As I predicted, I wasn't able to sit through the RNC speakers in their entirety. I turned at the opening remarks of Arnold ... The voice ... The macho Hollywood quips ... NOT!
Laura bored me to tears and the Bush twins did a Bevis and Butthead (or was it Paris and Nicole?) routine that sucked.
I wanted to take some of the marbles out of Rod Paige's mouth and throw them at him.
But, I did try to watch someone I hadn't seen before. I guess he was supposed to be the Republicans' answer to Obama. Well, Maryland's Lt. Governor, Michael Steele, was not
close so no cigar! I know this is petty, but I was so distracted by how disproportionately small his head seemed compared to his broad frame that I don't know what he talked about. I know there was the typical story about some family matriarch who was a rag-headed washer woman but still managed to send her kids to parochial school ... yada yada ... (John Edwards is the son of a mill worker ... hard work and perserverance are not partisan traits).
Anyhow, I found a summary of Steele's remarks
that pretty much says what I would have said ... had I continued to watch:
"The wisest line of the Democratic convention came from Bill Clinton: 'Strength and wisdom are not opposing values.' The wisest line of the Republican convention so far has come from Steele: 'Hope is not a strategy.' Pressing this theme, Steele shredded the piety so many liberals mistake for good policy: 'Hope doesn't protect you from terrorists. Hope doesn't lower your taxes. Hope doesn't help you buy a home. And hope doesn't ensure quality education for your children. ... It's results that matter.'
Great point. Unfortunately, it left Steele in the awkward position of trying to explain why, if results matter more than hope does, we should vote for a president who's running on hope and lousy results. So Steele touted Bush's tax cuts as a benefit in their own right, glossing over their failure as economic policy and their tiny benefit to the folks he was appealing to. I nodded when Steele said government's job was to 'give us the tools we need and then get out of the way and let us put our hopes into action.' But that was Bill Clinton's philosophy, too, and he gave us much better results than Bush has."
Dick Cheney is up tonight! I think we already know that, more than likely, I'll be touching that dial on him! (Okay, TV's don't have dials anymore but I feel like this administration is trying to drag us back to the 50s so ...).