Convention talk has quickly turned from last night's festivities -- Bush's televised speech praising McCain and Lieberman's heartfelt appeal to Dems to to elect his long-time friend -- and focused once again on the little-known, first-term governor from Alaska who will give the most important speech of her life tonight, days after she made public the pregnancy of her 17-year-old daughter and amid a flurry of questions about her preparedness.
In her speech tonight, the former beauty pageant contestant needs to appeal to middle class Americans
by showcasing her own economic struggles raising five kids, according to conservative columnist Cal Thomas
, who squares off against Democratic strategist Bob Beckel in USA Today.
While Republicans are busy navigating the choppy, scandal-ridden waters, Harold Meyerson
of the WaPo reminds us that there's a convention going on, and that Republicans have been ignoring the economy
. Also, the lack of diversity and consequent "whiteness" is unnerving.
Bush reflected little, if at all, on his eight years in office and acted simply as the "lowliest publicist
" being outdone by McCain pal Joe Lieberman, who gave the final speech of the evening, writes David Hinckley
in the NY Daily News.
And, even though Palin served him cupcakes
for his birthday a few months ago, Mike Doogan
writes in the WaPo that she isn't ready to lead. Likable, definitely. Electable, not so much.