Thursday, September 4, 2008

Live-blogged McCain speech

I attempted to live-blog McCain's speech tonight.
  • McCain refers to 9/11. Here we go again. This might set the tone. I hope not.
  • USA! USA! USA!
  • BTW, my wife Cindy is a Saint. But tasteful recognition of his mother.
  • Very slow start to a speech I am getting bored.
  • We are dedicated to proposition ... Quotes Lincoln's Gettysburg address. Lincoln freed the slaves. Then pays respect to Obama's achievement -- not even a pause before he adds "But we will win."
  • Prosperity and peace. -- Good to know he wants peace.
  • USA! USA! USA! What is this a football game? Inappropriate cheering.
  • "Americans struggling to put food on table. "
  • USA! USA! -- how is this jingoistic display an appropriate response to economic problems? Shows supporters' level of mental development.
  • Cindy takes on special interests, wonderful mother of 5 children. Ran a small business (the car wash).
  • I'm still waiting for the speech to begin. It is so slow moving.
  • To the me first crowd, change is coming! Big strained smile.
  • I don't have habit of breaking promises.
  • I fought drug companies, tobacco, trial lawyers, etc. Fought for more troop in Iraq when not popular thing to do.
  • (Speech is getting better)
  • Spoke to soon. "I said I'd rather lose an election than see my country lose a war." -- His old insinuation that Obama is unpatriotic.
  • List of ordinary people he fights for. Stories. I will take a nap here. McCain says these people matter to him. Honors war dead.
  • Speech moves so slowly.
  • "We lost trust when Republicans gave into temptation. Both parties made government bigger. Both parties pass oil corporate welfare. We valued power over our principles. " Will renew Republican Party: "Back to basics." Party of Lincoln. We believe: in low taxes, risk takers, defense, faith, service, Culture of Life, rule of law,
  • Government should enable choice-making, opportunity.
  • My opponent will raise taxes . . .
  • Boooo! Boooo!
  • Cut biz taxes. 2nd highest in world. (Good line, but mostly because government puts healthcare cost onto businesses.)
  • Opponent will bring back old jobs, we find new jobs for them "jobs that won't go away." Easier said than done.
  • Payment for retraining workers, new employment at a decent wage (note: not same wage).
  • This is so boring. I've heard this crap for years from this Party.
  • Public education: boot the lousy teachers. School choice. "Obama says schools should answer to bureaucrats. But I want schools to answer to parents and students." -- I like this line (for the fact he included students). "and when I'm president they will."
  • Says foreign aid won't go to countries that don't like us very much.
  • USA! USA!
  • Energy . . . Wells -- we'll drill them now.
  • Foreign policy section: Al Quaeda still a threat. Iran terror sponsor.
  • Russia ambitions of "reassembling the Russian Empire. People of Georgia need our solidarity and our prayers." Will work to establish good relations with Russia. Won't tolerate "international lawlessness." We face many threats, but I'm not afraid of them, I'm prepared for them. I know how military works. What it can do. I know how world works. Good and evil in it. How to work with leaders. How to stand up to those who don't (work with us). I know how to secure the peace.
  • Vietnam section. I hate war. I am running for Pres. to keep other families from sending kids to war. Will work toward stable and enduring peace.
  • This was a good section of the speech. He's in his element talking war and peace.
  • We must change way government does almost everything. -- Fine. How?
  • "I have scars to prove (my record), Sen. Obama does not." Tacky.
  • It's not such a bad speech. Too bad he lost all credibility by picking Palin.
  • War stories coming.
  • "History has anointed me to save my country in its hour of need." Oh really? I don't like this historical destiny stuff.
  • Make country better if you don't like it. Fight with me! Fight for what's right with our country! Fight for our children's future! Stand up for each other! Stand up and fight! Nothing is inevitable here! We are Americans, we never hide from history! We make history!
  • Thank you and God bless you and God bless America.
  • Great finish to the speech. Truly a flourish at the conclusion. But wrong crowd. These people he is addressing are not so noble or high minded as McCain. Kind of tragic when you think about it. The last good Caesar.
Update: the ill-timed chanting of USA! USA! was actually an effort to drown out hecklers.

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