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 September, 2008


 Republican Convention High and Low Lights

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On Wednesday night, Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Pain slipped easily from the obscurity of the 47th most populous state into the national spotlight.

She gave a great speech. One that clearly highlighted her role as a loving wife, a mother and a daughter. For Republicans, she hit all the right notes and then some.

If I’d been in St. Paul and a Republican, she may have brought me to my feet. That is, until I realized I’d heard all of that stuff before.

Palin, like Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee who shared the podium that night, never bothered to mention better schools, health care, the rising costs of food and gasoline – or jobs that are rapidly fleeing to other countries.
She just claimed she’d keep us safe.

That played well inside the convention hall. She spoon fed tons of red meat to the assembled Republican base, by sounding more like George W. Bush, than even, er, John McCain does.

But that’s the problem Republicans fail to recognize. When they make speeches, people keep getting pushed out of the way, in favor of shadow monsters.

Contrast that to the speeches given by just about every Democrat last week, and you can easily see why Republicans have to strain to get votes among people who don’t see the nation’s number one problem is how to hide under our beds.

Bill and Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Barack Obama chose to talk about all of those things that mean something to real people.

When a Republican hits an applause line about drilling for oil in Alaska, for instance, they never mention the potential hardships of a worker who may have to spend as much to drive to and from work – as they make on their job that day.

Democrats do. They not only mention schools. They talk about the need to secure better educations for all of our children, by hiring better teachers.

Palin, Romney, Huckabee and Giuliani may try to convince us that there is a need to win the war in Iraq, or how much they care about the troops – they never bother to mention those troops who may win the war may need increased benefits when they get home.

Wars don’t lose limbs. The people who fight them do. The Republicans don’t seem to want to talk about them.

The words “health care” hardly ever pass through the lips of a McCain supporter. Not the ones I’ve heard claim they have a vision for America - although, some people can’t even afford to buy glasses to experience that vision, because their insurance premiums are just too high.

I heard one speaker on Wednesday night mention the mortgage crisis as if it has a mind of its own. It just, I suppose, happened to people who aren’t Republican enough to see it’s their own fault for losing their home.

Oh, the Republicans are back talking about how the Democrats are about to reach into everybody’s pockets and steal their lunch money. Republicans have a better use for our money. They’ll send it overseas.

Mitt Romney asked his fellow Republicans if during the Democratic National Convention anybody ever mentioned radical violent jihad. Nice talking point.
But the rest of America wishes Mitt Romney would STOP talking about it. And that he’d START talking about why Republicans DON’T talk about the rising violence on our own streets.

Sarah Palin is certainly familiar with that. She’s trying to replace a guy who exacted gun violence on one of his friends.

Palin missed the golden opportunity to appear to have empathy for those who aren’t as fortunate as herself, despite being a Republican. Instead she bonded with her gushing supporters by alerting them to the fact that she once sold an airplane on Ebay.

And too, she may be the only “hockey mom” on earth who’s drawn a standing ovation just by admitting she drives her own car to work. And she’s certainly adept at ignoring the fact that some people would drive to work too - if they only had jobs.

Edward A. Owens of Uniontown is Webmaster of “Red Raider Nation: Where Champions Live.” E-mail him at freedoms@bellatlantic.net