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RNC: Bush, Thompson, Lieberman, Savage remarks, & drive-by media attacks September 3, 2008

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President George Bush’s approval rating hovers at thirty percent. And that’s the good news since the Congressional approval rating is about half that. Good job in that first hundred days, Pelosi, Reid, et al! There’s lots not to like about the president but I’ll leave that to CNN and MSNBC and others of their ilk or worse. What’s to like about this president is that he has kept us safe at home. That is certainly unsatisfactory to many, especially the Volvo-driving, Starbucks-sipping crowd, but it works for me. This president knows how to make sure I don’t feel threatened visiting a grocery store, restaurant, or large public venue like a sporting event or concert. There is no such assurance in the rest of the world and for that, we owe a debt of thanks to this president, even if he’s got it wrong on much of the rest of it.

Maybe his endorsement of John McCain didn’t cover the broader political landscape when he addressed delegates last night, but he covered the most important ground. he said, “We live in a dangerous world. And we need a president who understands the lessons of September 11, 2001 — that to protect America, we must stay on the offense, stop attacks before they happen, and not wait to be hit again. The man we need is John McCain.” He continued, “John is an independent man who thinks for himself. He’s not afraid to tell you when he disagrees. He told them he would rather lose an election than see his country lose a war. That is the kind of courage and vision we need in our next commander in chief.” Finally, “If the Hanoi Hilton could not break John McCain’s resolve to do what is best for his country, you can be sure the angry left never will,” Bush said. Well said, Mr. President.

Former US Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN) delivered the kind of address I’m sure his supporters wish he would have given during his own presidential campaign earlier this year. “John McCain’s bones may have been broken but his spirit never was,” he said. “Now, being a POW certainly doesn’t qualify anyone to be president. But it does reveal character. This is the kind of character that civilizations from the beginning of our history have sought in their leaders.” Aiming at Obama’s “change you can believe in” slogan, he said, “that’s character you can believe in.” And, setting McCain further apart from his liberal rival, Thompson said, “This man, John McCain is not intimidated by what the polls say or by what is politically safe or popular.”

“Senator Obama is a gifted and eloquent young man who I think can do great things for our country in the years ahead. But eloquence is no substitute for a record — not in these tough times,” US Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) said to delegates. “When others were silent, John McCain had the guts and the judgment to sound the alarm about the mistakes we were making in Iraq. When others wanted to retreat in defeat from the field of battle … when colleagues like Barack Obama were voting to cut off funding for American troops on the battlefield, John McCain had the courage to stand against the tide of public opinion, advocate the surge,” he said.

Then there’s Michael Savage in his brief essay, “Is it over for McCain?”, on the selection of Sarah Palin:

McCain did not want Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential pick. He wanted Joe Lieberman. And as insane as it sounds, even Joe Lieberman would have been a better choice than Sarah Palin. He would have been stronger on national defense. He would have been stronger on fighting Islamofascism. And for all his far-left views, he taught his daughter well enough so that she didn’t get pregnant as a teenager. But the Republican puppet masters gave Sarah Palin the nod instead. They thought women were generic. But Sarah is not Hillary to the millions of Clinton loyalists.

I disagree with Dr. Savage on many things and I can only take his radio show in small doses. But even by his standards, this agonizing over the VP selection is way beyond rational comprehension. However, it may reflect the sentiment of a group of conservatives who would have preferred former governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) for the business and executive acumen he would have brought to the table, even if he couldn’t pass certain conservative litmus tests.

I don’t believe Sarah Palin will drag down the ticket. I believe she has energized the conservative base, to the tune of about $18 million in new donations over the past weekend, and re-enfranchised (if that’s a word) those disaffected by McCain’s assent to presidential nominee.

What I don’t like is what I call “the mongol dog media attacks” like those of CNN and MSNBC and to a lesser extent ABC, CBS, and NBC. CNN is reveling in Campbell Brown’s attack on a senior McCain staffer the other day. To me, it’s more of the same from Rush Limbaugh’s so-called “drive-by media” which replaces tough questions with attack stunts meant to signal to your viewers where you are coming from and not intended to shed light on the subject at hand. Roland Martin then chastises McCain for cancelling an interview with Larry King in reaction to the shabby treatment. Funny, I didn’t hear anything from Cafferty or any of this band of liberal Kool-Aid drinkers and bed-wetters how the Democrats forbade delegates or elected officials from talking with conservative talk radio shows during their shindig last week. If that sort of thing were happening now at the RNC, you would hear about abridging free speech ad nauseum. This is why I believe they are the Communist News Network and that MSNBC has more call letters than viewers.

So, why do I watch? “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer”

– Sun-tzu. I don’t buy Chinese but I do learn from them!

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