Friday, August 29, 2008

Republicans at the Podium in Denver

We were compulsively switching last night between Fox, MSNBC, and CNN, to catch the spin, but if you wanted to watch the actual convention, C-SPAN was the only place to be. Without C-SPAN we wouldn't have seen Ike's granddaughter Susan Eisenhower (pictured here), the most prominent Republican on hand to endorse Barack. (Text of her short speech is here)

The cable news networks may have shown a bit of her remarks, because she's, you know, kin to someone famous. They showed absolutely NONE of the short speeches by ordinary, non-famous Republicans from around the country who came to endorse Barack. Prominent among them -- and a strong presence in her own right -- was Pam Cash-Roper from Pittsboro, who admitted she had voted for Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush twice. "But no more," she said. "I can't afford it."

It was gratifying to see North Carolina represented by a nurse with a strong voice, a clear vision, and a sense of personal history intersecting with national destiny. She was one of the highlights of Thursday night.

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