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Observations on the Republican National Convention -- Day 2

September 2, 2008 - Joselyn King
At first glance, delegates at the Republican National Convention seemed a largely unenergized crowd comprised mostly of older persons in grey flannel suits waiting for death -- that is, until former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., came out to speak.

Thompson was the perfect choice to tell McCain's war story -- and while the delegates may at times have still sat dead silent, it was because they were at the edge of their seats.

Thompson explained his role was to remind the public of the character of the man he hoped would be shaping the country's character abroad.

* Democrats may have cringed to see their 2000 Democratic vice presidential candidate and current U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn, address the Republicans -- but his role seemed to be to convince Democrats and Independents why they should support McCain.

"It shouldn't take a hurricane to bring us together," Lieberman said. He added that the times didn't call for "party unity, " but rather for "national unity"-- a smack at Democratic attempts to unity their party last week behind Democratic candidate U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

Lieberman said he expects Obama to go on to achieve great things, but that he had never seen Obama "reach across the aisle" to achieve bi-partisan compromise. Lieberman said this is something he had seen McCain do many times in the Senate.

As Democrats and Republicans continue to battle in Congress, Lieberman urged Dems and Independents to consider McCain for president "because country means more than party."

* First Lady Laura Bush -- who also spoke Tuesday -- can give a really good speech when called upon to do so, but she has largely been underutilized by the Bush adminstration. Perhaps W's handlers thought his wife -- the most-popular Bush -- might just upstage him if she left the White House too much. The former librarian speaks in complete sentences, you know.


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