Did I Just Watch the Same Convention Speeches That the Pundits Did? [UPDATED]
Man, the pundits (even those on FOXNews) have their inside-the-beltway heads stuck so far up their arses that they don't get how well the speeches tonight played out here in flyover country. They're wringing their hands over whether tonight's speeches were effective and how they will play with the voters.
What? Are they deaf? Well, the pundits have proven themselves time and again to be at the very least politically tonedeaf.
I mean, I don't even like John McCain (bordering on detesting him), and I don't believe I've ever been more inspired by a couple of convention speeches than I was by the back-to-back speeches delivered tonight by Senators Thompson and Lieberman. I'm not going to rehash them here, but I encourage you, if you did not see them, to try to view them online (see embedded links above). They were rhetorically and substantively brilliant.
One line does stick with me from Sen. Thompson's speech. If I were the McCain campaign people, I'd put together a 30-second ad tonight and run it from now until election day with a voiceover from Sen. Thompson saying:
"My friends this is the kind of character that civilizations from the beginning of our history have sought in their leaders. Strength, courage, humility, wisdom, duty, honor. It’s pretty clear there are two questions that we’ll never have to ask ourselves: Who is this man? And can we trust this man with the presidency?"
I'm not the only one noticing. A commenter at HotAir in response to the fraud Peggy Noonan:
It is freakin’ Dawn of the Dead out there with respect to beltway “conservatives”.