September 1 2004
INSIDE THE BUBBLE - NIGHT TWO: This morning let's
start with the age old question: which do you want first,
the good news or the bad? Okay, let's start with the bad.
Bush twins were a disaster. I just don't know how to put
it any other way. After the first couple of jokes I winced.
After a couple of more I was begging them to stop. They
litany of jokes they told were, in my opinion, both juvenile
and inappropriate. Even worse, the twins reflected badly
on the President, reinforcing the worst possible stereotype
of the ditsy, slacker daughters of a C-student fratboy from
Yale. My jaw literally hit the floor when Jenna bush said:
we've graduated from college, we're looking around for
something to do for the next few years. Kind of like Dad."
sorry, but whoever wrote that line should be dragged to
the guillotine at noon today.
get me wrong, generally speaking I like the Bush girls.
They did have an appropriate role to play last night - it
just wasn't doing a comedy routine. Maybe it played differently
on TV and maybe it was received positively by young voters
who were watching (a demographic of which I'm certainly
not part) but I tend to think the person who green-lighted
the Bush twins show last night should plead temporary insanity
- and then plead to keep his or her job.
was better. But she still didn't make a connection with
the crowd like some might have expected. In general, people
like Laura Bush. In particular, Republican delegates LOVE
Laura Bush. But her speech was rather pedestrian and the
delegates in the hall absorbed it as such, responding to
the first lady with polite and respectful - though not wildly
passionate - applause.
was in a different league. I watched the speech from the
floor and I must say I was a bit surprised it didn't generate
the type of electricity I expected among the crowd. That
said, Arnold is one of the more charismatic, camera-ready
politicians in modern history. He took full advantage of
his most favorable assets, namely his immigrant story and
his abounding optimism, to drive the crowd (and theoretically
moderate swing voters around the country) into the camp
of George W. Bush. On balance, I think Arnold made some
now two days into a four-day convention. So far, I'd say
that day one was an unqualified success but day two was
a bit of a let down. At least it seemed that way from inside
the bubble. - T. Bevan 4:55 am Link
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