Isaac Kaplan

"Is it any wonder I've got too much time on my hands?"

Sunday, September 05, 2004

RNC Thoughts, Pt. 2

a) An Update, sorta: Arnold's speech ended up really growing on me. Hearing his story, the fear he had in communist Austria, hearing how he longed to be in America, it really touched me. And then, "if you believe government should be held accountable to the people, and not the other way around, then you are a Republican!" etc. was just great.

b) Many people complained that guys like Arnold were moderates and don't represent the true conservative agenda. That's wrong. First, Arnold volunteered to speak by the RNC, he wasn't even asked to. If Bush's take on abortion really ticked him off, you think he would've asked? Besides, guys like Arnold and McCain have half a brain and realize that there's more to an election than gay rights and abortion. Bush's successful positions in both national security and the economy, two issues far more important, are why these guys support Bush. At least unlike the Kerry supporters, there's actually something about Bush that they agree with and believe in. Conservatives don't have to agree on everything. On the other hand, with John Kerry and all his flip-flops, it's impossible not to agree with him.

c) Zell Miller? Best speech of the convention. I think only a Democrat can make such a speech. A Republican would've gotten ripped to shreds for attacking Kerry the way Zell did. Then again, the media was really harsh on Zell. Chris Matthews, a week after throwing Michelle Malikn off his show, gave Zell a really rough time. This guy does not deserve to be on TV. Talk about redefining "unprofessional." Then again, if you have a show on MSNBC and no one's watching, are you considered to be "on TV"?

d) Bush's speech- he got criticism for the State of the Union-esque beginning part. But I liked it. It had one thing separating him from Kerry- content. A domestic agenda. And the war stuff I've heard a million times before. Felt like that stuff went on forever. But I guess the non-existent swing voters who've been living under a rock never heard it.

e) Kerry's midnight rally. Funny how he was ranting about his 'nam service again. I guess he figured with the RNC taking away attention from the Swifties, it was safe to talk war again. But didn't Kerry say last week that he wanted to focus on the issues? Eh, add it to the list.


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