Friday, September 05, 2008

The RNC Convenes

Now that the Republican National Convention is over, here's my thoughts.

McCain's acceptance speech: rather underwhelming. The pundits point out he offered no new policies, and instead, simply rehashed typical Republican policies. Points to Obama-Biden, who will use this to reinforce their claim that McCain is running for Bush's third term. I did however see for the first time tonight, McCain truly open up about his Viet Nam experiences in a way that came off humbling. He didn't mention the part where after he was forced into "confessing" to various war crimes (like bombing a school), that he had tried in vane to commit suicide. Maybe that would have been too deep to take for the electorate.

Sarah Palin: it seems as though her acceptance speech outshown the Presidential nominee. It's as if to say the only reason conservative activists are getting excited about the ticket is because it's more Palin than McCain.

Sidenote: if Palin's detractors are going to criticize her supposed lack of experience as a Mayor and Governor, the Democrats have no reason to throw tantrums over her deflecting that criticism into Senator Obama's community organizing experience. There is nothing wrong with getting involved with the community years back when Obama did and worked to make a difference in people's lives. But don't tell me that the work Palin did and does doesn't qualify as experience. Being a mayor is no part-time job; there are many things at stake, even in a small town like Wasilla, Alaska. It also means setting actual policies that affect people's lives, networking and conferencing with other municipalities for regional cooperation in order to meet challenges with greater resources, making decisions, and being held accountable for them. I say if one's community organizing is their sacred cow, then one's actual executive experience (which she has more than both of her rivals on the opposing ticket) should only be left to reasonable criticism about her preferences in policy.

Second sidenote: Unless you have definitive, and I mean D-E-F-I-N-I-T-I-V-E proof that Trig, the 4-month-old baby with Down's Syndrome is not Sarah Palin's and is in fact her oldest daughter Bristol's, then either put up or shut up. It's one thing to criticize a policy about abstinence sex ed (which I do not support), but to use alleged "proof" like a slight bump in Bristol's stomach, and a not-so-visible bump in Sarah Palin's stomach is not enough to throw around meaningless accusations. If she were to have faked a pregnancy for the sake of concealing that Bristol is in her 2nd pregnancy, this would have required a fantastic amount of talent to silence dozens of people in to not saying anything. No nurses, doctors, aides, staffers, disgruntled relatives, no nothing. If it's true, Sarah Palin will pay a price for her lying and covering up. But the burden of proof rests upon the accuser, not the accused.

Rudy Giuliani: a team player? Definitely hitting back hard at Obama Wednesday night.

I didn't get to see much of the convention, what with working two full-time jobs. I don't think the GOP had as good a convention as the Democrats. They needed a good convention for McCain to get a solid bounce out of it. I think he'll get a bounce, but I don't know how much. It's been my assessment that McCain needs two things to win the general election: a good convention, and an even better showing in the debates. At this point, it's all up to the debates next month.

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