I was really, really disappointed to see at least two protesters interrupting senator McCain in the Xcel Center. That’s simply not called for. They were hastily removed, thank goodness.
How did McCain do? Well, his delivery has improved since the last speech I watched, which isn’t saying much. I’m waiting for conservative pundits to call it “electrifying” or something. In fact, it was no more than adequate, but it was an improvement.
Message? It must be hard for a Republican to run on a platform of change when his party has been in control of Washington–house, senate and presidency–for so much of the last eight years. He himself has been in Washington for that entire time. If Republicans need change, what is it that they need change from? Themselves?
The senator has an amazing biography and I was moved afresh by stories of his military service and heroism.
If Republicans are nominating a man who thinks global warming is a serious threat that needs attention, then are they finally admitting that they have been wrong all these years? What does governor Palin think? And why wasn’t senator McCain speaking up about this years ago? Inquiring minds want to know.
He parsed his words very, very carefully when discussing Obama’s tax reform proposals. He didn’t actually say that Obama was going to raise my taxes (he won’t), but he did threaten that Obama’s tax increases would kill jobs. Same old Republican duck and weave. Yawn.
Senator McCain is a good man who has served our country for many years, but he’s the wrong guy at the wrong time. He and his party have had their chance. Look where it got us: an unnecessary and poorly conducted war, an anemic economy, people losing their homes, fuel prices choking family budgets, torture, secret prisons, an erosion of our constitutional right to privacy, and a world which views us with fear and distrust rather than admiration.
With their party in decline and America so displeased with them, I guess the Republicans needed to nominate their maverick. Their only chance is to put someone forth who has the most disagreements with the party platform and leadership.
But I ask you: is real change about electing the most mavericky member of the party that’s been in charge? Or is change electing someone from cut from an entirely different cloth? Someone from the opposing party? Someone who hasn’t had a decades-long Washington career?
Like I said, change is a tough pose to strike when you and your party have controlled Washington during our nation’s precipitous decent into it’s current state.