McCain's Speech Tonight

I have to confess that I only listened to his speech (I am staying at a professor's house here in Clemson and I couldn't figure out how to get his TV to work), so possibly it came off better if one could see it, but I found large portions of the talk boring. The list of couples that he wanted to help in different parts of the country seemed to be meaningless. I am not even sure in most of those cases how he was saying that he would help them (the one exception was the military person who had died in Iraq). The notion that McCain made about we wouldn't have the bickering in Washington if politicians were there to serve the people and not their own interests, was simply silly, if romantic. The reason that there is a big battle is because so much is at stake. If you want to solve that problem, you need to make the government smaller.

On the other hand, McCain is probably the first president to so openly endorse vouchers for education. I also liked McCain's statement that he couldn't wait to introduce Palin to Washington.

McCain may not be a flashy speaker and his content may only be OK, but at least he has Palin on his team. It may be a while before her true impact becomes clear.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's highly anticipated speech at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night nearly matched the record-setting numbers of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

Palin pulled in 37.2 million viewers across broadcast and cable networks, according to Nielsen Media Research.

That's 55% higher than Day 3 of the DNC, when her Democratic counterpart, Joe Biden, and President Clinton took the stage (24 million).

It's also up a sharp 99% from the Republican convention's third day in 2004 (18.7 million) and easily bests the numbers viewers attracted by George W. Bush when he accepted the nomination (27.6 million). In fact, it came close to upsetting Obama's historic address last Thursday -- the most-watched convention speech in history (38.4 million viewers).



Blogger James said...

I had a gathering to watch it and the audience at my place thought the speech played pretty well. There were moments that could have gone better. Also, there were protesters who were shown more than once several minutes apart; did the RNC only settle the security bill for the first three days?

I thought that the "I'm going to go and renovate the way Washington works" stuff was a little thin, myself, but there were other moments I found compelling. McCain at least does have an impressive life story and a lengthy congressional record, as opposed to Obama's de facto Marxism and increasingly blatant shiftiness.

9/05/2008 8:15 AM  
Blogger Dad29 said...

In effect, McCain reminded Conservatives of why they really don't like him.

Where in the Constitution does it state that the Feds have ANYthing to do with k-12 education, "vouchers" or other?

The only positive to this observer was his promise to cut spending.

9/05/2008 9:24 AM  
Anonymous wind river said...

Obama Resume
Organizing and other work experience
1985-1988 Director of the Developing Communities Project (DCP), a church-based community organization originally comprising eight Catholic parishes in Greater Roseland on Chicago's South Side. While director grew the DCP staff from 1 to 13 and their budget from $70,000 to $400,000.
1992 Led Chicago's Project Vote! push. This effort resulted in a record number of voter registrations, over 600,000 in Chicago.
Number of sponsored bills: 65
Number of sponsored bills passed: 0

Number of co-sponsored bills 364
Number of co-sponsored bills passed: 5

Here is his voting record. I particularly like #2 on the list. "...any effort to impose photo identification requirements for voting should be rejected."

h ttp://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d109:2:./temp/~bdWOHd::|/bss/d109query.html|

"245 people were shot and wounded in the Chicago" in 99 days.
"The South Side's Englewood District, which includes the Englewood and West Englewood neighborhoods on the city's South Side, fared the worst over the summer. A total of 14 people were shot dead there, and 48 were shot and wounded."

Obama's old hood. I like how they INCREASED voter registration by "over 600,000 in Chicago".

How corrupt is Chicago government? What is the status of the South Side of Chicago now?
Is it better? Is crime down? Is poverty down? Is drug related non crime problems down? Is the prevalence of fatherless children down?

Now that they have the power of 600,000 MORE voters, is it better now with the EXISTING "leaders" who they have elected?


9/05/2008 9:38 AM  

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