And he’s again, showing that he will reform government, even if it makes Republicans angry.  “The party of Reagan and Roosevelt and Lincoln is going to get back to basics.”  GREAT quote – as I was saying, Republicans have lost their small government principles, and McCain will bring us back to that.  He’ll end big spending, and give the money back to the people where it belongs.

He’s talking about “letting the people keep the fruits of their labor,” cutting taxes, etc.

“We believe in the values of  families, neighborhoods. … We believe in a government who doesn’t make choices for you, but makes sure that you have choices to make for yourselves.”  McCain will reduce spending and Obama will increase them (McCain said that).  He’s saying that he’ll cut spending, but Obama will raise it.  McCain will encourage jobs, but Obama’s policies won’t.  McCain says he’ll cut the 2nd highest business tax in the world.  He said he’ll double the child tax exemption to $7,000, and that’s something that’ll appeal to the middle class, as it should.

“Government assistance for the unemployed was design for the 1950s.  That’s gonna change under my watch.”  Thank you – the welfare system is so out of date.  We need to completely reform the system (I’d say get rid of it, but that won’t happen, because the American church, who used to do what the government does now, can never take back the responsibility of caring for the poor).

Talking about finding employment at a decent wage.

“Track and reward good teachers, and help bad teachers find another line of work.”  Or you could just fire them!  That was harsh, I know.  “Parents deserve a choice in the education of their children, and I intend to give it to them.”  That’s good, as long as it’s not vouchers.  We don’t let people get out of Medicare taxes if they won’t use Medicare, so I don’t see why we should do it for schools.  “I want schools to answer to parents and students” not unions and bureaucrats “and when I’m President, they will.”  Great quote.  The school system (especially in Michigan, and ESPECIALLY in Wayne County needs reform!).  We need to cut spending where we can, where it’s just being wasted and put it into areas that NEED money.

He’s talking about more offshore drilling, and the crowd loved that – more “Drill baby drill” chants, using nuclear, power, wind, hydroelectric, and tide power plants.  “We must use all resources … to rescue our economy from rising oil prices and restore the health of our planet. … It’s an ambitious plan … but we’ve faced tougher challenges.  It’s time to show the world how Americans lead.”  That’s good.  He emphasized that Obama doesn’t like nuclear, and I LOVE nuclear power, as do a lot of Democrats I know.  We can’t keep making excuses for every type of power plant we find.  There’s downsides to all of them, but we can’t just sit around waiting for the perfect energy solution.

Talking about Iran, and their terrorist-supporting administration.  Talking about Russia invading Georgia, in order to gain more control over oil.

“I know how military works. … I know how the world works.”  He’s talking about knowing what is good in the military, and he said he knows the bad things that have happened in the military.  He will strengthen our military.  Talking about his grandfather, and World War II, and then dying the day after the peace agreement was signed – that shows you what he was living for.  He wanted to see America through the war safely – that is an American patriot for you!

“In America, we change things that need to be changed. … The work that is ours is plainly before us.  We don’t need to search for it.”  From transportation fuel, to disaster response, to the way we train workers.  “We have to catch up to history, and we have to change the way we do business in Washington.”  Emphasizing change is good.  He’s showing that Obama won’t change Washington, he hasn’t.  McCain has been a champion of change, and when he’s President, he will CONTINUE to change Washington.

“I will fix problems that need to be fixed.  I will reach out my hand to anyone to get this country moving again.  I have that record and the scars to prove it.  Senator Obama does not.”  Great quote there – and showing that Obama has been a DO NOTHING Senator, but McCain has done stuff, even when it wasn’t popular.

“We can do anything we put our minds to.  I’ll ask Democrats and Independents to serve with me.  My administration will” be transparent.  And he’s shown he’ll have Independents – I think he’ll have Lieberman in his cabinet.

“I’ve never lived through days, good or bad, that I haven’t thank God for the privilege.”  Good quote there.  Now he’s saying that he “was blessed by misfortune … [in] serving with heroes.”  He’s talking about being captured by the Vietnamese, talking about getting ready to go out for his 23rd mission.  He’s saying that he was doing stuff for his own pleasure and pride.  Now he’s talking about being put into the cell.  Once they found out who his father was, they took him to a hospital, putting him simply in a cast, not setting the bones properly.  Saying that he couldn’t even feed himself, that he was no longer living for selfish independence.  Talking about being with 2 men.  “Those men saved my life.”  Talking about him being offered to leave early, but he refused, because there had been men shot down before him.  And that got a huge response from the crowd, as it should – he’s an American hero, and now they’re shouting “hero” – but he is a hero.  He’s an American patriot and hero.

He’s saying that after he turned down their offer, they abused him more than ever, and they eventually broke him.  He said he was ashamed, but a friend told him that he had fought as hard as he could, and no man can fight alone, but to get up and fight.  “I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else’s. … I loved it because it was not just a place, an idea, a cause worth fighting for.  I was never the same again.  I was never my own again anymore.  I was my country’s.”  That was a GREAT quote.  It shows how much dedication he has to his country.  He doesn’t care about himself, but about all of us.

“If you find faults with our country, make it a better one. … become a teacher, enter the ministry, run for public office … teach an illiterate adult to read. … Our country will be better and you will be happier, because nothing is better than to serve a cause other than yourself.  I’m going to fight for my cause every day as your President. … With hard work, strong faith, and a little courage, great things are always within our reach.  Fight with me, fight for what’s good for our country, fight for opportunity for all.  Stand up and defend our country from it’s enemies.  Stand up for each other.  Stand up and fight.  We’re Americans, we never give up, we never quit, we never hide from history, we make history.”  And you couldn’t even hear him anymore, the crowd was just overwhelmingly loud.  They were just cheering and cheering him on.  “Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.”

There you go – McCain emphasized his moderate views, his reformer views.  He also emphasized his conservative views, but showed that he’s not dedicated to the party, but the American people.  He is dedicated to the American people, and will fight for them if that means opposing Republicans, Democrats, terrorists, or anybody else.

Overall, I’d give it an 9/10.  It was REALLY good at the end, but at other parts, it just didn’t click with me.

Now, the balloons are falling as McCain and Palin’s families are on the stage now.  The crowd is still going wild.  Sarah Palin just said, “They’re beautiful” (at least I think that’s what she said – there’s no mic, I’m trying to read lips).

The balloons are continuing to fall, and the crowd is still cheering, it’s just a fun atmosphere.  McCain and Palin are going out and waving to the crowd, smiling together.  The McCains and Sarah Palin are now walking the crowd, and that is going to wrap up my coverage of the Republican National Convention.  Thank you for reading, and come back here for updates all through until November!

