I was finally able to stay up to watch one of the conventions. The highlight of last night’s Republican session was the extraordinary spectacle of Joseph Lieberman giving the evening’s climactic speech in favor of John McCain. Lieberman, who was the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2000. Lieberman, who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004. Lieberman, who was abandoned by his party for his support of the war when he ran for re-election to the Senate in Connecticut but who won anyway as an Independent. How the Democrats will try to punish him now, after that speech in which he threw out more red meat to the crowd than Fred Thompson did (though his speech was effective too, dramatically telling the story of McCain’s heroism in captivity). Lieberman called on disaffected Democrats to vote Republican for the first time in their lives.
The most moving part of the evening, to me, had little direct connection to politics:
The introduction of five winners of the Congressional Medal of Honor. They looked like the elderly men you see at the local diner or at church. But what they went through in combat! And what deeds of valor they performed!