Tuesday, September 2, 2008

God Bless America!

It is very hard to write an adequate description of a convention session. There is so much that happens. Every moment is filled almost beyond what you can absorb. Definite sensory overload.

I will say it that it would make you so proud to be here. To hear bold and unapologetic expressions of patriotism celebrating our great country, to feel the amazing political energy. I am completely overwhelmed at this incredible opportunity and experience.

Service was the theme, and our evening was designed to showcase stories of incredible bravery and extraordinary service to our country.

And then came a little "red meat".

Fred Thompson led it off by reminded us that "we live in the freest, strongest, most generous and prosperous nation in the history of the world", and how thankful we should be for that.

He described McCain "character has been tested like no other presidential candidate in the history of this nation."

Of Palin, he described her as being "from a small town, with small town values", and then added "give me a tough Alaskan Governor who has taken on the political establishment in the largest state in the Union -- and won -- over the beltway business-as-usual crowd any day of the week."

My favorite Thompson line: "the Democrats present a history making nominee for president. History making in that he is the most liberal, most inexperienced nominee to ever run for President. Apparently they believe that he would match up well with the history making, Democrat controlled Congress. History making because it's the least accomplished and most unpopular Congress in our nation's history."

He was followed by Democrat Senator Joe Lieberman.

Lieberman stated that he was here to support John McCain because country matters more than party. He talked about "rising above the smallness of our politics to get big things done for our country and our people".

He described Senator Obama as "a gifted and eloquent young man who can do great things for our country in the years ahead" but that "eloquence is no substitute for a record."

And he challenged that "in the Senate he (Obama)has not reached across party lines to get anything significant done, nor has he been willing to take on powerful interest groups in the Democratic Party."

During the Lieberman speech I had the privilege of being a guest in the Republican National Committeeman's private suite thanks to my State Committeeman Jeff Kent. What an honor.

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