Done Analyzing,

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Analysis of Sarah Palin’s Speech at the RNC

September 4, 2008

OK, I’ve had meetings and homework all night, and I’ve been trying to catch up on these speeches.  Palin’s is so long that for now I’ll just analyze half, and then I have to get sleep, or I’m just gonna crash.  So, here goes:

Here she goes, “I will be honored to accept your nomination for the Vice President of the United States.”  And she got a big response right there (of course it was expected) – they really like her.

“I accept the call to help our nominee for President to serve and defend America, and I accept the challenge of a tough fight in this election, against confident opponents, at a crucial hour for our country, and I accept the privilege of serving with a man who has come through much harder missions and met far graver challenges and knows how tough fights are won.  The next President of the United States, John S. McCain.”  She seems very formal in her speaking (and remember, I had to leave for class when she gave her speech in Ohio, so this is really the first I’m seeing over her since she was chosen).

Now she’s talking about being committed when everybody counted him out of the election.  Talking about him saying he’d rather lose an election than a war.  “The pollsters and the pundits overlooked just one thing when they wrote him off.  They overlooked the caliber of the man himself, the determination and resolve, and the sheer guts of Senator John McCain.”  And that got a pretty good response.  “There’s a time for politics, and a time for leadership, a time to campaign, and a time to put our country first.”  She’s building McCain up as this great person for America, but I don’t know what’s different about it.  She seems to be doing it in a unique way, not stressing the moderate viewpoints, but just saying that overall, McCain cares for this country.

She’s talking about serving the country in the Navy, and talking about the troops in Iraq “who now have brought victory within sight.  And as the mother of one of those troops, that is exactly the kind of man I want as Commander in Chief.”  And now they’re showing her son.  But that’s a good quote from her – it shows that as a military mom, she trusts McCain to take care of her son and all the troops overseas.

She’s talking about her son going over to Iraq in a week, as well as her nephew who’s over there now.  She said that her family is so proud of all of the men and women serving the country in uniform.  Now chants of “USA” have broken out.

Now she’s back to talking about her family.  Now she just introduced her daughters.  They look like such a nice loving family, and the youngest daughter is so cute.  Bristol’s boyfriend (soon to be husband) is with Bristol now – holding her hand.  Again, I wish them the best!

She’s talking about her son, who has Down’s Syndrome and that “children with special needs inspire a very very special love.”  And that got a HUGE response from the crowd.  Sarah just seems like such an amazing mother – she’s down to earth and just comes across as so nice and loving.  She told families of special needs children that “if [we are] elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House.”

Talking about her husband, Todd, who is a union member, and that could help with union members, especially in Michigan, where the race is close and we have a lot of unions.  And she’s talking a bit about how they met.  The crowd loves him as the whole family stands up.  Honestly though, I think some of this could’ve been cut out to save time.  Maybe I’m just tired of speeches (or tired period), but I think this speech may seem too long.  She’s talking about her parents now.

She’s talking about hard working Americans who “love their country in good times and bad, and they’re always proud of America.”  Talking about farmers and factory workers, the working class citizens of America.

She’s talking about having the privilege of living in a small town and being a hockey mom and on the PTA.  And there’s some chants of “hockey mom” in the crowd.  “They say the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull, lipstick.”  That was a good one.

She’s talking about joining the PTA to make children’s education better, and running for city council.  She’s talking about being mayor of her hometown, and then running for Governor.  “I guess a small town mayor is sorta like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilites.”  ZING!  Wow – that got a great response from the crowd.  And that was just an exceptional point to make – showing that even rookie politician Sarah Palin has more experience than Barack Obama.

“I might add that in small towns we don’t quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they’re listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren’t listening.  No, we tend to prefer candidates who don’t talk about us one way in Scranton and anothe way in San Francisco.  As for my running mate, you can be certain that wherever he goes and whoever is listening, John McCain is the same man.”  And it’s good to get that perspective of how offensive that was to small town Americans.  It really shows how out of touch Obama is, and how offensive that comment was to small town Americans.

And this seems like a good spot to stop for now.  I’ll finish up my analysis in the morning.

OK – back up and finishing her speech:

“Well, I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment … and if you’re not a member … some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone.  Here’s a little newsflash for those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their opinion.  I’m going to Washington to serve this great country.”  And that got a HUGE response from the crowd.  She’s showing that she’s not the same old politician that we’re used to, but that she CARES about the people she’s serving.

She’s talking about the right reason being “to serve the common good and to leave this nation better than we found it.”  She’s talking about being expected to govern with integrity and a servant’s heart, and she just promised to carry herself like that as Vice President.  She’s saying that this is the same spirit when she ran for Governor and stood up to corrupt politics.  She’s talking about true reform being hard to achieve, but she had the people’s support and was able to overcome the corrrupt machines inside of Alaskan politics.

She’s talking about ethics reform, and getting rid of stuff that Alaskan citizens shouldn’t have to pay for, such as the luxury jet that she put on eBay.  She said that there’s no reason that she needed a personal chef.

Now she’s talking about using the veto, and that McCain will use it to avoid wasteful spending.  She’s talking about ending earmark spending from Congress.  She said no to the Bridge to Nowhere.  If Alaska wanted to build the bridge, she said “we’d do it ourselves.”

She’s talking about breaking away from oil company lobbyists and breaking their monopoly on power and resources.  She said she’s a champion of competition and fairness.

Talking about the natural gas pipeline, “to help lead America to energy independence.”  She’s saying that we will have to rely less on dangerous nations.  We won’t have to draw from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve when a hurricane comes into the Gulf of Mexico.

“We cannot leave ourselves at the mercy of foreign suppliers.”  She’s talking about Iran and Russia trying to take over more and more of the oil supply.  She’s saying that “we need to produce more of our oil and gas. … Take it from a gal who knows the north slope of Alaska–we’ve got lots of both.”  And the crowd liked that one, but she makes a good point.  And there go the “Drill baby drill” chants again.  Anyway, Palin, an Alaskan understand more than most people that we CAN drill in and off the shore of Alaska, without harming the wildlife as a whole.  Will we hurt some animals?  Probably, but that happens ANY time we build anything.  With people come cars, an it’d inevitable that a car will hit an animal, but we don’t say, “We need to save the squirrels, so no more roads,” so why are we keeping from drilling in Alaska because we may wind up killing 100 or so animals?

Now she’s going on about drilling, that it won’t solve our problems, “but the fact that drilling won’t solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all.”  And that’s so true.  We should be doing EVERYTHING we can to end the energy crisis: drill for oil, build nuclear power plants, build wind power plants, etc….

She’s saying that a McCain Palin administration will drill, build a pipeline, build nuclear, wind, solar, geothermal, and other power plants.  She’s a nuclear power girl!  I like her!  Talking about using AMERICAN workers.

