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Convention speakers announced

There's a few oddities in here, but look for yourself:

Former New York City mayor and presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani will be the keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention, which begins Monday, September 1st. His Tuesday night address will follow primetime speeches from Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, who are seen as two of the most likely candidates to become John McCain's running mate, were not granted primetime speaking slots. Romney is currently slated to speak on Wednesday, Sept 3rd, while Pawlenty is scheduled to join Charlie Crist, Sam Brownback and Mel Martinez to address the convention on Thursday, Sept. 4th, before McCain's convention-closing address.(The schedule could change.)

Whomever McCain selects as his running mate will give an address in primetime on Wednesday, along with Cindy McCain and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindel.

Former Democrat Joe Lieberman and Vice President Dick Cheney will speak on the convention's first day. They will be followed in primetime by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.

Am I missing something? Whose idea was it to make Rudy Giuliani the keynote speaker? Yeah, that'll energize the base. And then there's the question of timing on Wednesday night. The schedule says that Bobby Jindal will speak after the VP, whereas Ed says his copy of the schedule says before. Which is it? Weird.

Like Allah, I'm a little unsure as to why exactly Rudy and the Governator are getting prime-time speaking slots over people like Mitt Romney, Carly Fiorina, and Tim Pawlenty. Neither one of them are real conservatives -- hell, they're barely Republicans. And they aren't the rising stars in the party. Their stars are getting dimmer.

I'm glad to see that Sarah Palin will have a prime-time appearance. I think I'm more excited to hear what she has to say, and Bobby Jindal as well, than anyone else at the convention.

This certainly doesn't shine any light on who McCain's VP pick will be, either. I've stayed mum on that subject because speculating over and over again seems to be an exercise in futility in my opinion. I just want them both to make the damn announcement and get it over with.

The convention is supposed to fire up the base, and I hope they're able to do that. With Giuliani as the keynote speaker, though... we'll have to see.


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Comments (25)

Based on recent polling, Mc... (Below threshold)

Based on recent polling, McCain's problem isn't the base - they're already going to vote for McCain (and not stay home) because Obama's policies scare the bejeepers out of them. He needs to fire up the squishy middle that seems eager for an alternative to the Big O. Rudy seems to fit that profile.

Wasn't Palin a possible Veep pick? Guess not anymore.

I'm looking forward to Jindal. If he kills he takes another step towards 2012 or 2016 as Obama set himself up at the DNC convention. Jindal could run as an experienced, accomplished Obama.

Looking forward to Cindy McCain, too, I've not caught any of her speeches before. The media should be forced to talk about her accomplishments in a realistic fashion when it's her turn to speak instead of portraying her as some sort of vapid trophy wife as they usually do.

I have to agree, though...Rudy??

Rudy's speech at the last c... (Below threshold)

Rudy's speech at the last convention was incredible. The thought of him might not energize the base, but his speech should if he talks about what he did last time -- the war on terror, keeping America safe, Iraq, etc. I don't know if it makes sense for him to keynote, but he can be a very powerful speaker. I saw him in person last year and he had a room of hardcore conservatives on their feet cheering.

Who said the schedules were... (Below threshold)

Who said the schedules were written in stone? Could McCain be keeping everyone guessing, and produce a surprise speaker at the last minute?

Well, I wasn't going to bra... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

Well, I wasn't going to brag, but I have received an invite to speak at - waitaminnut -

oh, my bad, it's a restraining order to stay at least 500 yards away from Senator McCain. Just like the one from Obama's people.

Nevermind ...

I guess McCain listened to ... (Below threshold)

I guess McCain listened to that putz Suckabee and gave him a prime spot. Unless he plans to keep people guessing Romney not have a prime spot is a disrespectful slap at him and his supporters.

Guilani and Swarzenneger ar... (Below threshold)

Guilani and Swarzenneger are both electrifying speakers. They will draw and keep a national audience.

Really, really great choices for speakers. They're heavy hitters. Their political stars might not be rising, but they can really move a crowd and come across on a television.

Rudy brings in the New York... (Below threshold)

Rudy brings in the New York/East Coast audience, and Arnold draws the California/West Coast crowd.

Jindal brings in the South, Palin the female voter, and Lieberman the dissatisfied Dems who know that Obama will be a disaster not just for the US but the world.

I too think Rudy is a good ... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

I too think Rudy is a good choice for keynote speaker. His campaign was a catastrophe but assuming he's rested and on the crowd will eat him up. Sure he's a squish on the social issues, ao just let him hit Obama on leadership and security.

