September 5, 2008

About the Republican National Convention...

I wanted to talk about the Republican National Convention today since I posed my thoughts on the DNC last week. Remember I'm not big on politics and these are just my little blurbs. I watched the coverage on PBS, so I got to see a lot.

Wow, the crowds were not quite as enthusiastic as they were at the DNC. However, they were much more festive with their attire. I just loved the elephant hats with the business suits! That really shows spunk. And, what about the guy dressed just like Abraham Lincoln? Awesome!

Generally, it seemed the crowd took their time to warm up with each speaker--except for with Giuliani and Palin. I don't know if it's just the nature of the Republican party or what.

I have to say McCain made a good choice with Sarah Palin. I liked how she presented herself and what she said. I can tell you, I'm looking forward to the debates. She's a real firecracker. I laughed when she mentioned the Greek columns going back to some prop room on a movie set (referring to the DNC stage).

Cindy McCain's presentation was fantastic. Did you notice, no notes! I never knew about all she has done. I likened her to Princess Diana.

The video presentations really felt good for me. I am more impressed now than I was prior to the RNC. John McCain's video especially got me. I knew in my head what they showed us, but it wasn't until I saw the video did a whole new respect develop for me--pictures are truly worth a thousand words.

A thought kept popping in my head while I watched some of the crowd shots. Don't they screen or search the spectators prior to letting them in? During Palin's speech a woman was escorted out and a man during McCain's. First, why did the cameraman document the incidents and the display of certian banners? I know, it's propaganda but I had to mention it. Second, I think McCain handled it very well. I guess even politicians get hecklers.

The commentators changed their tune from the DNC. It was almost like they jumped on the other side of the fence and turned Democratic from their previous Republican demure. They're reporters so I guess they can flip the coin when they choose.

One issue they pointed out with Obama's speech was he distanced himself from the crowd with the stage choice. McCain opted to redirect the stage so he would be one with the floor. The main commentator kept talking about it almost as if it was a waste of time. Come on guys, damned if you do, damned if you don't was the impression I got. I personally liked McCain's stage better.

Overall, the crowd for the Republican National Convention was just as diverse as it was for the DNC. I swear I saw Bill Clinton there crouching, speaking with one of the big guys in the box where the Palins, McCains and presenters were sitting. Perhaps I was seeing things the camera was shaking and moved away quickly.
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  1. Muse,
    Good observations. I'm sure you were seeing things (Clinton). :)

    The DNC made a bigger effort to make sure there were no contrary signs that might be picked up by cameras. They also carefully vetted attendees, because they were mainly fearing a Clinton rebellion.

    The media, of course, cooperated carefully with the Dems. I don't think there is any doubt of bias, but Palin has made the race intersting enough that for ratings, they'll play her too.

    I think adding Palin to the ticket saved McCain's bid, or at least makes it a lot more competitive. She will hold the conservative states for him. Obama had a chance of stealing Virginia, but with Palin on the ticket, that is probably by the boards now. Without at least one Southern state, Obama will find it difficult to win.

  2. Hi J.L!

    It was obvious the DNC did their bid to keep those signs out. To me that says a lot about the Republicans keeping things real...I agree about McCain adding Palin.

    Like I said, I am really looking forward to the debates.

    Take Care!

  3. You're more courageous than I am, Muse! I find I can't watch the conventions anymore (although I do enjoy the debates). I get too agitated by the things that don't really have any meaning to how the country is run!

  4. Hey Conda!

    It's not really courage. I just never paid too much attention before. For this election I want to know what it's all about so I can make a wise choice.

    To me this means watching it all from beginning to end.

    The kids hate it. Truthfully, I found myself dozing off during some of the DNC...I slept more before the RNC to prepare myself.

    Have a great weekend!

  5. Muse:

    I agree with everything you wrote, and I also agree with everything in the comment by Mr. Krueger (above). The DNC was very careful, plus they had the help of the media. The RNC basically let the chips fall and took their chances. I'm a veteran and I like McCain. And I absolutely love Palin. In fact, the more I hear her, the more I like her.

    Happy trails.

  6. Hello Swu!

    Agreed. I'm really liking her too. More and more with every thing I see.

    Have a great weekend!

  7. Hi! From an outsider looking in!
    I see Obama as another Kennedy, and like him, he appears to be a breath of fresh air. I could be wrong but that's the impression I'm getting everytime I see him out and about. Time will tell, no doubt!

    Take Care,


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