“I’ve noticed a pattern with our opponent … we’ve all heard his dramatic speeches before devoted followers, … but listening to him speak, it’s easy to forget this this is the man who has authored 2 memoirs, but a single major law or even a reform, not even in the state Senate!”  And  that’s awesome right there.  Reminding people that Obama has done pretty much nothing as a legislator shows that he’s inexperienced.  Inexperience is different than being new.  Palin is new, but she has experience.  She has actually DONE THINGS since she’s been in office, not vote “Present” or go around campaigning for President for 2 years.

“This is the (or a) man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting and never use the word “victory” except when he’s talking about his own campaign.  And that right there makes the military families happy about McCain.

Now she made a joke about Obama’s fake White House columns getting taken back to a studio – it was a pretty good joke.  She’s saying he’ll take more money and weaken us as a nation in the world.  She said, “Victory in Iraq is finally in sight, and he wants to forfeit.”  She’s talking about Al Qaeda terrorists getting ready to attack us and “he’s worried that someone won’t read him (a terrorist) his rights.”  That’s good right there – she’s showing that a lot of what Obama wants is simply BAD for America.

“Government is too big, he wants to grow it.  Congress spends too much money, he promises more.  Taxes are too high, and he wants to raise them.  His tax increases are the fine print in his economic plan.”  He’ll raise income, payroll, investment income, death, and business taxes.  It’s good that she’s showing that Obama WILL raise taxes (other than those making around I believe it’s $40,000 a year or less, and trust me, $50,000 is not that much to live off of that you need to be taxed more).

She’s saying, how will these people be better off if Obama increases taxes?

“In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers, and then, there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.”  And there you go – she’s showing that Obama is just using what America wants to hear to get elected, but in reality, he’s going to drive America into the ground.

“They are the ones whose names appear on laws and landmark reforms, not just on buttons and banners, or on self-designed Presidential seals.”  That was a good one again.

She’s saying that “there are those, like John McCain, that actually do great things,” that they’re the ones we can “count on to serve and to defend America.”  She’s talking about Senator McCain having a great record on reform, and that’s why lobbyists oppose him so much.  “He’s a man [who will] serve his country, and not just his party.  A leader who’s not looking for a fight, but sure isn’t afraid of one either.”  And that shows that McCain is different from other politicians, but he’ll stand up for what he believes in.  And the fact that liberals hate him, means that “we have chosen the right man.”  And she’s right here – the fact that liberals hate him so much, means that he’s what we need in the White House.

“Take the Maverick out of the Senate–put him into the White House.”  GREAT quote!

“There is only one man in this election who has ever fought for you,” contrasting that against Biden and Obama saying that they’re fighting for “you,” meaning the American people.  And that’s true.  All that Biden and Obama care about is getting themselves elected.

She’s talking about McCain bringing compassion, wisdom, and confidence to the White House, all because of what he faced over in Vietnam, seeing evil, and seeing evil be overcome.

She’s telling a story of McCain smiling and giving a thumbs up to a fellow POW, after McCain would come back from being beaten, a smile of encouragement and that everything would one day be OK.  “That is the kind of man America needs to see us through the next 4 years.”  And she’s right.  McCain has been through trials and tough times, and he’s shown that he can not only pull through himself, but help others pull through as well.

“For a season, a gifted speaker can inspire with his words, but for a lifetime, John McCain has inspired with his deeds.  If character is the measure in this election, and hope the theme, and change the goal we share, then I ask you to join our cause.  Join our cause and help America elect a great man as the next President of the United States.  Thank you, and God bless America.  Thank you.”

And there you have it, Sarah Palin’s speech to the RNC.

Overall, I thought it was a good speech.  She definitely appealed to the Republican base, portraying McCain as both a conservative and reformer (just like herself).  But she also showed that McCain is a Maverick on some issues, and some of her speech will appeal to undecided voters.

Overall, I say it was good, but it wasn’t the best speech I’ve heard through the conventions.  I’ll give it a 9/10.

Done Analyzing,

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Analysis of Rudy Giuliani’s Speech at the RNC

September 4, 2008

Here’s my next speech analysis.  This one is for Wednesday’s keynote speaker, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani:

He’s talking about him supporting John McCain, just like he said he would.  “This year, with what’s at stake, 2008 IS the most important election in our lifetime, and we’d better get it right.”  A great quote from Giuliani.  It’s emphasizing the fact that, sure we say that every year, but this year its actually true.  This is a major cornerstone for American and whoever wins will have a huge impact on the future of this nation.

“This election represents a turning point.  It’s a decision to follow one path or the other. … The citizens of  the United States get to decide the next President [then he lists liberals].  Not anyone else but the people of America.”  And the crowd begins to chant “USA.”  And that’s just basically him saying, “Don’t pay attention to Hollywood and the media bias.  Go out and vote for a good candidate, John McCain.”

“To those Americans who still feel torn in this election. … Think about it this way: you’re hiring someone to do a job, an important job, a job that relates to the safety of yourself and your family. … You have 2 job applications in your hand with the name and the party affiliations blocked out.  They’re both good and patriotic men … You have to decide, “Who am I gonna hire?”  He’s talking about McCaain having “passed every test. … Even his adversaries acknowledge … that John McCain is a true American hero.”  And he’s talking about McCain’s sacrifice, and that really appeals to the undecided voters, and it especially appeals to military families.  He’s talking about McCain knowing that “America comes first,” and that McCain has shown that he knows this.

He’s talking about McCain running for House and Senate as a foot soldier in the Reagan Revolution.  Then he switches over to Obama, a man who’s gifted with a great education, who “worked as a community organizer.  What?”  And the crowd really liked that.  “He worked!  I said–I said–Okay, okay, maybe this is the first problem on the resumé.   He worked as a community organizer.  He immersed himself in Chicago machine politics.”  Talking about him being elected to the State Legislature, “and nearly 130 times, he couldn’t make a decision, he couldn’t figure out whether to vote yes, or no.  It was too tough.  He voted, ‘Present.'”  And these were some great quotes here.  He first went and took Obama’s “experience” as a community organizer and showed that it’s basically useless.  Then he went and showed that Obama basically did NOTHING when he was a state legislator.

“‘Present’ doesn’t work in an executive job.  For President of the United States, it’s not good enough to be present.  You have to make a decision.”  And that was a great line there – it really shows just how inexperienced Obama is.

Now he’s talking about Obama being a “celebrity Senator.”  He’s saying that Obama has never run a city, state, business, military unit, and he’s never had to lead people in crisis.

