I am waiting on pins and needles for Sarah Palin's speech tonight to the RNC. I hope she knocks this speech out of the park, what is amazing to me is that Sarah Palin can be the most important VP selection since Richard Nixon was selected as Eisenhower's running mate to solidify the conservative voters behind Ike. Voters actually care about what she has to say (unlike Dick Cheney, Al Gore, Jack Kemp, and Dan Quayle). More than that voters actually care about her addition to the ticket...just look at how she has energized the Republican base. Folks who could not care less about John McCain are now stridently supporting him, she has invigorated pro-life advocates, gun-rights supporters, energy worrywarts, and the Christian right into actually working to getting McCain elected. McCain's campaign was a listless monolith prior to the naming of Palin as VP, today the Republican party is an exhilarated juggernaut with a course towards victory in November.
I love listening to Fred Thompson talk, that man can spin a yarn...and his speech last night was PERFECT. He laid out the American story of John McCain, and why after all these years McCain is the candidate you can trust to always keep America's best interests at the forefront of all of his decisions. A couple of highlights from Thompson's speech:
"Democrats present a history making nominee for president," Thompson told the cheering crowd. "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," he continued in the prime-time speech. "History making because it's the least accomplished and most unpopular Congress in our nation's history." - from CNN.com
Senator Lieberman's speech was also good. I am not one for the Kumbaya mentality of bi-partisanship but I thought that Lieberman laid out an argument that should win over intellectually honest independents who are looking for change in the status quo. McCain is obviously the more moderate of the two candidates, and he has been willing to poke a finger in the eye of the Republican establishment on numerous occasions. Barrack Obama is a party man. He never votes against the liberal wing of the Democrat Party, and on the odd occasion he has teamed with a Republican it has been for subjects everyone could agree on. (From CNN.com - "Gibbs cited Obama's work with Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists and with Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, on the government budget.")
John McCain has long been the Democrats favorite Republican (lest we forget the 2004 speculation that McCain would be John Kerry's VP nominee), and only now are they turning on him. I thought Lieberman's speech was important for another reason. This is not Zell Miller who spoke to the convention last night (Miller was a former Democrat who supported President Bush and spoke at the 2004 RNC but was a conservative Democrat who is no longer a Democrat), this was Joe Lieberman the Democrat VP candidate from 2000 who still agrees with the Democrat Party on 98% of the political issues. This is a man who just sacrificed his political career to support a man he truly believes needs to be the next President of the USA.
* A nice intro piece to who Sarah Palin is.
* McCain campaign missteps by dissing Phyllis Schlafly.
* Obama's tax plan.
*This from Neal Boortz:
THE LATEST FROM PHIL GRAMM
The liberals already getting bent out of shape about this quote from Phil Gramm at the Republican National Convention ... "If you're sitting here today, you're not economically illiterate and you're not a whiner, so I'm not worried about who you're going to vote for."
So here is the headline for Democrats: "If you're not for John McCain you're economically illiterate." Actually that is pretty close to the truth. Anyone with an ounce of economic understanding would recognize that Obama's tax policies will be crippling to our economy. If your economic understand doesn't go beyond "That guy has more money that I do and I want some of it," then you are certainly a typical Obama supporter. On the Obama side we have people who couldn't tell you the difference between a profit and a profit margin if their lives depended on it ... and who couldn't write a cogent paragraph on the concept of supply and demand. If you told them that prices are the means by which a free economy allocates scarce resources they would stare at you with their mouths hanging open – uncomprehending brook trout.
How dare anyone accuse someone who is ignorant of being ignorant?
Phil Gramm is an economist. He taught economics at Texas A&M. He knows of what he speaks on this one.
* Apparently there can be deleterious effects from the use of cannabis (marijuana). Strange, I was sure that for years people have been saying that smoking marijuana was not that bad for you? If you are to lazy to read the post because you are smoking pot...the basic gist is this; Amy Winehouse may have brain damage due to a pot smoking binge.