1,2,3 Set’em Up, and Knock’em Down

So, last night I watched, in succession (through the wonder of teh intartubes) the RNC speeches from Fred Thompson, Rudy Giuliani, and Sarah Palin.

Folks, there has not been a better slate of political speeches in my lifetime. Oh sure, Romney, Huckabee, and Lieberman were in the mix; but their contributions were meaningless and everyone (including them) knew it.

The setup was the 1,2,3.

Fred built the stage:

Rudy warmed up the crowd:

And Sarah knocked’em dead in the aisles:

Whatever you think of the current Republican ticket (or the Republican party in general), you have to acknowledge that this is the single greatest act of political speechmaking since Kennedy; possibly since Churchill at Westminster.

… of course the fact that this is so is sad; given that it was primarily an anti-obama stump set, and the greatest of political speeches should be building things up, not tearing people down… but sometimes a man NEEDS to be torn down… or rather the inflated funhouse mirror image of a man.

Still, I believe it remains the single greatest act of politicial speechmaking in decades.

I say single act, because the three speeches really must (and clearly were intended to be) be taken together to get the full and coordinated impact. Yes, each speech stands as a solid construction on it’s own; but it’s the combination that really achieves the goal.

You can see it in the desperation, and the froth and spittle, and the feces flinging on the left. Shortly, you’ll be seeing it in the poll results… if the left will ever let an honest poll seep into the public perception.

Obamas support has clearly peaked. He’s got all the voters he’s ever going to get… and in fact if the sociology of polling proves true in this case as it has so many times before, even the support he supposedly DOES have may be between 10% and 25% less than reported.

McCain on the other hand keeps gaining support; and the actions and choices of his campaign are just solidifying that.

McCains biggest problem isn’t Obama; it’s the fact that the people who elected George W. Bush twice, mostly don’t much care for McCain. Of course they also mostly don’t care much for Bush anymore, but that’s another issue entirely. Bush has shown that he is not acting in their interests and according to their principles; or that when he is, he is doing so incompetent… but those principles haven’t changed, and those people want someone to represent them.

McCain has the support of the center right, and even much of the center left; that has never been his problem. His problem has been on the right. Up until now, the voters on the right have not believed that a McCain administration would represent them properly.

As of now, problem solved.

Sarah Palin, going on the offensive, these speeches, the choices the Obama campaign is making… McCain has finally got the right behind him.

The only issue I see, is that after this, there is no way McCains speech won’t be a let down.

If McCain manages to pull his off right (short, humble, quiet, dignified but maybe a little angry…), barring major disaster, he’s won the election.

The Republicans have taken the initiative from the democrats. They’ve forced them to react, and are continuing to keep them reacting. They’ve forced them to go to depths of filth that repulse the American people.

Frankly, the Republicans have pushed the left over the edge, and are laughing as the deranged and deluded, fall screaming to their defeat.

I am a cynically romantic optimistic pessimist. I am neither liberal, nor conservative. I am a (somewhat disgruntled) muscular minarchist… something like a constructive anarchist.

Basically what that means, is that I believe, all things being equal, responsible adults should be able to do whatever the hell they want to do, so long as nobody’s getting hurt, who isn’t paying extra

  • thomasblair

    His problem has been on the right.

    …in other words, The Base.

  • http://anarchangel.blogspot.com Chris

    That depends on whether you mean the republican base, or McCains base. McCains base has never been on the right; it’s center right and center left democrats, independents, and liberal republicans (there are a few. Lincoln Chaffee, Olympia Snowe etc…)

  • http://www.belowthebeltway.com Doug Mataconis


    I missed Thompson’s speech, but saw the others. Frankly, I thought Rudy was a bomb. If anything, his speech made clear why he never went anywhere as a Presidential candidate.

    I’ll admit that Palin did well, but frankly I never really doubted she would. The speech was written by professional speechwriters, Palin was secluded from the media for four days getting ready for it, and she was speaking in front of a crowd that, quite honestly, would have cheered wildly if all she did was recite the alphabet while twirling a baton. It would’ve taken an act of political hari-kari that even Dan Quayle isn’t capable of to mess that one up.

    After the speech it was clear to me why McCain picked Palin. It had nothing to do with experience, which she lacks, or being a maverick, which she doesn’t seem to be, but because she would energize the conservative right, evangelical wing of the party.

    Will she actually help him win the election ?

    Maybe, but if that happens she would be the first Vice-President since LBJ to do it, and LBJ did it by getting dead people to vote in Texas.

  • SC

    The balancing act for McCain now is going to be to keep the far right energized with Palin until the election, but at the same time NOT alienating the moderates that are skittish at the idea of another far right politician at the helm, even if she’s in the co-pilot seat. If he tries to put Palin under wraps for now, he may lose the far right’s enthusiasm; if he turns her loose and she hammers like she did last night, she could turn off the moderates that are hoping for a more centrist, less divisive administration.

    My guess is that he might gamble on a big far right turnout by turning Palin loose big time to slam on Obama and Biden, and cut the moderates loose to sink or swim.

  • http://poppychop.net/ Nitroadict

    lol wut @ rooting for republicans.

  • http://thelibertypapers.org/ Brad Warbiany

    I’ll believe it when I see it. Since early this year, I’ve figured that the election is in the bag for Obama. Intrade (even after all the Palin deal) still has Obama trading near 57 for the Presidency, albeit down from 60 before the Republican convention.

    But let’s see how it turns out when the honeymoon ends on Palin. I seem to remember another recent politician that came onto the scene as a blank slate, a mirror that reflected the political beliefs of the voter– Barack Obama. Several libertarians went ga-ga over him as if he’s fundamentally “different” from his political compatriots. In reality, he’s just the same old politician in gen-X skin.

    Palin seems different, I’ll give her that. I’m not yet convinced, though, that it’s the case.

    Of course, I’m not the one who needs convincing, as I’m pretty well jaded about all politicians. She just needs to resonate with enough voters in the cult-of-celebrity popularity contest we call governance in this country. Judging by what I saw on MSNBC the morning after her speech, she’s ready to assume the mantle of celebrity politician. Her best shot for McCain winning is to be a better celebrity than Obama, not being a better person or candidate.

  • Van

    I didn’t think it was anything special. Palin is the only one of the three who leaves a positive impression in my opinion.

  • http://anarchangel.blogspot.com Chris

    Van, that’s because the speeches weren’t for you.

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