I had every intention of watching McCain’s speech. I watched all the lead-up speeches, beginning around 8:30. Geeky Boy was watching with me. His first comment was, “Oh I see what this is all about: 9/11.” And that was when that Senator from Oklahoma was talking about the OK City bombing–something done to us by religious fanatics in our own country. After her and Tom Ridge and Cindy McCain, I just couldn’t take it any more.
I will say that the mood of the convention seemed very negative and not all that excited–a little like a DNC convention 4 years ago. Compared to the general party atmosphere that seemed to permeate the DNC last week, the RNC just didn’t seem to have the energy to do much. Maybe it was past their bedtime.
It’s been interesting to watch the “woman” issue circulate during these conventions. The Democrats had the first viable woman candidate for president, a woman who, no matter what else we may think of her, is smart and capable. Now, the Republicans, who have selected a woman of questionable qualifications as a VP candidate, are claiming all the credit for having broken the glass ceiling. On the one hand, I’ve been disgusted by hearing conservatives claim that the liberals’ statements about Palin’s inability to lead are sexist. On the other, hearing them finally say that having a woman on the ticket is necessary makes me think that we may have a chance to really break the political glass ceiling. I don’t trust any of these people, but maybe some of it is sinking in to the heartland of America.
I’ll have to catch up on McCain’s speech sometime today, but from what I’ve seen of blogger comments, it looks like it was stiff and more of the same.