“He is the least experienced candidate for President of the United States in at least the last 100 years.  Not a personal attack, a statement of fact.  Barack Obama has never lead anything, nothing, nada.  Nada.  Nothing.”  People are really liking Giuliani.  This is so far a much better speech than I expected.  He’s really emphasizing that Obama doesn’t know how to run anything when it comes to executive power, and Giuliani is an expert when it comes to this.

“The choice in this election comes down to substance over style. … This is no time for on the job training.”  Another great quote!

“We agree with Joe Biden.  One time.  One time, when he said that, until he flip flopped and changed his position.  And yes, being President means being able to answer that call at 3 in the morning.  And that’s the one time we agree with Hillary.  I bet you never thought Hillary would get an applause at this convention. … Well no one can look at John McCain and say that he’s not ready to be Commander in Chief.  He is and he’s ready and we can trust him to deal with anything, anything that nature throws our way, anything that terrorists do to us.  This man has been tested over and over again, and we will be safe in his hands, and our children will be safe in his hands, and our country will be safe in the hands of John McCain.  No doubts!”  Those are some great quotes.  He’s really firing up the crowd, and really pushing the fact that McCain is ready to lead, and he’s shown before that he CAN lead.

He’s talking about Obama saying that this election is about change vs. more of the same, but it’s actually good change vs. bad change.  “Because change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy.”  GREAT quote showing that Obamahas no knowledge on what to do with Iraq, let alone most key issues.

Talking about McCain will lower taxes and reduce govnerment to strengthen the dollar, lead us to energy independence, and get us to drill off shore.  The crowd chants, “Drill baby drill.”  And Giuliani is just laughing and so happy.  He’s really enjoying and feeding off of the energy of the crowd, and then putting his own energy back into the crowd.  They are loving him and this speech.  He can’t even get a sentence out.

He’s saying that McCain will promote growth, jobs, and prosperity.  “We need John McCain to save our economy and make sure it grows.  But we need him for a more important purpose … John McCain will keep us on offense against terrorism at home and abroad.”  And this is where McCain’s strong points are – national security.

“For four days in Denver, the Democrats were afraid to use the words, ‘Islamic terrorism.'”  He’s saying that they’re afraid they’re insulting someone if they use that phrase.  “Who are they insulting when they say, ‘Islamic terrorism’?  They’re insulting terrorists!”  He’s saying that they hardly mentioned September 11th.  He’s saying that they’re in denial “about the biggest threat that faces this country.”  “John McCain can win and bring victory for this country.”  He’s talking about McCain supporting the troop surge.  Now he’s just rapidly emphasizing McCain’s strong points when it comes to national security, and he’s really showing how great McCain is when it comes to these issues.

“In the single biggest policy decision in this election, John McCain got it right, and Barack Obama got it wrong!”  Showing just how bad Obama is when it comes to national security, a huge contrast to McCain.  He’s saying that McCain took a political hit for the good of the country.

Now he’s talking about Obama flip flopping on public financing, an undivided Jerusalem, and wire-tapping.

“I tell you.  If I were Joe Biden, I’d wanna get that VP thing in writing!”  That was a GREAT line.

Now, he’s quoting McCain, “I’d rather lose an election than a war.  Why, because that’s John McCain.”  Again, a great quote – showing that that’s McCain’s personality, showing that McCain has America’s best interest at hand.

Now he’s talking about McCain’s stance on the Georgia/Russia issue and that Russia has to respect the integrity of other nations.  Quoting McCain, “We are all Georgians.”  Obamafirst said that both sides were equally responsible, just like he described the relationship between Palestine and Israel.  He later changed his position and said that the UN Security Council could find a solution.  He’s saying that apparently nobody told him that Russia has veto power in the UN Security Council.  So he changed again, and put out a statement basically the same as McCain’s.  “I have some advice for Senator Obama: next time, call John McCain.”  And hat was such a GREAT example.  He showing that Obama flip flops on so many foreign policy issues.  He’s changed his timetable for Iraq so many times that I don’t even remember how long he’ll keep us there anymore.

He’s saying that like Ronald Reagan, McCain will enlarge our party.  He’s saying picking Palin was a choice for the future, that she represents a new generation.  And that she has more executive experience than the Democratic ticket combined.

He’s talking about her being a mayor, and that he likes that about her.  He’s saying that Obama said it’s not flashy and cosmopolitan enough for him where she was mayor.  He’s talking about her reducing taxes and government spending and her stances on energy.  He’s said that she’s one of the best governors in the country.  “She has an 80% approval rating.  You’d never get that in New York City.”  “This is a woman who stands up for what is right,” talking about her stopping corruption and standing up to corruption INSIDE the Republican party.

“Can you imagine how they’re gonna shake up Washington!  Look out!”  Talking about them being Mavericks.  “How dare they question whether Sarah Palin has enough time to spend with her children and be Vice President.  How dare they do that.  When did they ever ask a man that question?”  And they’re flashing over to Cindy McCain and the Palin family, and they’re all agreeing, including Bristol Palin, by nodding their heads.

He’s talking about giving people the right to work, giving parents choice for where kids go to school, and believing in America’s success, “a shining city on a hill” – a Reagan quote!  “So my fellow Americans, we get a chance to elect one of our great heroes and a great American.  He will be an exceptional President.  He will have with him an exceptional woman who has already proven that she can reform and that she can govern.  And now the job is up to us.  Let’s get John McCain an Sarah Palin elected, and let’s shake up Washington and  move this country forward!  God bless America.  Thank you.”

Wow – wow – that was the BEST speech I’ve heard from both conventions.  That right there my friends is a 10/10.

He hit everything he needed to hit.  He shored up the moderates, the conservatives, the economic conservatives, the national security conservatives.

That was a great speech, a very energetic speech, and one of the best speeches I’ve ever seen.

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Analysis of Mitt Romney’s Speech to the RNC

September 4, 2008

Alright.  I’ll now be analyzing former Governor Mitt Romney’s (R-MA) speech to the RNC:

He’s talking about respecting the people there for the views they have.  He’s talking about Washington looking at the elites from the East Coast, such as liberal newspapers, etc….  “If America really wants to change, it’s time to look for the sun in the west, because it’s about to rise and shine from Arizona and Alaska!”  That was a pretty cool imagery – and it got a good response from the crowd.

He’s talking about the DNC speakers talking about change.  He’s talking about the government being liberal: Supreme Court being liberal, giving rights to terrorist prisoners, stopping off shore drilling and nuclear power plants, making inflation rise.  “We need change all right: change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington!”  Again, that was a pretty good quote, and he’s now reaching out to the conservative base, which is the part of the party that  Lieberman didn’t appeal to, so they’re hitting all of the members of the party as well as other people watching.

Talking about throwing out the big government liberals.  Now he’s talking about his history in the private sector, and that liberals don’t know how to deal with economic issues.  He’s basically saying that we have a good economy because of the work of the American people.

