Skattershooting After the
Republican National Convention (8/4/00)
Skattershooting about the Republican
Barry Green is the District Attorney
for the 271st Judicial District.
Laura Bush did a pretty good job
speaking on the first night of the convention. The only awkward moment
came when she pronounced the silent "g" in the word "poignant" in her speech
which centered around education. Heck, I would have been so nervous that
I would have stumbled over the "p".
During the opening applause, Ms.
Bush looks to her right, appears to recognize a couple of people, and says
Jerry. Hey, Grant." Do you think she was coached to do that in order
to give the appearance of being "at ease"?
In an effort to appear diverse,
the Convention brought in a gospel singing group to entertain on night
number one. There's nothing quite like watching an audience of white, overweight
men clap their hands to the sound of an African American choir.
Colin Powell's support of affirmative
action has no place in the GOP.
George W's video appearances on
the big screen as he campaigned on the way to the convention, although
obviously for hype and showmanship, worked fairly well.
W's father, the former president,
may have made the biggest news of all when, stung by criticism of W by
Bill Clinton, he told NBC that "If he continues that, I'm going to tell
the nation what I think about him as a human being and person."
As a kid (when we only had 6 television
stations available) I can remember the big three networks blocking out
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. all week for convention coverage. Nowadays, convention
junkies have to resort to cable channels like CNN or MSNBC to get wall
to wall coverage. I completely understand.
I appreciate W wanting to take credit
the increased passing rate for the TAAS test, but I doubt if he even really
John McCain spoke
on the second night of the convention and (1) fails to even mention
his pet peeve, campaign finance reform and (2) he says of Bush "I support
him. I am grateful to him. And I am proud of him." How odd. Even
today, McCain remains the good soldier.
When U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe of Arizona,
who is gay, spoke to the convention about free trade, "Some delegates from
Texas, the home state of the presumed Republican presidential nominee,
George W. Bush, bowed their heads in silent prayer, holding their cowboy
hats in their hands or over their hearts. One delegate in the crowd held
up a sign that read ‘There is a way out.’". Hey, its the Republican National
Convention not the Southern Baptist Convention.
Humorist Dave Barry wrote that although
Oklahoma representative J.C. Watts is the most influential African American
in the Republican party, it can also be said that Ringo Starr was the most
influential drummer in the Beatles.
The cowboy hats that the Texas Delegation
wore should be immediately burned.
At first I was skeptical of the
Republicans inviting "The Rock" (he's a wrestler for all of you unfamiliar
with the WWF) for an appearance on stage Wednesday night. However, after
he proclaimed to have 14 million fans, a number I wouldn't dispute, it
appears to be a pretty good marketing ploy.
I watched an interview with Gerald
Ford from the floor of the convention on Tuesday night and noticed his
slurred speech. I, along with everyone else, just attributed the problem
to old age. Lesson learned: It is pretty easy to ignore those "early warning
In his speech, Dick Cheney gave
a moving remembrance of how his job used to require a helicopter ride from
Andrews Air Force Base to the Pentagon. He spoke of how he enjoyed viewing
the Capitol, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. Then he
remarked "Just before you settle down on the landing pad, you look upon
Arlington National Cemetery...its gentle slopes and crosses row on row
. . . ." Oops. The cemetery has no crosses. All headstones are 42
inches long, 13 inches wide with a rounded top.
When George W made the "Don't Mess
With Texas" reference in his speech on Thursday night, why was I not surprised
to see media savvy Texas Attorney General John Cornyn sitting with the
Texas delegation and cheering like a frat boy at a Longhorn-A&M football
No speech should ever exceed twenty
minutes in length.
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