After my cataract surgery, I was told that reading might be hard, but that I should be able watch TV. As if that was supposed to make me feel better! So while convalescing I caught up on Netflix and then finally slipped back into my long-held tradition (or is it betrayal) of watching the political conventions. (My custom, engrained into me from childhood, is that I should watch both of them.) So last night I tuned into the GOP speeches.
Quick review, because I can’t see very well to type: The speech by Ohio’s Rob Portman was not very good–he would have been a disaster as the vice presidential candidate, as he was widely expected to be. Mike Huckabee did well. Then Condoleeza Rice gave an outstanding seminar on our foreign policy woes. Followed by New Mexico governor Susana Martinez, the Hispanic woman who acquitted herself well as a rising star in the Republican party. Finally, vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan gave an outstanding speech, showing strong promise as a campaigner, as well as an intellectual bright light. (The vice presidential debate between him and Joe Biden should be especially fun.)
Are any of the rest of you watching the convention? Or do you have to be laid up from an operation to do so? What observations do you have?
Rudy Giuliani has said that Republicans have a better and deeper “bench” than the Democrats do. Do you agree? Who are the upcoming potential stars? This will be a good thing to watch for in the Democratic convention also. Who are the upcoming Democratic stars? Are they centrists, leftists, or do they have some new ideas?