“We strengthen our people and our economy when we preserve and promote opportunity.  Opportunity is what lets hope become reality.”  Now he’s talking about when opportunity expands – talking about good educations, talking about schools and homes that are moral homes, free from pornography, drugs, etc….  “America cannot long lead the family of nations if we fail the family here at home.”  And again, that’s a great quote that appeals to the Religious Right conservatives.  He’s shoring up the party base, something that on his own, McCain would have a hard time doing.

“It’s time to stop the spread of government dependency and fight it like the poison that it is.  You know, it’s time for the party of big ideas, not the party of Big Brother.”  And that appeals to the economic conservatives – and it helps McCain look better on economics, an area that he won’t appear strong on his own.

Now he’s talking about the housing crisis and gas prices.  He’s talking about the Democrats wanting to take the wrong course, but we should take the right course, the same course that Reagan took over 20 years ago.

“The right course is to rein in government spending, lower taxes, take a weed whacker to excessive regulation and mandates, put a stop to tort windfalls, and to stand up to the tyrannosaurus appetite of government unions.”  And that’s going to hurt with the moderates, but this is where Palin comes in to help.  Her and her husband were union members, so that connection is going to sway over some moderate union members who are undecided as of now.

Talking about pursuing every source of energy security, including drilling for oil off our shores.  “I have one more recommendation for energy conservation: let’s keep Al Gore’s private jet on the ground.”  That was a great quote.

He’s talking about Democrats not talking about the threat from radical Muslims at their convention last week.  Now he’s talking about good an evil, and McCain said (at the Saddleback forum) “hit the nail on head: radical violent Islam is evil and he will defeat it.”  That’s another great quote there.  That really appeals to the military families and people who are mostly concerned with national security.  Although, this is an area that McCain really doesn’t need help in.

And the crowd has now gone into chanting, “USA.”

“People in our party prefer straight talk to politically correct talk.”  Again, another great quote, showing that Democrats are spinning the truth, and that McCain is telling the truth.

He’s now talking about McCain and Palin strengthening the economy, and not retreating in the face of evil extremism.

“Just like you, there’s never been a day when I was not proud to be an American.”  And the crowd has gone into chanting “USA” again.  “We Americans inherited the greatest nation in the history of the earth.  It’s our burden and our privilege to preserve it, to renew its spirit, so that its noble past is prologue to its glorious future.  To this we’re all dedicated, and I firmly believe, by the providence of the Almighty, that we will succeed.  President McCain and Vice President Palin will keep America as it has always been, the hope of the earth.  Thank you and God bless America.”

Alright, so there you have Mitt Romney’s speech, a speech to shore up some more of the base.  It was good speech, but I expected better from him.  He can be a great speaker, and I just didn’t see a great speech there.  I’d give it an 8.5/10.

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Newt Gingrich Slams MSNBC Reporter During Discussion on Sarah Palin’s Qualifications

September 3, 2008

Here’s a video of Newt Gingrich being interviewed by MSNBC’s reporter Ron Allen.  A transcript is available below the video:

Allen: But to be fair, her resumé is not something that we’re familiar seeing with Presidential candidates.

Gingrich: It’s stronger than Barack Obama’s.  I don’t know why you guys walk around saying this baloney.  She has a stronger resume than Obama.  She’s been a real mayor, he hasn’t.  She has been a real governor, he hasn’t.  She’s been in charge of the Alaskan National Guard, he hasn’t. She was a whistle-blower who defeated an incumbent mayor.  He has never once shown that kind of courage.  She’s a whistle-blower who turned in the chairman of her own party and got him fined $12,000.  I’ve never seen Obama do one thing like that.  She took on the incumbent governor of her own party and beat him, and then she beat a former Democratic governor in the general election.  I don’t know of a single thing Obama’s done except talk and write.  I’d like you to tell me one thing Senator Obama’s done.

Allen: Thanks very much, Mr. Speaker. I’m going to leave it there.  I’m not going to argue the case.  Thanks very much.

And then he goes back to Keith Olbermann who goes to a commercial break.  Unfortunately, Olbermann doesn’t have videos up from yesterday, and MSNBC doesn’t seem to have anything else up either.  If anybody has the response from Olbermann, I’d love to link to it!

But that was pretty awesome.  Like I say, the media needs to be put in its place sometimes, and boy did Gingrich do that!

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Analysis of Senator Joe Lieberman’s Speech at the RNC

September 3, 2008

Whoa – apparenlty I typed Joe Biden all over the place in this instead of Lieberman (that’s what happens at this time of night – you go a little crazy) – so it’s all fixed now:

Again, like Bush’s speech, I was in a meeting when Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) spoke, so here’s my late analysis:

Lieberman is now talking about Hurricane Gustav, and saying that it hurts all of us, because we’re one family.  “The last thing we think about is whether one of the victims was a Democrat, or a Republican, because we’re  all Americans.”  Good quote.

“You know, the sad truth is–it shouldn’t take a hurricane to bring us together like this.”  I’m guessing that his moderate speech may not make a lot of Republicans happy.

He’s now talking about gas prices and  threats from abroad.  He’s talking about Americans seeing politicians “fighting each other rather than fighting for the American people.”  Good quote, and he’s playing up unity a LOT, something that may not go over well with the Republicans, but something that’s definitely going to help McCain with the moderates.  Now he’s going on to talk about George Washington warning future Americans about getting caught up in partisan fights.

“And that brings me directly to why I’m here to night.  What after all, is a Democrat like me doing at a Republican convention like this?”  And that one got a huge roar from the crowd – they really like him.  “Well, I’ll tell you what, I’m here to support John McCain because country matters more than party.”  A GREAT quote, and the crowd really liked that one.  And he’s now swaying his message a little more to the conservative side, something that’ll please the Republicans, but also still attract a lot of moderate voters who are watching his speech now.

“I am here tonight for a simple reason.  John McCain is the best choice to bring our country together and lead America forward.  And dear friends, I am here tonight because John McCain’s whole life testifies to a great truth: Being a Democrat or a Republican is important, but it is nowhere near as important as being an American.”  Again, a great unity quote, but one that still doesn’t anger the Republican base.

Now he’s talking about both candidates ending partisan gridlock in Washington, and saying that only John McCain has actually shown that he will do this.

He’s saying that John McCain thinks that it shouldn’t take a natural disaster to teach politicians that people don’t care about what party you’re from, but that people just want their every-day problems solved.

John McCain will “put our country first” – and he said that that’s something that John McCain has done every day.

He’s talking about McCain doing campaign finance laws, and the 9/11 Commission, and national security reforms, all of these working across the aisle, as well as working across the aisle to get support for nominations of Supreme Court justices as well as other federal judges.