I supported Rudy in the pri... (Below threshold)

I supported Rudy in the primaries and still wish he were the nominee. He is conservative on the vast majority of issues and, IMHO, is a lot more articulate than Sen. McCain. He will make a great keynote speaker and I really look forward to his talk. You couldn't pay me enough to sit through the Dems speeches. If Gov. Ah-nold from Ca-lee-forn-ee-a and Sen. Lieberman talk about the issues they have in common with Republicans, as few as those may be, they will also be fine. I'm also looking forward to hearing Gov. Jindal, who is a bright new fresh face - probably the future of the party.

In the news today:... (Below threshold)

In the news today:

One voter asked, "Are you going to pick a vice president that conservatives can rally around in the future, or are you going to give us someone that is going to make us want to stay home?"

McCain responded, "I will nominate a person to be vice president, my running mate, who shares my principles, my values and my priorities."

Well, as long as we have that cleared up...

It looks like NY's own acci... (Below threshold)

It looks like NY's own accidental governor will be speaking at the DNC convention. Add another drug using adulterer to the list of speakers. I wonder how many speakers we could come up with that meet one or both of those criteria if we look at both conventions. The phrase "a hell of a lot" comes to mind.

Why not Arnold for VP?... (Below threshold)

Why not Arnold for VP?

Who speaks when seems a lit... (Below threshold)

Who speaks when seems a little too inside-baseball to me. Bloggers and political obsessives treat it like a chess match but everyone else takes it in as it happens, if they pay attention at all.

EVERYBODY knows who Rudy is, he kicks ass as a speaker and he kicked ass after 9-11. He's a great choice because of what he's accomplished and what he represents to the general public. His position in the fantasy baseball team of conservatives shouldn't be all that matters.

nikkolai: Constitutionally,... (Below threshold)

nikkolai: Constitutionally, The VP has to be someone who is allowed to be President, since that is his main job. Arnold is foreign-born.

AMendment 12 "But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States."

"Arnold is foreign-born." -... (Below threshold)

"Arnold is foreign-born." -- My Boaz's Ruth

so is John McCain, being born in Panama.

<a href="http://leahy.senat... (Below threshold)

Senators Say McCain Eligible For Presidential Run

"McCain was born on a U.S. military base in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936 to American citizens. In February, The New York Times published a report calling into question the legality of McCain's presidential run based on whether he is a "natural born Citizen," as required by the Constitution. The issue was recently analyzed by former Solicitor General Theodore Olson and Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe, both of whom concluded that McCain is a natural born citizen within the meaning of the Constitution."

LaMedusa, are you surprised... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

LaMedusa, are you surprised that Herman was incorrect? The next time he's right about anything will be his first.

As for Giuliani as keynote speaker, and Arnold also, they are the face of the evolving Republican party, which is adapting to social changes far better than the Democrats. With far more emphasis on economic freedom and national security they attract far more younger conservatives and independents that value those while not being onboard with the traditional social conservative platform.

The trend in my lifetime anyway seems to have been for Republican Presidents to use the bully pulpit for any social agenda, but stick to the economic and security issues when it comes to actual law and policy.

The times, they are a'changing.

John, I am actually a (bare... (Below threshold)

John, I am actually a (barely) right-leaning libertarian. I couldn't agree with you more, and I was just politely answering Herman's blatantly inaccurate side-swipe with "tell that one to the senate."

Yeeeeaaaah, people are just... (Below threshold)

Yeeeeaaaah, people are just pining away to hear Mitt Romney drone on and on for an hour or so. And who da fukk is "Tim Pawlenty?"

When are some of you people going to notice that Romney isn't exactly catching fire with the average Joe? He's a dirt-dull ol' Mormon white dude who got his ass kicked every time the voters got a crack at him. Who wants to hear from this loser?

And who wants to hear from ... (Below threshold)

And who wants to hear from Rudy 91ul1ani? Man, it was fun rehashing his personal moral failings.

And who wants to h... (Below threshold)
And who wants to hear from Rudy 91ul1ani? Man, it was fun rehashing his personal moral failings.

Better than hearing from a long-winded, twenty-something, know-it-all Canadian who hasn't enough life experience to be sure of what "moral failings" actually are.

There are some 9/11 first r... (Below threshold)

There are some 9/11 first responders who have some examples of Giuliani's moral failings. Also, when a court needs to bar your girlfriend from visiting you in your home because your children are still there, then that, *arguably*, could be considered a moral failing...unless you can rationalize how it isn't, which would make for a fun bit of Clintonian conceptual gymnastics.

...unless you can ... (Below threshold)
...unless you can rationalize how it isn't, which would make for a fun bit of Clintonian conceptual gymnastics.

That last part I won't even respond to because it's bullsh*t speak capped off with a nonexistent, made up catch-phrase. It's only cool and innovative if it makes sense. There is always plenty of flak about Giuliani's questionable personal life. How quickly we forget what his accomplishments were, including his strength of presence during the 911 tragedy:

Rudy's Right Record

"I recently visited Baltimore, Charlotte, Richmond, Salem, Oregon; Seattle, and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, mainly to deliver speeches sponsored by Young America's Foundation. I conversed with conservative activists, College Republican leaders, university professors, and think-tank scholars, among others.

