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The Republicans Strike Back…

September 3, 2008

No, Darth Vader did not appear, lightsaber in hand. But Fred Thompson did take Vader-like control of the evening with a rousing speech criticizing the inexperience of Barack Obama.

Republicans, led by Thompson, assailed Barack Obama as the most liberal, least experienced White House nominee in history this evening and President Bush led the praise for GOP candidate John McCain. Republican delegates rallied behind vice presidential running mate Sarah Palin in the face of fresh controversy.

Jim Young, Reuters

Credit: Jim Young, Reuters

From USA Today:

Eight years after he accepted the vice presidential nomination at the Democratic convention, Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, the featured speaker Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention, made the case for Republican candidate John McCain.

AP Photo/Ron Edmonds

Credit: AP Photo/Ron Edmonds

“I’m here to support John McCain because country matters more than party,” Lieberman said. “I am here tonight for a simple reason, because John McCain’s whole life testifies to a great truth: being a Democrat or a Republican is important. But it is nowhere near as important as being an American.”

From the New York Times:

If John McCain wants voters to conclude, as he argues, that he has more independence and experience and better judgment than Barack Obama, he made a bad start by choosing Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska.

Mr. McCain’s supporters are valiantly trying to argue that the selection was a bold stroke that shows their candidate is a risk-taking maverick who — we can believe — will change Washington. (Mr. Obama’s call for change — now “the change we need” — has become all the rage in St. Paul.)

To us, it says the opposite. Mr. McCain’s snap choice of Ms. Palin reflects his impulsive streak: a wild play that he made after conservative activists warned him that he would face an all-out revolt in the party if he chose who he really wanted — Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Former Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson defended John McCain’s running mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as a victim of left-wing media attacks who fear what she represents. The crowd went wild.

“What a breath of fresh air Gov. Sarah Palin is,” Thompson told the cheering delegates tonight. “She’s from a small town with small town values. Well, apparently that’s not good enough for folks that are out there attacking her and her family.”

Thompson by Emmanuel Dunand, AFP/Getty Images; Lieberman by Susan Walsh, AP

Credit: Thompson by Emmanuel Dunand, AFP/Getty Images; Lieberman by Susan Walsh, AP

Palin disclosed Monday that her unmarried 17-year-old daughter is pregnant and will marry the father. She’s been under intense media scrutiny in recent days for a variety of reasons, including an investigation over whether she abused her office to try and fire her former brother-in-law and her history of securing earmarks for her state. McCain regularly touts his opposition to earmarks on the campaign trail.

Thompson blamed “media big shots” who attack her because she doesn’t “talk a good game” on Sunday talk shows and “hit the Washington cocktail party circuit.”

Palin has “got the other side and their friends in the media in a state of panic,” Thompson said, touting the one credential she brings to the Republican ticket that no one else can claim. Well, besides being a woman. “She’s the only candidate who knows how to field-dress a moose,” he quipped.

AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

Credit: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

From the Associated Press:

“God only made one John McCain, and he is his own man,” declared Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the 2000 Democratic presidential nominee, awarded a prime-time turn at the Republicans’ convention podium.

Obama drew criticism when Lieberman said the Democratic presidential candidate voted to cut off funding “for our troops on the ground” in Iraq last year.

And again when former Sen. Fred Thompson scoffed at the 47-year-old Illinois senator, who is seeking to become the first black president.

“Democrats present a history-making nominee for president. History making in that he is the most liberal, most inexperienced nominee ever to run for president,” Thompson said as delegates roared their agreement.

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