“My Democratic friends know all about John’s record of independence and accomplishment.  And you see, that’s why I think some of them are spending so much time and so much money trying to convince the American people that John McCain is someone else.  I am here to tell you what I think you know.  But I want to speak to the people out there–don’t be fooled by some of these political statements and advertisements.  God only made one John McCain, and he is his own man.”  And that got a HUGE response from the crowd.  And like I’ve been saying all throughout his speech, this  is  Lieberman trying to make John McCain look appealing to independents and undecideds.  Lieberman isn’t at this convention to speak to Republicans.  He’s at this convention to get media attention hoping that it’ll catch the eyes and ears of people OUTSIDE of the convention hall.

“If John McCain was just another go-along partisan politician, he never would’ve taken on corrupt Republican lobyists, or big corporations that were cheating the American people or powerful colleagues in Congress who were wasting taxpayer money, but he did.  If John McCain was another go-along politician, he never would’ve led the fight to fix our broken immigration system or acutally do something about global warming, but he did.  As a matter of fact friends, if John McCain is just another partisan Republican, then I’m Michael Moore’s favorite Democrat, and I’m not!”  That was a pretty good quote at the end.  And overall, it was good to consistently push McCain as a moderate and a reformer, although that point is getting a little old now.  The speech is seeming very redundant to me.

“And I think you know that I’m not.  Senator Barack Obama is a gifted and eloquent young man” who can do great things for us in the future, but eloquence isn’t a substitute for a good record, especially not during these tough times for America.  It was good for a Democratic caucuser to say that Obama is not experienced, especially since it came from one of his Senat colleagues.

“In the Senate [Obama] has not reached across party lines to accomplish anything significant, nor has he been willing to take on powerful interest groups in the Democratic party to get something done.”  That’s good.  Not only is he showing what McCain has done to be a moderate, he’s showing how Obama has NOT been a moderate.

Talking about contrasting Obam with Bill Clinton.  Saying at least Clinton accomplished welfare reform (I bet that wasn’t too popular at the convention) and a balanced budget.

Now he’s on to talking about Governor Palin, talking about her being a reformer and taking on special interest groups and reaching across party lines.  “She is a leader we can count on to help John shake up Washingotn.”

“I sincerely believe that the real ticket for change this year is the McCain/Palin ticket.”  And that’s great – he’s taking Obama’s main point and saying that it shouldn’t be Obama’s point, but McCain’s.

“The Washington beaurocrats and the power brokers are not going to be able to build a pen that will hold in these 2 mavericks.  It’s just not possible.  Together, I think we can count on John and Sarah to fight for American and to fight for you, the American people, and that’s what our country needs most right now.”  It’s good for him to use the maverick description, especially after so many people have said that McCain isn’t really a maverick.

Talking about dangerous enemies in the world.  “What America needs now … is not more party unity [but] more national unity.”  A good quote that again appeals to the moderates.

He’s talking about this being true because we’re a country at war.  He’s talking about McCain having “the guts and the judgment to sound the alarm about the mistakes we were making in Iraq” and about Obama wanting to cut funding from troops on the battlefield.  He’s talking about McCain supporting the surge, and the surge was successful.  He’s talking about troops coming home and coming home in honor, all because of the surge, and attributing a lot of that to McCain.  And that’s someting that appeals to everybody.  Nobody (well almost nobody) dislikes the troops.

He’s talking about McCain being liked and respected by leaders across the globe.  “John McCain will be a President our allies will trust and our enemies will fear, and that’s the kind of President we need in today’s world.”  A great quote, again one that will appeal to everybod, since we’ve been seen as a country who’s hurt our relationships with our allies.

“I want to speak directly to my fellow Democrats and independents … I know many of you are angry and frustrated by our government and our politics today, and for good reason.  You may be thinking about voting for John McCain but you’re not sure yet.  Some of you may never have voted for a Republican before, and frankly in an ordinary election, you probably never would.  But I want you to believe with me that this is no ordinary election … because these are not ordinary times.  And trust me, John McCain is no ordinary candidate.”  Good.  He’s appealing to (and talking directly to) independents and Democrats, and doing a good job of trying to sway them over.

“You may not agree with John McCain on every issue, but you can always count on him to be straight with you on where he stands, and to stand for what he thinks is right for our country regardless of the politics. … You can count on John McCain to be what he is naturally–a restless reformer who will clean up Washington and get our government working again for all of the American people.”  Appealing to everybody as a whole, which in itself appeals to moderates – he’s doing a good job, a bit redundant, but a good job.

“So tonight, I want to ask you, whether you are an independent, a Reagan Democrat, a Clinton Democrat, or just a plain old Democrat, this year, when you vote for President, vote for the person you believe is best for our country, not for the party you happen to belong to.”  A great quote again – and that appeals to almost every Lieberman fan out there.  And that’s something that EVERYBODY should do in EVERY election – dont’ vote for the party!  Vote for the PERSON!

He’s saying, vote for McCain, because he’s always put America first.  “My friends, I appeal to Democrats, independents, and Republicans.  Let’s come together this November to make a great Ameraican patriot, John McCain, our next great President.  Thank you.  God bless you, and God bless America.”

And there you have it.  Joe Lieberman’s speech, mainly targetted at Democrats and Independents, since, obviously, he’s not going to sway many Republicans who haven’t already been swayed.

Overall, I liked it, but it was kinda redundant.  Like President Bush’s, I’ll give this one an 8/10.

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Analysis of President George Bush’s Speech to the RNC

September 3, 2008

Alright, I know this isn’t live, but I got stuck in a meeting, so here’s my analysis of George Bush’s speech:

We’ve got Laura Bush talking right now, introducing her husband, President Bush.

President Bush comes on screen, from the White House.  He’s talking about Hurricane Gustav, saying that it’s good that the damage wasn’t as bad as we feared it could be, and thanked the Governors of the states in  that region, and thanked volunteers.

“I want to share some thoughts about our nominee–a great American, and the next President of the United States, John McCain.”

Now he’s saying hello to his parents, who are at the convention.

He’s talking about knowing what it takes to be President and detailing stuff he’s done in and out of the Oval Office, from viewing reports to going overseas.

“John McCain’s life has prepared him to make those choices.  He is ready to lead this nation.”  Good quote – showing the contrast between McCain and Obama, who the McCain camp is painting as not ready to lead.

You can tell he must be in a hurry.  He’s cutting the audience off as they cheer, and they seem to be getting the hint that this speech can’t go too long.

Now he’s detailing McCain being looked up to in the Navy, and him making good choices there.

