Four years ago I thought I had witnessed the most combative attack dog speech I would see for many years, when Senator Zell Miller unleashed his fiery wrath upon the Democrat party at the RNC. Looks like I was wrong.
It began last night with President George W. Bush, with whom many Americans have qualms, endorsing McCain as being “ready” for the job. The President then proceeded to take a jab at the Democrats, “Fellow citizens: 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.”
Pretty tame in the grand scheme of things, however I was not expecting such a combative statement so early on in the convention given the parameters McCain has ran his campaign in. This was to only be the start of something, because shortly after Senator Fred Thompson emerged on the stage.
And in mere thirty or so minutes, Fred ripped into the outlandish coverage of Palin, invalidated Obama’s tax plan, and threw more punches at the left than I could keep up with. Here are a few of my more cherished quotations and quips:
“To deal with these challenges the Democrats present a history making nominee for president.
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.
History making because it’s the least accomplished and most unpopular Congress in our nation’s history. “
“Now our opponents tell you not to worry about their tax increases.
They tell you they are not going to tax your family.
No, they’re just going to tax “businesses”! So unless you buy something from a “business”, like groceries or clothes or gasoline … or unless you get a paycheck from a big or a small “business”, don’t worry … it’s not going to affect you.
They say they are not going to take any water out of your side of the bucket, just the “other” side of the bucket! That’s their idea of tax reform.”
“We need a President, and Vice President, who will take the federal bureaucracy by the scruff of the neck and give it a good shaking.
And we need a President who doesn’t think that the protection of the unborn or a newly born baby is above his pay grade.”
Had Fred issued declarations like this during the primary, I feel that he would have been speaking on Thursday night accepting the nomination rather than McCain. I digress, that is neither here nor now. Senator Thompson did stand up for Palin like only a true Southern Gentlemen could. He did so rightly as the media coverage of Palin has been the most ludicrous display of ignorance since Justice Thomas was confirmed.
The vast majority of the attacks are coming from the media, you know the one that is supposed to have no bias? If they truly had no bias, every sentence last week would have included at least one mention of Hunter Biden – ‘Scrappy’ Joe’s lobbyist son. But instead we get treated to the inquisition of Sarah Palin about her daughter’s mistakes. Dick Cheney didn’t get this kind of coverage, and his daughter was a lesbian – and last time I checked there are more children born to unwed mothers than there are lesbians.
If you can honestly say you do not believe Palin is being scrutinized harsher than others have been, that are men, then you need your head examined.
I digress, the fireworks were not only on the stage; MSNBC had the audacity to question Newt Gingrich about Palin’s credentials on the floor – he proceeded to shut their reporter up. If you haven’t seen it, I suggest you check it out.
Palin’s speech is tonight, and overall tonight is packed with big speakers. It’s going to be exciting. I just hope General Rick Goddard gets worked back into the rotation as he could use the publicity.