I sat down and watched the RNC on DVR last night the same way I did the DNC last week.
And as a brawler, that's what I have been waiting for!
No one does kneecapping like the Republican Party. Something I have always been jealous of, I wish my party could veil itself in 'values' and then rip people apart.
Let me start with Sarah Palin.
I thought she gave an excellent speech. Her delivery was much smoother than I expected considering the short time she had to prepare. Unlike my guy Joe Biden, she didn't step on any lines either and got the maximum bang for her buck. It was a skillful speech, and I think she touted the positives of her experience very well.
To steal a Republican talking point, it was an impressive performance from a young, eloquent, and engaging figure.
The issue I had with her and for the entire night was the snide and nasty nature of the evening.
The Republicans are crying sexism and elitism for any critique of Palin which is good strategy. A good strategy until you turn the night into a character assassination of your opponent.
When you fire away like they did you better be prepared to take return fire.
And for the record, if every attack against Palin is sexist, then wouldn't it be fair to call the demeaning of Barack Obama racist?
Let's open up the record of Sarah Palin. Obama has been through the ringer of debates and interviews since he won the Primary in Illinois in 2004. We have made decisions on him as a nation. Some worship him, some are not sold on him, and some hate him. There are many other views people have of him positive and negative.
Digging into her history is what the media is supposed to do. This is what the Republicans wanted the media and a special prosecutor to do to Bill Clinton.
As Obama has stated and I echoed yesterday, going after her family should be off limits. Yet her statements in favor of things like 'The Bridge to Nowhere' before she was against it, is fair game. Her leaving Wasilla $22million in the hole as Mayor is fair game.
If they are so enamored with her, they should say 'bring it on'.
This is the Vice Presidency, the person who could become President!
We should know where she stands.
We should know where she came from and what she believes.
Blaming the media is just an old political trick. Democrats know this trick better than most, as my buddies, the Clinton's, perfected it. Yet the media is supposed to dig and let's be honest, as a nation very few of us know much about Sarah Palin.
There are two questions that have to be asked though after the past couple nights.
First, when is a Republican going to say by their logic, Sarah Palin has more 'executive experience' than John McCain?
Second, when is a Republican going to mention George W. Bush? They bumped the President out of prime time for Joe Lieberman and I didn't hear Palin say Bush once.
Negativity works in politics, but last night flashed back to Palin's political hero, Pat Buchanan. His legendary hateful 1992 speech was what flashed through my mind with Giuliani. Having him go that negative before her was a bad move. I had 20 texts from friends and family, Republicans and Democrats, who said they changed the channel.
To have Palin follow with condescension against a profession I guess we are supposed to mock now, 'community organizers', was overkill.
In the end it will fire up both bases and turn off the moderate voters.
But that was the point of the Palin nomination. It isn't the Hillary voters, it was done to appeal to the Evangelical voters.
The Dems spent their Convention drawing differences to John McCain, but overall went out of their way to be respectful to his service. The 'values' of the Republicans have thus far not included similar respect towards the careers of Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
So it is feeling a lot like more of the same after all?