“As an elected public servant, he earned the respect of colleagues of both parties, as a man to follow when there’s a tough call to make.  John McCain’s life is a story of service above self.  40 years ago in an enemy prison camp, Lt. Commander McCain was offered release ahead of others who had been held longer.  His wounds were so severe, that anyone would’ve understood if he had accepted.  John refused.  For that selfless decision, he suffered nearly 5 more beatings and isolation.  When he was released, his arms had been broken, but not his honor.”  And that got a huge response from the crowd.

“Fellow citizens, if the Hanoi Hilton could not break John McCain’s resolve to do what is best for his country, you can be sure the angry left never will.”  That’s a great quote.  And Cindy McCain looks both so happy and so proud.

“John has the heart of a protector.”  And that’s a good contrast from showing him as a tough war hero to also a loving dad (he had been talking about the McCains as parents).

“John is a leader who knows that human life is fragile–that human life is precious–that human life must be defended.”  And again, Cindy looks so proud.

“John is a steadfast opponent of wasteful spending.”  And that one of the things I love about McCain, is his completely anti-pork stance.

Now he’s talking about keeping tax relief permanent, and investing in energy technologies and lifting the ban off of offshore drilling.

“John is an independent man, who thinks for himself.  He’s not afraid to tell you when he disagrees–believe me, I know!”  President Bush’s face and mannerismsthere were pretty funny, and that got a pretty good laugh out of the crowd, but he makes a good point.  McCain has been willing to stand up for what he believes, something that’s not seen too often in politics, especially when standing up for what you believe means disagreeing with a President who’s a member of your own party.

“No matter what the issue, this man is honest and speaks straight from the heart.”  Basically saying what I just said.

Now he’s talking about the Democrats cutting funding for Iraq, Bush talking about using a surge of troops and McCain backing that decision.  And Cindy, again, looks so happy and proud.  And McCain was right, the surge worked!

“Some told him that his early and consistent call for more troops would put his presidential campaign at risk.  He told them that he would rather lose an election than see his country lose a war–that is the kind of courage and vision we need in our next commander and chief.”  A great quote from McCain, and great use of it by Bush.

Talking about needing a President who will “stay on the offense” after September 11th.  “The man we need is John McCain.”  Talking about terrorism, and keeping terrorist attacks from happening again.

“When he takes office next January, John will have an outstanding leader at his side.  America will have a strong and principled Vice President in the Governor of the great state of Alaska, Sarah Palin.”  And it’s good to show that Bush supports Palin as well.

“Americans have always lived on the sunrise side of the mountain.  We are a nation that looks to the new day with confidence and optimism.  And I’m optimistic about our future, because I believe in the goodness and wisdom of the American people.  I’m optimistic becauseI have faith in freedom’s power to lift up all of God’s children and lead this world to a future of peace.  And I am optimistic about something else.  When the debates have ended, and all the ads have run, and it is time to vote, Americans will look closely at the judgment, the experience, and the policies of the candidates, and they will cast their ballots for the McCain/Palin ticket.”  A lot of good quotes there.  It’s basically taking the complete opposite imagery of what the Democrats have been painting – that Bush has lead us into this dark and gloomy time of American history.  Bush then comes and says that we’re liek a sunrise, and that things are going to get better with McCain.  He’s not trying to defend his Presidency, his focus is on McCain and that McCain is going to lead us through the hard times.

“Though I’m not with you in the Twin Cities on this wonderful night for our party, with Laura Bush speaking, you have clearly traded up.”  Talking about Laura.  “Laura has been a fantastic First Lady.  Thank you Laura, and thanksto all of you in the hall tonight.  God bless you, and God bless America.”

And there you have it – George Bush’s speech.  It wasn’t a GREAT speech, but it was a pretty good speech (actually better than what I figured it’d be for a Bush speech).  He got the party energized, and took people from being in this sad mood of the Hurricane into a happier mood.  He emphasized that McCain is our nominee and that he’s proud that he’s our nominee.  He’s said that Sarah Palin is a great running mate, and he seems genuinly optimistic about November.

Overall, I’d give that speech an 8/10.

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Republican National Convention May Be Postponed Due to Hurricane Gustav

August 29, 2008

There are now rumors flying around that the Republican Party may postpone the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul, because of Tropical Storm Gustav, which is headed toward the Gulf Coast (possibly New Orleans, but almost certainly somewhere in Louisiana), and will most likely be a hurricane by the end of this week (as of now, the National Hurricane Center is saying Category 1 or 2).

Not only would this create a problem for the party, due to a some speakers being unavailable (President Bush, Governor Bobby Jindal [R-LA], and others), but it would also look bad to see news stories about Republicans celebrating and people dying and having homes destroyed in a hurricane.

Although the media would just naturally have to report both stories, and people would correlate this situation with Hurricane Katrina, I hope that Obama (or other Democrats) wouldn’t attack McCain (or Republicans as a whole) for not postponing the convention (ultimately it’s not his choice), because that would be extremely low.  Conventions can’t be postponed because of a natural disaster, and  hurricanes are a common thing in the month of August.  The Democrats wouldn’t have postponed it, but the whole Katrina fiasco (which was actually more of Ray Nagin and Governor Kathleen Blanco’s fault than Bush’s) would seem to be replayed here.

Matt Burns, a spokesman for the RNC told reporters on Tuesday, “We are planning for our convention to open on Monday.  Like all Americans, we are monitoring the situation closely in the Gulf.”

An anonymous GOP official told reporters, “You would have to dramatically change the nature of what you do. Much less partisan. Much less political.  Otherwise, it’s the elephant in the room.”

There is also one other possible reason that the convention would be postponed: Bobby Jindal getting the pick for running mate.  Although unlikely, his name has been tossed in the hat of possible picks.  I won’t be surprised if rumors of a postponement will make his Intrade stock scores take a jump later on today as this story gets picked up by the mainstream media.

However, I have also heard that it would be political gold if Jindal was picked and then left the convention to go back to Louisiana.

Personally, I still think Mitt Romney (R-MA), but maybe Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) will be the choice.

I’ll keep you updated as this situation continues.

Done Reporting,

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Live Analysis of Barack Obama’s Acceptance Speech at the DNC

August 28, 2008

Alright, I’ll now be doing my last live blog of the DNC, Barack Obama’s acceptance speech:

Video’s starting.  Talking about his grandparents (the white ones), and him being born.  Talking about him going to school, college, then moving to Chicago.

Talking about him meeting Michelle.  Talking about him becoming an Illinois state Senator.

Talking about him move  up to the U.S. Senate.  Talking about his ethics reform bill.

Talking about his mother passing away.

Now talking about the start of Obama’s campaign.

And Barack has entered the stage.  The crowd loves him.  And some girl’s crying – that’s a little over the top.

“With profound gratitude … I accept your nomination for President of the United States.”  There you go, he’s officially the Democratic nominee.

And I just got interrupted – something about thanking Hillary.

