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Republican National Convention (#110 of 5)

Notes on the RNC #5: Out of the Box

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Notes on the RNC #5: Out of the Box
Notes on the RNC #5: Out of the Box

Now that the RNC is over, my feelings about the Republican’s chances in November remain unchanged. While I’m still a John McCain man, it’s hard to see him overcoming the Obama juggernaut.

Sure, the Sarah Palin selection has jolted many Republicans back to life. Instead of slamming McCain, as they have been for months (hell, years), Conservative talk radio types like Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham are now singing his praises. One could argue that this was bound to happen anyway. But, trust me, there was a good chance that without the “Palin effect,” many of those in the GOP intelligentsia were poised to throw McCain under the bus after November and then say “I told you so.”

Notes on the RNC #3: It’s Wonk-a Vision

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Notes on the RNC #3: It’s Wonk-a Vision
Notes on the RNC #3: It’s Wonk-a Vision

Gustav’s threat seemingly over, day two of the RNC was a return to semi normalcy. For all my grousing Tuesday about the wall-to-wall coverage the hurricane received on the news channels, I was equally taken aback by how quickly things snapped back to business as usual.

Notes on the RNC #2: When You Walk Through A Storm

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Notes on the RNC #2: When You Walk Through A Storm
Notes on the RNC #2: When You Walk Through A Storm

If an opening gavel falls in the forest and no one hears it, will it provide a post- convention bounce?

Hurricane Gustav cast a long shadow over today’s RNC activities. The current meteorological event could only serve to remind everyone of the Bush Administration’s culpability (along with local authorities) in the poor handling of Katrina three years ago. As a result, the events on the first day of the RNC were anything but typical. Since, modern day nominating conventions basically just rubber stamp decisions made weeks, if not months, before by the primary elections, they are mostly ceremonial pep rallies and infomercials. However, operating in a business as usual mode under these current circumstances would be unseemly.

Notes on the RNC #1: Let The Games Begin

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Notes on the RNC #1: Let The Games Begin
Notes on the RNC #1: Let The Games Begin

Call me Ishmael.

I’ve been a McCain supporter since the 2000 GOP presidential primaries. Then, I was at odds with my Republican friends who favored the more traditional George W. My argument at the time was that McCain was the most qualified of the candidates (including Al Gore).

Two terms and a bungled Middle East excursion later, nothing has dissuaded me from that original opinion.