These Americans vividly remember Giuliani emerging from the ashes of September 11, like a latter-day Churchill rising from the rubble of the London Blitz. However, these involved and informed citizens knew startlingly little about Giuliani's other mayoral achievements:

-Through robust policing, Giuliani drove overall crime down 56.1 percent, while chopping homicides 66.6 percent, from 1,946 in 1993 to 649 in 2001.

-Abortions on Giuliani's watch dropped 16.9 percent, according to figures from the New York State Office of Vital Statistics. It reports 103,997 legal abortions in New York City in 1993 and 86,466 in 2001. Abortions fell more quickly under the pro-choice Giuliani than they did nationwide. The pro-choice Guttmacher Institute tracked 1,495,000 abortions across the U.S. in 1993 versus 1,303,000 in 2001. This 12.8 percent national decrease lagged the swifter fall-off in local abortions during Giuliani's tenure. Meanwhile, taxpayer-funded Medicaid abortions plunged 22.9 percent under Giuliani. Giuliani's pro-choice rhetoric seemed to accompany an official hands-off policy that otherwise did not promote abortion.

-Gotham's foster-care population fell 38 percent as Giuliani helped loving families adopt 17,804 boys and girls.

-By fighting fraud and finding work for legitimate beneficiaries, Giuliani cut welfare rolls 58 percent, starting two years before federal welfare reform. Giuliani renamed welfare offices "Job Centers."

-Giuliani privatized 23,625 previously confiscated, city-owned dwellings, 78 percent of supply, benefiting family and individual homeowners and tenants.

-Pursuant to his "One Standard. One City" campaign slogan, Giuliani dumped Gotham's 20 percent set-aside and 10-percent overbid bonus for minority and female contractors. "The whole idea of quotas to me perpetuates discrimination," he explained. He initiated this on his 24th day in office, far exceeding any colorblindness legislation Congress even debated during the 12-year "Republican Revolution."

-Similarly, Giuliani shuttered the David Dinkins-era Offices of African-American/Caribbean Affairs, Asian Affairs, European-American Affairs, Gay Community Affairs, Immigrant Affairs, Jewish Community Affairs, and Latino Affairs.

-Giuliani's $10 million Charter School Improvement Fund helped 3,286 pupils in 17 new charter schools, up from $0, zero students, and zero campuses in 1997. He ended tenure for school principals, so slackers could be sacked. He also stopped social promotion; students needed to complete grade-level work to matriculate.

-Giuliani ended "open admissions" at the City University of New York. Mean SAT scores for incoming freshmen rose from 863 in 1993 to 1,049 in 2001, a 21.6 percent improvement. Stricter entrance requirements did not impede minorities, as critics ominously predicted. First-time freshmen enrollment at CUNY's seven senior colleges grew from 7,104 in fall 1999 to 9,576 in fall 2006, up 34.8 percent. Black-student arrivals simultaneously increased from 1,655 to 1,765 (up 6.65 percent). Hispanic freshmen jumped 37.1 percent, from 1,771 to 2,428. Meanwhile, blacks earned 5.15 percent more bachelor degrees, from 3,843 in 1999-2000 to 4,041 in 2005-2006. For Hispanics, the equivalent figures were 2,456 and 3,032 -- a 23.45 percent advancement.

-In September 1999, Giuliani loudly wondered why taxpayers helped finance a Brooklyn Museum exhibition that featured a painting of the Virgin Mary decorated with a dried chunk of elephant dung. Photos of vaginas and recta, clipped from adult magazines, also festooned artist Chris Ofili's depiction of Jesus' mom.

-"The city shouldn't have to pay for sick stuff," Giuliani said. Often decried by Giuliani critics as an attack on free speech, he merely asked why such a provocative work could not appear in a private museum, without government subsidy.

-Meanwhile, ex-pornography mecca Times Square now welcomes families, tourists, and locals for fully clothed musicals like The Lion King and Mary Poppins. Under Giuliani, the city prohibited sex shops within 500 feet of schools, churches, and residential communities."

There is plenty more to read about Giuliani's legacy in public office if you even care to consider it. One moral failing might be that of focusing on a man's human fallacy without stopping to consider all the good that he has done in the world.

The National Review likes R... (Below threshold)

The National Review likes Rudy Giuliani--surely the most unbiased opinion of the man we're likely to find.

He was good with murder and abortion, lowering the citywide rates of both. What were his stances on guns and abortion again?

Say, which catch phrase in any language isn't "made up"? That one's apt, and has bipartisan utility. You can use it, it's cool.

"Clintonian conceptual gymn... (Below threshold)






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