Thanking Bill for his speech last night.  And he just thanked Joe Biden for being his running mate.

And thank you to his family and Michelle.

Talking about being at war, “the economy’s in turmoil,” and other struggles.  Talking about not being able to afford credit card bills – WELL THEN DON’T BUY WHAT YOU CAN’T AFFORD!  Blaming it all on “the failed policies of George W. Bush.”  Because it’s all Bush’s fault.

“America, we are better than these 8 last years.  We are a better country than this.”

“The same party that brought you 2 terms of George Bush and Dick Cheney, will ask you for a 3rd” – McCain really isn’t like Bush, but it’s good for them to compare McCain to Bush.

Talking about McCain’s service and that “we owe him our gratitude and respect.”  Talking about McCain voting with Bush for 90% of the time.  Didn’t they say 95% last night?  That’s not too consistent.

Talking about health care, education, and the economy, “Senator McCain has been anything but independent.”  Again, it’s good for them to compare him to Bush.  Talking about his economic plan writer and that we are “suffering from a mental recession … and a nation of whiners.”

Talking about soldiers complaining about the Bush administration.  That’s only a minority of them though.

Now he’s talking about tax breaks, and that McCain’s tax cuts for big business and rich people will hurt the economy.  Well, he’ll cut taxes for the middle class, and cut SPENDING!

“Out of work, tough luck, you’re on your own” – Obama said is McCain’s plan.  “Pull yourself up by your bootstraps.  If you don’t have boots, you’re on your own.”  OK, that was a clever line.  He’s doing a good job talking about the economy.

He’s running to help fix the economy.  Talking about veterans coming back from Iraq.  Talking about a student who works a night shift, so he can pay for college.  Talking about a worker whose factory was shut down.  Talking about difficulties in starting their own business.

“We have obligations to treat each other with dignity and respect. … The economy should reward drive and growth.”  THEN LET THE ECONOMY RUN ITS COURSE!

“Let me spell out exactly what that change would mean if I am President: Change means that (couldn’t hear it) doesn’t reward the business who wrote it, but the workers who deserve it.”  Appealing to workers – good.

“I will cut taxes for 95% of all working families” – so is he going to give a tax break to everybody except the top 5% of the country?  I can guarantee you that that is NOT his plan.

“Now is the time to end this addiction [to foreign oil].”

“As President … I will invest in clean coal technologies, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power.”  I like the nuclear part!  We need to have a LOT more nuclear power plants.

Talking about cleaner cars and making them more affordable.  “An investment that will lead to new industries and pay well.”

“America, now is not the time for small plans.  Now is the time to meet our moral obligation, to provide every child with a world class education, because it will take nothing less to compete in the global economy.”  OK,  sure everybody needs a good economy, but that’s something the states need to fix, not the federal government.

“If you commit to serving your community for your country, we will ensure you can afford college.”  What’s that supposed to mean?  That’s a pretty BROAD statement.

Talking about health care, and giving people the same plan as the one that Congress has.

“Stop those companies from discriminating those who are sick … those who need it most. … Now is the time to help families with paid sick days and paid leave.”

“Now is the time to change bankruptcy laws to protect those with pensions.”  OK, that I’ll agree with.

Talking about equal pay for men and women.

Talking about parents “to provide guidance and love for their children.  Individual responsibility and mutual responsibility.  That is the essence of America’s promise.”  OK, that’s good – individuals need to be responsible, but that applies to EVERYTHING, including health care and economic issues.

Talking about McCain having a debate about judgment.

“I stood up and opposed this war [Iraq], knowing it would distract us from the real threats.”

“You know, John McCain says he will follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of hell, but he won’t even follow him to the caves where he lives.”  Bull crap.  McCain has made it clear that his number ONE goal is to capture Osama.

“John McCain stands alone in” defending this war – how the heck does he stand alone?  Our troops support the war, as does about half of the Senate and House!

The Democrats will restore the legacy that America once had – you mean, the legacy that we help countries who need it?

“I will end this war in Iraq responsibly, and finish the fight against Al Qaeda, and Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.”

“I will build new partnerships to defeat” the threats we face.  He says this, but he’s changed his policy on Iraq how many times now?

“These are the policies I will pursue, and we can afford debating them with John McCain.”  Then agree to a debate!

“These times are too serious.”

“I love this country, and so do you, and so does John McCain.”  That I can agree with.

The troops “have not served a red America, or a blue America.  They have served the United States of America.”  That was a GREAT line, and the crowd exploded.  That was a really great (and true) line.

“So I’ve got news for you John McCain: We all put our country first.”  Well, I’ve talked with people, and I know that’s not true.

“We don’t agree on abortion, but surely we can agree on reducing” abortions.  Bull crap.  End abortion, don’t just try to lower it.

Talking about guns, but I missed what he said.

Talking about gays being able to visit loved ones in hospitalized.  I agree with that, but that’s about the only right I think they should have that they don’t already.  (Marriage benefits are a PRIVILEGE, not a right – such as tax breaks, etc….).

“If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone you should run from.”  Since you’ve voted present so many times and missed so many votes, are you talking about yourself?

“I realize that I’m not the likeliest candidate for this office.  I don’t fit the typical pedigree.”  So he’s just brought race into it?

“It’s not about me.  It’s about you.  It’s about you.  For 18 long months, you have stood up 1 by 1 and said enough to the politics of the past. … You have shown … that the chang we need doesn’t come FROM Washington, the change we need comes TO Washington.”  Well, then it must not be you, because you’re FROM Washington!

“I believe that as hard as it will be, the change is coming.”

Talking about giving better care to veterans – good, and keeping nukes out of our enemies hands – sure you will.

Talking about “Republicans who never thought they’d pick up a Democratic ballot, but they did.”  TRAITORS!

“You know, this country of ours has more wealth than any other nation…  We have the most powerful military on earth, but that’s not what makes us strong.”

“That promise is our greatest inheritance – the promise I make to my daughters when I tuck them in to bed. … The promise that led workers to picket lines … and women to vote.”  I missed what he said, but he tied it all in to Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech.

“America, we cannot turn back. … Not with so many children to educate. … Not with an economy to fix. … America we cannot turn back.  We cannot walk alone.”  Something about the promise – I couldn’t keep up with him.

“Thank you, God bless you and God bless the United States of America.”

And there you have it.  Honestly, I didn’t think it was THAT great.  It was good, but compared to Clinton’s and Biden’s, it wasn’t that good.  I’d give it a 7.5-8 out of 10.

He talked a LOT more about issues, which was his job, instead of getting people fired up, but it didn’t seem as charismatic as he could’ve been.  Perhaps it was that he was tired, but it wasn’t his best.

Done Analyzing,

Ranting Republican
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