Few quick post-GOP convention thoughts...
Some folks were asking me just how the hell Michael Moore got press credentials for the convention. Well folks, ask the folks at USA Today about that. He was hired by them to be their "counter-point" person, just as the editor of The New Republic was brought in for the DNC convention. For every day that USA Today covered the conventions, they had someone doing counter-point for their editorial section.
Personally, I like the concept. I just don't know about them picking Moore for the task. Jonahs Goldberg isn't a recognized name, unless you happen to be a diehard conservative.
As I mentioned in my online broadcast, the GOP put up their usual facade, but if you picked up PBS or the cable channels, you would have seen hints of the true nature of the beast.
Senator Zell Miller's fire-and-brimstone diatribe about his own party... I noticed that the press continually made mention of the fact that he was retiring after this year. I don't know why they constantly needs to bring that up. It didn't take away from him burning those political bridges with his scathing attacks. Nor did it detract from the truthfulness of some of his words. He spelled out very plainly why he could not support his party's candidate.
Oh, and I'd pay money to have Zell get into a duel with Chris Matthews. Pistols at ten paces. Put it on Pay-Per-View and it would be the biggest selling special in history.
VP Cheney was a cool cucumber. Putting him and Zell on for the same night was about as much of a mis-match as you could make it. His words were somewhat anti-climactic as well.
Cheney made a few flubs, though.
First, the recession DID NOT START AFTER 9/11!!! The current recession started in 1998. I should know, I was the one warning people of it happening. (And you guys didn't believe me either, so shame on you!) I was also the one who was speculating that if Bush won the 2000 election that the media would be quick to announce a recession. Sure enough, not even 30 minutes into his inauguration the media was warning about a "looming recession".
Yes, 9/11 exasperated the recession, but it did not create it.
Second, Cheney made it seem like the Bush Junior tax cuts came in response to the 9/11 attacks and the recession that "followed". With all due respect, sir, the first tax cut came PRIOR to 9/11! That was the big issue following his inauguration. The second round of tax rebates came, not on Bush Junior's insistence, but because the Democrats were pushing for one.
Oh, by the way, nice to see you out of the Dick-cave. Cripes, you spent just about as much time in hiding as Saddam did before he was captured.
John Kerry was fixated on Vietnam. The GOP was fixated on 9/11. Nobody seems to be fixated on the future.
Bush Junior basically gave a State of the Union speech mixed in with a few ribs at his chief opponent. He was every bit the humble candidate that all of the previous speakers painted him to be. He also was the one to more or less take the high road and let the others give the "red meat" speeches.
There were three, possibly four, instances where people tried to disrupt Bush Junior's speech. The crowd drowned them out and security moved them out before the media knew what was happening. As I warned people in my show, this was going to be a lesson in futility. I don't even know why they bothered to try.
And what the hell was up with letting John Kerry give a rebuttal to Bush Junior's speech? Why wasn't the same courtesy given to Bush when Kerry made his speech?
Finally, despite the antics of the protesters, the GOP gave a much better infomercial. They had a relevant package that appealed to the masses much more than the DNC did. If the DNC wanted a "bounce", then they should have picked up on better themes, like FREEDOM and LIBERTY. The very things that the GOP profess to champion but actually bastardize.
Oh, and have you noticed that Kerry has STOPPED harping on Vietnam now? I guess he finally realized that we're sick and tired of that crap.